Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-2666

Pneumatic Adaptive Drilling 2011-01-2666

A Pneumatic Adaptive drilling system has proven to be of significant benefit when looking to increase the production rate of drilling Titanium/CFRP stack materials that are increasingly present in new aircraft designs. The system also offers additional benefits in coolant control, cutter life and preventing drilling beyond a set cycle count while also minimizing air consumption. This paper reviews the history of “adaptive drilling”, the concept and theory when applied to a pneumatic positive feed drill, current applications and the potential future for the technology.


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