Correlation of the Volumetric Tool Wear Rate of Carbide Milling Inserts With the Material Removal Rate of Ti6Al4V Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective of this paper is to assess the correlation of volumetric tool wear (VTW) and wear rate of carbide tools on the material removal rate (MRR) of titanium alloys. A previously developed methodology for assessing the worn tool material volume is utilized for quantifying the VTW of carbide tools when machining Ti6Al4V. To capture the tool response, controlled milling experiments are conducted at suitable corner points of the recommended feed-speed design space, for constant stock material removal volumes. For each case, the tool material volume worn away, as well as the corresponding volumetric wear profile evolution in terms of a set of geometric coefficients, is quantifiedthese are then related to the MRR. Further, the volumetric wear rate and the M-ratio (volume of stock removed to VTW) which is a measure of the cutting tool efficiency, are related to the MRRthese provide a tool-life based optimal MRR for profitability. This work not only elevates tool wear from a 1D to 3D concept, but helps in assessing machining economics from a stock material-removal-efficiency perspective as well.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Kuttolamadom, M., Mehta, P., Mears, L., & Kurfess, T.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Kuttolamadom, Mathew||Mehta, Parikshit||Mears, Laine||Kurfess, Thomas

publication date

  • April 2015