Machining Inconel Grades

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Nov 19, 2017 8:56:53 AM
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 What is Inconel

AISI B1112 165 100
Hast X 30 18
C-276 40 18
C- 22 TM 50 30
20Cb-3 TM 65 40
A-286 Annealed 54 32
A-286 Aged 30 18
Nickel 200 Annealed 65 40
Nickel 200 Cold Drawn 110 66
Monel 400 Annealed/SR 60 36
Monel 400 Cold Drawn 80 48
Monel R405 Annealed/SR 60 36
Monel R405 Cold Drawn 80 48
Monel K500 CW/HW 50 30
Monel K500 Annealed 60 36
Monel K500 Aged 40 25
600 Annealed 50 22
600 Cold Drawn 65 39
625 40 24
718 Annealed 40 24
718 Aged 20 12
825 20 12
X-750 Equalized 40 24
X -750 Aged 20 12

These machinability ratios must be recognized as approximate values. They are a reasonable guide to relative tool life and lower required for cutting. It is obvious, however, that variables of speed, cutting oil, feed and depth of cut will significantly affect these ratios.

The speeds are for single point turning operations using high speed steel tools. This information is provided as a guide to relative machinability. Higher speeds are used with carbide tooling.

The alloys described here work harden rapidly during machining and require more power to cut than do the plain carbon steels. The metal is 'gummy,' with chips that tend to be stringy and tough. Machine tools should be rigid and used to no more than 75% of their rated capacity. Both work piece and tool should be held rigidly; tool overhang should be minimized. Rigidity is particularly important when machining titanium, as titanium has a much lower modulus of elasticity than either steel or nickel alloys. Slender work pieces of titanium tend to deflect under tool pressures causing chatter, tool rubbing and tolerance problems.

Make sure that tools are always sharp. Change to sharpened tools at regular intervals rather than out of necessity. Titanium chips in particular tend to gall and weld to the tool cutting edges, speeding up tool wear and failure. Remember- cutting edges, particularly throw-away inserts, are expendable. Don't trade dollars in machine time for pennies in tool cost.

Feed rate should be high enough to ensure that the tool cutting edge is getting under the previous cut thus avoiding work-hardened zones. Slow speeds are generally required with heavy cuts. Sulfur chlorinated petroleum oil lubricants are suggested for all alloys except titanium. Such lubricants may be thinned with paraffin oil for finish cuts at higher speeds. The tool should not ride on the work piece as this will work harden the material and result in early tool dulling or breakage. Use an air jet directed on the tool when dry cutting, to significantly increase tool life.

Lubricants or cutting fluids for titanium should be carefully selected. Do not use fluids containing chlorine or other halogens (fluorine, bromine or iodine) in order to avoid risk of corrosion problems and contamination.


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