Peck Drilling of Composite/Metal Assemblies
Under Contract No. N00019-93-C-0006 EMD with the Department of the Navy, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (BHTI) conducted a Manufacturing Process Verification Test as part of the V-22 Engineering Manufacturing Development process. The objective of this test was to develop a “One Step” drilling solution for peck drilling close tolerance holes in V-22 major assemblies. These assemblies consist of Titanium / Graphite / Titanium and Aluminum / Graphite compositions. The V-22 is a graphite / epoxy composite structure that has metal detail parts mechanically attached to the basic structure. Attachment of these detail parts is accomplished with two piece titanium fasteners that require a close tolerance of .003″ per hole. To achieve this tolerance a drill / ream process is currently used.