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State-of-the-art of surface integrity in machining of metal matrix composites

Liao, Zhirong; Abdelhafeez, Ali; Li, Haonan; Yang, Yue; Diaz, Oriol Gavalda; Axinte, Dragos

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Ali Abdelhafeez

Haonan Li

Yue Yang

Oriol Gavalda Diaz

Professor of Manufacturing Engineering


Metal matrix composites (MMCs), as advanced substitutes of monolithic metallic materials, are currently getting an increasing trend of research focus as well as industrial applications for demanding applications such as aerospace, nuclear and automotive because of their enhanced mechanical properties and relative lightweight. Nevertheless, machining of MMC materials remains a challenging task as a result of their structural heterogeneity which leads to deterioration of the machined surface integrity and rapid tool wear. While prior review papers have concentrated on the other machining aspects (e.g. process modelling and tool wear) of MMCs, none of them has addressed the subject of reviewing workpiece surface integrity aspects in details. This paper presents a detailed literature survey on the conventional and nonconventional machining of metal matrix composites with the primary focus on the aspects related to workpiece surface integrity. The contribution of material mechanical and microstructural properties as well as the material removal mechanism upon the quality of workpiece surfaces/subsurface are discussed along with their influences on the fatigue performance of machined part.


Liao, Z., Abdelhafeez, A., Li, H., Yang, Y., Diaz, O. G., & Axinte, D. (2019). State-of-the-art of surface integrity in machining of metal matrix composites. International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, 143, 63-91.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 27, 2019
Online Publication Date May 31, 2019
Publication Date Aug 31, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2020
Journal International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Print ISSN 0890-6955
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 143
Pages 63-91
Keywords Mechanical Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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Contract Date Jun 7, 2019


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