2009 Volume 50 Issue 4 Pages 847-852
Molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) was added to molten bronze consisting of Cu and Sn. Then, the machinability of the obtained bronze was examined from the viewpoints of cutting force, chip disposability and finished surface roughness. Copper sulfide (Cu2S)-dispersed bronze is produced by adding MoS2 to molten bronze. The dispersion of Cu2S reduces the coefficient of friction on the rake surface and increases the shear angle, resulting in a decrease in cutting force. The Cu2S-dispersed bronze has a good chip disposability because Cu2S acts as a chip breaker. The dispersion of Cu2S has no influence on the finished surface roughness. Thus, the Cu2S-dispersed bronze has an excellent machinability equivalent to those of CAC406 containing Pb and CAC902 containing Bi.