Drilling Process in γ-TiAl Intermetallic Alloys

Materials (Basel). 2018 Nov 26;11(12):2379. doi: 10.3390/ma11122379.


Gamma titanium aluminides (γ-TiAl) present an excellent behavior under high temperature conditions, being a feasible alternative to nickel-based superalloy components in the aeroengine sector. However, considered as a difficult to cut material, process cutting parameters require special study to guarantee component quality. In this work, a developed drilling mechanistic model is a useful tool in order to predict drilling force (Fz) and torque (Tc) for optimal drilling conditions. The model is a helping tool to select operational parameters for the material to cut by providing the programmer predicted drilling forces (Fz) and torque (Tc) values. This will allow the avoidance of operational parameters that will cause excessively high force and torque values that could damage quality. The model is validated for three types of Gamma-TiAl alloys. Integral hard metal end-drilling tools and different cutting parameters (feeds and cutting speeds) are tested for three different sized holes for each alloy.

Keywords: Gamma-TiAl; drilling; slight materials; superalloys; titanium aluminides.