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Metals 2018, 8(8), 582;

PCBN Performance in High Speed Finishing Turning of Inconel 718

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Carlos III of Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad 30, Leganés, 28911 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 23 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 26 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Machining and Finishing of Nickel and Titanium Alloys)
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Inconel 718 is a Ni superalloy widely used in high responsibility components requiring excellent mechanical properties at high temperature and elevated corrosion resistance. Inconel 718 is a difficult to cut material due to the elevated temperature generated during cutting, its low thermal conductivity, and the strong abrasive tool wear during cutting process. Finishing operations should ensure surface integrity of the component commonly requiring the use of hard metal tools with sharp tool edges and moderate cutting speeds. Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) tools recently developed an enhanced toughness suitable for these final operations. This paper focuses on the study of PCBN tools performance in finishing turning of Inconel 718. Several inserts representative of different manufacturers were tested and compared to a reference carbide tool. The evolution of tool wear, surface roughness, and cutting forces was analyzed and discussed. PCBN tools demonstrated their suitability for finishing operations, presenting reasonable removal rates and surface quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: Inconel 718; PCBN tools; finishing turning; tool wear Inconel 718; PCBN tools; finishing turning; tool wear

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Díaz-Álvarez, J.; Criado, V.; Miguélez, H.; Cantero, J.L. PCBN Performance in High Speed Finishing Turning of Inconel 718. Metals 2018, 8, 582.

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