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PX906: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond

This module introduces the students to polycrystalline diamond (PCD) composites and related materials, high pressure-high temperature synthesis and the importance of defects. The machining characteristics of PCD will be discussed along with tool fabrication, machining trials, wear and failure mechanisms.

Principal Learning Outcomes:

  1. Introduction to polycrystalline diamond (PCD)
  2. High Pressure/Temperature Synthesis of PCD - Process Model – Conventional PCD/Hard metal Substrate
  3. PCD Models related to “defects” in PCD material: Interfacial Grain Growth, - Plumes, - “Soft Spots”
  4. The Machining Characteristics of PCD, tool fabrication, methods of making machining trials, wear and failure mechanisms
  5. Cutting Using Diamond Materials: Rock Drilling and the basics of the diamond cutter and the twist drill versus the roller cone
  6. Advanced Materials Machining: Why and how diamond is used.
  7. Diamond Grits for lapping, grinding and polishing –functionising diamond materials
  8. Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) – The differences between PCD and PCBN, applications
  9. The challenges facing polycrystalline diamond materials – what would we like to solve

Module Leader

Prof Richard Todd



Contributing Lecturers:

Dr. Claire Dancer (Warwick)
Dr. Geoff Davies (Element Six)
Dr. Roger Nilen (Element Six)
Dr. Geoff Scarsbrook (Element Six)

PX906: Moodle Page 2018/19

PX906 Timetable