EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON MANUFACTURING COMPLEX PARTS FROM COMPOSITE MATERIALS USING WATER JET CUTTING
The paper presents an experimental study on manufacturing complex parts from multi-layer composite materials consisting of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) using abrasive water jet cutting (AWJC) process. AWJC have some advantages, such as: no thermal distortion, high machining versatility and high flexibility. It is difficult to manufacture composite materials using conventional machining technologies. The main problems of conventional manufacturing are: tool wear, material delamination, high cutting forces and more. The experimental research proves that CFRP materials could be processed using AWJC processes at a good surface quality, good dimensional accuracy and a competitive cost.
Key words: abrasive water jet cutting, composite materials, CFRP, CNC manufacturing
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