Assessment of research needs for sustainability of unconventional machining processes

J. R. Gamage, A.K.M. DeSilva

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The use of unconventional machining (UCM) practices is increasing for product manufacture particularly when machining difficult to cut materials and when high precision is required. There is plenty of research conducted on improving sustainability of traditional machining. However, sustainability studies on unconventional/non-traditional machining practices are few. This review aims to determine the current state of the art in sustainability assessment of unconventional machining practices and identify gaps in research. An extensive review was carried out and analysed using a qualitative data analysing software. The analysis shows that only 25 publications directly and indirectly discuss the matter of sustainability of UCM. Out of this almost 70% of publications were recorded after year 2006 showing a clear evidence of uncovered
research gap in the field with a growing interest. Despite this trend, evidence on studies which are explicitly dedicated to analyse the
sustainability of UCM are rare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-390
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2015


  • sustainability
  • unconventional machining
  • UCM


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