Investigating the Machinability of Metallic Matrix Composites Reinforced by Carbon Nanotubes: A Review

Robiul Islam Rubel,1,* Md. Hasan Ali1, Md. Abu Jafor1, Sk. Suzauddin Yusuf1

1Faculty of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology,
Saidpur 5310, Bangladesh

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2019, 10 (11), pp 786-792

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2019.0025

Publication Date (Web): Oct 04, 2019



The modern manufacturing technology tends to innovate different materials with simultaneous low density in weight, porosity, high toughness, corrosion resistance, thermal and electrical properties etc. Metallic matrix-based carbon nanotubes composites (CNTs) are a relatively new material concept. The CNT reinforced composite materials harvest the dual benefit of alloying metals with high mechanical properties of CNTs. Besides, the materials being innovated must have good forming or machining characteristics. However, no machining data or machining model are yet available for these newly developed composites. In this work, the mechanical machining of metal-matrix/CNTs composites has studied to review the available data and better understanding the material removal behaviour. The work also concludes on the suggestive machining techniques adopted that will not affect the structural deformation, mechanical, thermal, electrical properties as well as must not alter the mechanical characteristics of the machined surface. The present study will assist in optimizing the manufacturing composites with desirable mechanical properties in future CNT reinforced composite developments. © VBRI Press.


Carbon nanotube, mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical properties, machining characteristics

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