Boundary element method for the heat transfer in metal cutting

C. L. Chan, A. Chandra

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In this paper, the boundary element method (BEM) approach is used to analyze the thermal aspects of steady state metal cutting processes. Particular attention is paid to modelling of the boundary conditions at the tool-chip and the chip-workpiece interfaces. Since the velocities in each of the regions are different, the heat transfer within the tool, the chip, and the workpiece are first calculated separately. A complete model for heat transfer during steady state turning is then obtained by matching the boundary conditions across the primary and the secondary shear zones. An exact expression for matching is developed to avoid any iterations. The temperature fields within the workpiece, the chip and the tool for various processing conditions are obtained and presented. The BEM is found to be very efficient and robust for this class of steady state conduction-convection problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
StatePublished - 1989
EventNational Heat Transfer Conference 1989 - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Duration: Aug 6 1989Aug 9 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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