Ceramic Cutting Tools

Materials, Development and Performance

Edited by

  • E. Dow Whitney, Uinversity of Florida, Gainseville, USA


  • E. Dow Whitney, Uinversity of Florida, Gainseville, USA

Interest in ceramics as a high speed cutting tool material is based primarily on favorable material properties. As a class of materials, ceramics possess high melting points, excellent hardness and good wear resistance. Unlike most metals, hardness levels in ceramics generally remain high at elevated temperatures which means that cutting tip integrity is relatively unaffected at high cutting speeds. Ceramics are also chemically inert against most workmetals.
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Ceramics industry, tool manufacturers.


Book information

  • Published: December 1994
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-1355-1


"An elaboration of the fruits of research and an examination of techniques." - l'Industrie Ceramique et Verriere

Table of Contents

1. Ceramic Cutting Tools-Reflections on the Continual Process of Improvement Introduction Significant Advances Current Ceramic Cutting Tools Summary References2. Tool Life Introduction Temperature Chipping and Gross Fracture Pressure Workpiece Compatibility Structural Inhomogeneity References3. Selection of Cutting Tool Materials Introduction Work Material/Alloy High Speed Steel Uncoated Carbides Coated Carbides Ceramic Tools Summary4. Aluminum Oxide/Titanium Carbide Composite Cutting Tools Introduction Composition, Microstructure and Properties Grade Applications Tool Design Machining Recommendations References5. Cermet Cutting Tools Introduction Composition, Microstructure and Properties Grade Applications Tool Design Turning and Boring Grooving and Threading Threading Milling References6. Alumina-Silicon Carbide Whisker Composite Tools Introduction Toughening Mechanism and Mechanical Properties Application of Cutting Tools References7. Phase Transformation Toughened Materials for Cutting Tool Applications Introduction Development of Ceramic Cutting Tools Toughened Ceramics-Concepts Y-TZP and CeTZP System Applications ZTA Machining Applications References8. Silicon Nitride Cutting Tools Silicon Nitride SiAlON Cutting Tools Applications Summary References9. Aluminum Oxide Coatings for Cemented Carbide Cutting Tools Introduction Advantages of Coated Tools Wear Mechanisms Summary References10. Polycrystalline Diamond and Cubic Boron Nitride Early History of Diamond Case Histories Guideline for Machining with Polycrystalline Cubic Boron Nitride (PCBN) Summary Guides for PCBN Tools Cost Analysis of Machining with Superabrasives11. The New Diamond Technology and its Application in Cutting Tools Introduction Background Diamond Properties Diamond Cutting Tools Field Results Potential References12. Machining Economics Introduction Material Cost Reliability Labor Costs References13. Summary and Prospectives on the Future of the Ceramic Tool in Manufacturing Operations What Does the Future Hold for Ceramic Cutting Tools? References Index