Assessment of ultrasonic drilling of C/SiC composite material

H. Hocheng, N. H. Tai, C. S. Liu

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Ultrasonic drilling of two-dimensional carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) composites was investigated in this study. The composites were made through a polymer pyrolysis route. X-ray diffraction was adopted to examine the formation of crystalline structure in the matrix of the fabricated composites. Density and porosity, and flexural strength were measured to study the densification efficiency and the mechanical properties, respectively, of the C/SiC composites fabricated under various conditions. The fracture morphologies were also examined by scanning electron microscopy to investigate the fracture behavior of the composites under flexural test. The effects of various parameters of ultrasonic drilling, including abrasives, volume ratio, electric current and down-force, on the material removal rate, hole clearance, edge quality and tool wear are presented and discussed. Optimal operating conditions are identified. In comparison with other feasible machining processes, ultrasonic drilling for this composite material possesses advantages concerning machinability and cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials


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