Hole-Making and Drilling Technology for Composites

Hole-Making and Drilling Technology for Composites

Advantages, Limitations and Potential

1st Edition - April 15, 2019

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  • Editors: Ahmad Abdullah, S.M. Sapuan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081023976

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Hole-Making and Drilling Technology for Composites: Advantages, Limitations and Potential presents the latest information on hole-making, one of the most commonly used processes in the machining of composites. The book provides practical guidance on hole-making and drilling technology and its application in composite materials and structures. Chapters are designed via selected case studies to identify the knowledge gap in hole-making operations in composites and to highlight the deficiencies of current methods. The book documents the latest research, providing a better understanding of the pattern and characterization of holes produced by various technologies in composite materials. It is an essential reference resource for academic and industrial researchers and professional involved in the manufacturing and machining of composites. In addition, it is ideal for postgraduate students and designers working on the design and fabrication of polymeric composites in automotive and aerospace applications.

Key Features

  • Features updated information on the most relevant hole-drilling methods and their potential in aircraft and other structural applications
  • Features practical guidance for the end user on how to select the most appropriate method when designing fiber-reinforced composite materials
  • Demonstrates systematic approaches and investigations on the design, development and characterization of ‘composite materials’


Academic and industrial researchers and professional involved in the manufacturing and machining of composites as well as postgraduate students and designers working on the design and fabrication of polymeric composites in automotive and aerospace applications

Table of Contents

  • 1. Review of Hole Making Technology for composites
    2. Defects in Holes Making on Composite Panel: A Review on Delamination
    3. Structural Integrity Assessment of Composite Joint - A Review
    4. Drilling of Fiber Reinforced Composites – An Innovative Tool Design
    5. Drilling of composite laminates using a special tool point geometry
    6. Drilling of Fiber Reinforced Composites – An Innovative Tool Design
    7. Application of Ultrasonic-Assisted Machining Process for Making Holes in Composite Laminates
    8. Laser drilling of composite materials
    9. Drilling of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics (GFRP) ­- An Experimental Investigation and Finite Element Study
    10. Precision Punching – A New Method in Hole Making on Composite Panel
    11. Single Shot Aluminum/CFRP/Aluminum Stacks Holes Drilling
    12. Sustainability Issues in Hole Making Technologies: Current Practices and Challenges
    13. Machinability Studies in Drilling Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites
    14. Burr Assessment of Punched Holes on Al/CFRP/Al-Stacked Panel by Profile Measurement Technique
    15. Electro-Discharge Drilling of Metal Matrix Composites
    16. Comparison between drilling and punching in terms of quality and productivity

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2019
  • Published: April 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081023976

About the Editors

Ahmad Abdullah

A.B. Abdullah obtained his PhD from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. His research interests include precision metal forming, tool and die design, and product design and development. He has published more than 100 research papers in various international journals, and 6 books. He is actively involved as a reviewer for the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Springer, USA), the Journal of Material Processing Technology and Measurements (Elsevier), and the Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM International). He is member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

S.M. Sapuan

S.M. Sapuan is a researcher and Professor of Composite Materials in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing, at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He is also Head of the Laboratory of Biocomposite Technology, INTROP, UPM. He has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, an MSc in Engineering Design from Loughborough University, UK and PhD in Material Engineering from De Montfort University, UK. He is a Professional Engineer, and a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers; the Academy of Science Malaysia; the Plastic and Rubber Institute Malaysia; the Malaysian Scientific Association and the Institute of Materials Malaysia. He is an Honorary Member and past Vice President of the Asian Polymer Association based in IIT Delhi and Founding Chairman and Honorary Member of the Society of Sugar Palm Development and Industry, Malaysia. He is co-editor-in-chief of Functional Composites and Structures, and a member of the editorial boards of more than two dozen journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universiti Putra Malaysia,Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia

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