Chip Formation and Machinability of Nickel-Base Superalloys
Nickel-base superalloys like Alloy 625 are widely used in power generation applications and in the oil and gas industry due to their unique properties especially at elevated temperatures. The chip formation process of Alloy 625 is not yet well understood. Therefore, the cutting process of this alloy has been studied in detail by means of orthogonal cutting experiments at conventional cutting speeds and in the high-speed cutting regime. Alloy 625 shows a cutting parameter dependent change in the chip formation process from continuous to segmented chips. Silver has been added to Alloy 625 to improve the machinability. During machining of these modified alloys short breaking chips develop so that cutting processes are eased and can be automated.
C. Siemers et al., "Chip Formation and Machinability of Nickel-Base Superalloys", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 278, pp. 460-465, 2011