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Types Of Drill And Drilling Operations Engineering Essay

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Drilling is the most common machining process whereby the operation involves making round holes in metallic and nonmetallic materials. Approximately 75% of all metal- cutting process is of the drilling operation.

Drills usually have a high length to diameter ratio that is capable of producing deep hole, however due to its flexibility, necessary precaution need to be taken to maintain accuracy and prevent drill from breaking.

Drilled holes can be either through holes or blind holes (see Figure 4.1). A through holes

is made when a drill exits the opposite side of the work; in blind hole the drill does not

exit the workpiece (Groover, 1996).

During the operation, chips that are produced within the workpiece must exit through the flutes to the outside of the tool. As the chip is formed and extracted towards the surface, it will generate friction. Friction subsequently heat is also generated when the drill bit touch the workpiece during the holemaking process. Therefore, chip disposal and cutting fluids are among the most important elements need to be consider during this process.

Normally, holes produced by drilling are bigger than the drill diameter and depending on its applications; the drilled holes will subjected to other operations such as reaming or honing to better surface finish and dimensional accuracy (Kalpakjian & Schmid, 2001).

There are also several apparatus needed during the drilling operation as shown below:

A)Drilling machine B)Center punch C)Hammer D) Center drill

E) Twist drills F)Coolant G)Vernier caliper

H) Two flute drill set:

i. Center drill

ii. Countersink drill

iii. Counter bore drill

iv. Drill various diameter

4.1.1 Types of Drills

A drill is a rotary-end cutting tool with one or more cutting edges or lips and one or more straight or helical grooves or flutes for the passage of chips and cutting fluids or coolants. The most common drills are as follows:

a) Step drills

to produce holes of two or more different diameters.

b) Core drills

to enlarge existing holes

c) Counterboring & Countersinking

to produce depression on the surface to accommodate heads of screws &


d) Center drill

a short & stubby drill to produce holes so that work piece can be mounted

between lathe centers.

e) Spot drill

to start a hole

f) Spade drill

to remove large and deep holes

g) Crankshaft drill

good centering. Suitable for deep holes.

h) Gun drilling

deep hole making, length-to-diameter ratios up to 300 or higher, self-

centering, lubrication & coolant passage ~ trueness of holes

i) Trepanning

removal of disk-shaped piece.

j) Twist Drills

to remove the maximum volume of metals in a minimum period of time. It does not produce a precision hole: however, this can be achieved by a reaming operation.

Amongst the type of drills listed above, the twist drill is by far the most used cutting tools in the drilling operation. The twist drill is provided with two spiral grooves and two cutting edges. The chips produced are guided up through these



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spiral grooves. The grooves also serve as passage to the cutting fluid. In order that the cutting edges can cut off chips, two movements are required simultaneously; rotational speed and axial feed.

In twist drill, there are various angles to be considered (see Figure 4.2):

•Cutting angle (ca) or angle of


:The two lips must be of same length and equal

angle. For ordinary work, the cutting angle is

59° and vary with metal to metal.

• If ca>= drill will not cut the metal easily and

will not hold its position centrally because of

being too flat.

• If ca<= more power is needed to turn the drill

and drill will cut at slower rate due to the

longer cutting edges.

• If ca different=one cutting edge will wear

quickly and hole will be larger than drill. Will result in wobbling of spindle and drill wears out quickly

•Lip clearance angle

:The cone shaped cutting end is the point from

the lips and varies from 12- 15° degrees. In drilling soft materials, the angle may be increased under heavy feeds. For hard materials, the recommended angle is 9° degrees. If reduced further the drill cannot cut into the metal and may break in the centre along the web.

•Rake angle

:It is the angle between the flute and the

workpiece that is usually 70-75° degrees. This helps to secure the lip over the correct space to curl the chips. If more there will be no edge for cutting and if less the cutting edge will be too thin and may break under strain.

Figure 4.2: Standard geometry of a twist drill (Groover, 1996).



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Drilling can be done on a wide variety of machines, ranging from hand-held portable drills to multiple spindle heads capable of handling thousand of drills at the same time. For ordinary workshop purposes there are three main types of drilling machines in use shown in Table 4.1 below.

The sensitive drill is used for light drilling on small parts. The upright drill press is used for heavy duty drilling and finally the radial drill press is used for drilling large, heavy workpiece that are difficult to move. There are also other special purpose drilling machines ranging from microscopic drilling machine to deep-hole drilling and turret head drills (Kibbleat., 2002).

The one which is being used in the Workshop, Kulliyyah of Engineering is the pillar- drilling machine. The vertical feed is actuated by hand. The machinist can sense the how fast the drill is cutting and can control it according to the condition of the moment. These require some skills in judging the appropriate feed rate.



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The types of drilling machine can range from a simple bench type units used to drill small diameter holes, to large radial drills, which can accommodate large workpieces. The drill head of a universal drilling machine can be swiveled to drill holes at an angle. For high production rate operations, a multiple spindles or also known as gang drilling can be used. This type of machine is capable of drilling in one step as many as 50 holes of varying sizes, depth and locations.

Type of driller

Drill diam.








Up to 5







5 - 12





12 - 30


Gear box


Radial arm

30 - 90


Gear box


Table 4.1: The rules and principles of cutting speeds and RPM calculations in drilling


Drilled holes are used to take up screws, bolts, shafts, electrical wiring, steam pipes, fitting of furniture and equipment and further more to pass through gases, fluids etc. It is clear that the production of holes is a major part of al engineering manufacture. The drilled holes either have through or blind holes and the machine tool used to produce holes is usually the drilling machine.

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Drills are classified by material, length, shape, number, and type of helix or flute, shank, point characteristics, and size series. Drills are produced from high-speed steel (HSS), solid carbide, or with carbide brazed inserts. Most drills are made for right-hand rotation. Right-hand drills, as viewed from their point, with the shank facing away from our view, are rotated in a counterclockwise direction in order to cut. Left-hand drills cut when rotated clockwise in a similar manner.

Because of the great force applied by the machine in drilling, it is essential to ensure the rigidity of both cutting tools and workpiece. The drill must be correctly held and the workpiece clamped to the table. There are three ways workpiece is usually held in drilling machine, by using: (a) vise, (b) fixtures and (c) jig. A vise is a general purpose workholding device possessing two jaws that grasp the workpiece. A fixture is a workholding device that is usually custom designed for the particular workpiece. A jig is a workholding device that is also specially design to the workpiece. The difference between a jig and a fixture is the jig provides a means of guiding the tool during drilling operation.



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Cutting speeds and RPM calculations are those operations that are strictly drilling operations, but the drilling operation is also used to perform other operations such as reaming, tapping, countersinking and counterboring. The following are the basic formula that are commonly used in the drilling operation.

• Cutting speed is the peripheral speed of the cutting edge =π D N; where

D is the drill diameter


N is the rotational speed (rpm)

The cutting speed selection depends on both the workpiece and cutter materials;

N = V x 1000rpm, where


V is cutting speed


N is rotational speed (rpm)

* Note that V is in m/min and D in mm

•Feed (f) is the distance the drill penetrate per revolution (mm/rev), the share of each

cutting edge is = f/2

• Depth of cut is taken as half the diameter for drilling = D/2

• Drilling time (T) can be given by the equation;

T = L / f N; where

f is the feed (mm/rev)

N is the rotational speed (rpm)

L is the sum of hole depth, approach and over travel distances

*The approach is usually considered as 0.4D while over travel ranges from 1 to 3mm.

•Material removal rate (MRR) in drilling is the volume of material removed by the

drill per unit time.

MRR = (Ï€ D² / 4).(f).(N)



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4.3.1 Sample Questions

1) 20 mm diameter drill is on a drilling machine with cutting speed 25. If the

feed is 0.25 mm/rev, what is the MRR? What is the MRR is the drill diameter

is tripled?

2) The hole of a diameter of 44.7 mm is to be drilled to a depth of 60 mm and reamed to a diameter of 45 mm. The feed is 0.56 mm/rev for drilling. The cutting speed is 70.6 m/min. The reaming approach is 0.55 mm and over travel is 2 mm. Determine :-

a) The feed and spindle speed for reaming operation.

b) The drilling time

c) The reaming time

d) The MRR for the drilling operation.


In a standard drilling operation, the following steps are taken (Gupta, 1996):

a) Firstly, the workpiece is marked with a centre punch at the centre of the hole to

be drilled.

b) It is then held firmly in a vice or other suitable clamping device and place on the

table of the drilling machine.

c) The socket containing the drill is fitted in the machine spindle.

d) The spindle is lowered by the hand lever and it is ensured that the point of the

drill is in exact alignment with the previously marked centre of the hole.

e) The motor is now started and the rotating drill is gradually pressed into the

workpiece to produce the desired hole.

f) The pressure should be frequently relived during the drilling operations,

otherwise the cutting edges of the drill will be strained and the drill is damaged.

g) In order to avoid spoiling the cutting edge of the drill, coolant such as oil or soap

water should be used constantly during the drilling operation

4.4.1 Cutting Fluids

A large number of coolant and cutting oils are used in drilling operations. A good cutting fluid will cool the workpiece and tool and will also act as a lubricant between the chip and the tool to reduce friction and heat buildup. Table 4.2 lists some of the cutting fluids for different materials.

Type of cutting fluid



Soluble Oil Kerosene Sulfurised














Cast iron



Low carbon










Emulsifying or soluble oils

mixed in water


For main requirement to use inexpensive cooling medium

Animal or mineral oils with

added sulfur or chlorine


For operations that tend to create more friction and for

reaming, counterboring, countersinking and tapping


Table 4.2 List of cutting fluids for different materials


The general design guidelines recommended by Kalpakjianat. (2001) for drilling,

reaming and tapping operations are as follows:

a) Design should allow holes to be drilled on flat surfaces and perpendicular to

the drill motion. Exit surfaces for the drill should also be flat.

b) Interrupted hole surfaces should be avoided or minimized for improved

dimensional accuracy.

c) Hole bottom should if possible match standard drill point angles (Section

4.1.1). Flat bottoms or odd shapes should be avoided



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d) Through holes are preferred over blind holes. If holes with large diameters are

required, the parts should have a pre-existing hole.

e) Part should be designed so that all drilling can be done with a minimum of

fixturing and without repositioning the workpiece.

f) It may be difficult to ream blind or intersecting holes because of the

possibility of tool breakage. Extra hole depth should be provided.

g) Blind holes must be drilled deeper than subsequent reaming or tapping

operations that may be performed.


A general guideline to the probable causes of problems in drilling operations is listed

below Kalpakjian & Schmid, 2001:


Possible Causes

Drill breakage


Dull drill; seizing in hole because of chips clogging

flutes; feed too high; lip relief angle too small

Excessive drill wear


Cutting speed too high; ineffective cutting fluid; rake angle too high; drill burned and strength lost when sharpened

Tapered hole


Drill misaligned or bend; lips not equal; web not central

Oversized hole


Same as above; machine spindle loose; chisel edge not

central; side pressure on workpiece

Poor hole surface finish


Dull drill; ineffective cutting fluid; welding of workpiece material on drill margin; improperly ground drill; improper alignment

Table 4.3: List of problems and possible causes in drilling operation

Figure 4.4: Causes of oversize drilling: (a) drill

lips ground to unequal lengths, (b) drill lips

ground to unequal angles, and (c) unequal

angles and lengths



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Poor work habits will lead to injuries. Chip flying into unprotected eyes, dropping heavy tools, getting hair or clothing caught in a rotating drill are among many hazards that can be avoided through safe work habits. The list below denotes a safety rules that student/ machinist need to be follow when doing the drilling operation:

a) Workpieces should always be secured with bolts and strap clams, C-clamps or

fixtures. A drill press vise should be used when drilling small parts. If a clamp

should come loose and a "merry go round" result, do not try to stop it from

turning with your hands. Turn of the machine quickly.

b) Ensure all parts are properly secured and safe to run before starting the


c) Never clean the taper in the spindle when the drill is running, since this could

result in broken fingers or worse injuries.

d) Always remove the chuck key immediately after using it. A key left in the

chuck will be thrown out at high velocity when the machine is turned on.

e) Never stop the drill press spindle with your hand after you have turned off the

machine, sharp chips often collect around the chuck or spindle. Do not reach

around, near or behind a revolving drill.

f) Do not leave the machine running unattended.

g) Remove and clear all metal chips in between machine parts before and after


h) Do not change gear when the machine is running.

i) Use a brush instead of your hands to clean chips off the machine. Never use

an air jet for removing chips as this will cause the chips to fly at a high

velocity and may lead to cuts and eye injuries. Do not clean chips or wipe oil

while the machine is running.

j) When moving the head or table on sensitive drill presses, make sure a safety clamps is set just below the table or head on the column; this will prevent the table from suddenly dropping if the column clamp is prematurely released.


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