Development of the Hole Generation Technology for Aircraft CFRP Parts
Carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP), which are now used in some aerospace applications, is difficult to cut and drill holes in. Moreover, no reports have focused on selecting a suitable drilling method for each aerospace part. This paper discusses many methods of hole generation for CFRP composites, including methods using traditional drill tools and non-traditional methods such as abrasive water jet (AWJ), laser beam and abrasive blast. We look at traditional cemented carbide material tools, polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tools, diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated tools and ceramic tools. Then, comparing the experimental results of these methods from the viewpoints of characteristics, efficiency, cost, and hole quality, we investigate each problem to select the suitable drilling method. As a result, we propose a novel method to strategically obtain the best solutions to generate holes in aerospace parts.
Tojiro Aoyama, Hideki Aoyama, Atsushi Matsubara, Hayato Yoshioka and Libo Zhou
H. Fukagawa et al., "Development of the Hole Generation Technology for Aircraft CFRP Parts", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 523-524, pp. 226-231, 2012