Application of new tool material for electrical discharge machining (EDM)

Khanra, A K and Pathak, L C and Godkhindi, M M (2009) Application of new tool material for electrical discharge machining (EDM). Bulletin of Materials Science, 32 (4). pp. 401-405.

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In EDM, Cu and graphite are commonly used as tool materials. The poor wear resistance is the drawback of these tools. In the current study, an attempt has been made to develop a ZrB2-Cu composite as an EDM tool material to overcome this problem. Initially, the ZrB2 powder is prepared by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) technique and synthesized powder is mixed with different amounts of Cu powder. Dense composite is developed by a pressureless sintering at 1250°C. The composites are tested as tool material at different EDM process parameters during machining of mild steel. The ZrB2-40 wt% Cu composite shows highest metal removal rate (MRR) with significant tool removal rate (TRR) than other composites. The performance of ZrB2-40 wt% Cu composite is compared to conventional Cu tool. The composite shows higher MRR with less TRR than Cu tool but it shows more average surface roughness and diameteral overcut than Cu tool.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:EDM - SHS - sintering - composite - metal removal rate - surface roughness
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:829
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:03 Jun 2010 09:41
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