Suitable clamping method for milling of thin-walled Ti6Al4V components

Delport, Lourens Daniel ; Conradie, Pieter Johannes Theron ; Oosthuizen, Gert Adriaan (2017)

CITATION: Delport, L. D., Conradie, P. J. T. & Oosthuizen, G. A. 2017. Suitable clamping method for milling of thin-walled Ti6Al4V components. Procedia Manufacturing, 8:338-344, doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2017.02.043.

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The use of Titanium alloys is becoming more widespread in the aerospace, automotive and medical industries due to its favourable mechanical and thermal characteristics. Reducing the number of defective parts will increase the overall efficiency of the machining operation and thereby contribute to a more sustainable manufacturing process. An industry problem where a thin-walled titanium alloy aerospace component has deformed during machining has been identified. The effects of clamping methods during the machining process on the accuracy of titanium parts will be investigated through FEM analysis and experiments.

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