The current study aims to provide an understanding of the heat transfer process in compacted aluminum alloy AA6061 machining chips during the friction consolidation process (FCP) through experimental investigations and mathematical modelling and numerical simulation. Compaction and friction consolidation of machining chips is the first stage of the Friction Extrusion Process (FEP), which is a novel method for recycling machining chips to produce useful products such as wires. In this study, compacted machining chips are modelled as a continuum whose material properties vary with density during friction consolidation. Based on density and temperature dependent thermal properties, the temperature field in the chip material and process chamber caused by frictional heating during the friction consolidation process is predicted. The predicted temperature field is found to compare well with temperature measurements at select points where such measurements can be made using thermocouples.

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