Professor of School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—In this paper an effort has been made to compare the usefulness of electrode made through Powder Metallurgy (PM) in comparison with conventional copper electrode during electric discharge machining. Experimental results are presented on electric discharge machining of H11 steel in standard EDM oil with copper tungsten (75% Cu and 25%W) tool electrode made through powder metallurgy technique and Copper electrode (99%Cu). An L18 (21 X 33) orthogonal array of Taguchi Methodology was used to identify the effect of process input parameters (viz. electrode type, peak current, voltage and duty cycle) on the output factor (viz. Tool wear rate). It was found that copper tungsten (CuW) made through powder metallurgy gives better TWR as compared to conventional electrode (Cu) and the best parametric setting for minimum TWR is with CuW powder metallurgy tool electrode, 4 ampere current, 40 volts gap voltage, 0.72 duty cycle, i.e., A2B1C1D1
Index Terms—Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), Powder Metallurgy (PM), Taguchi methodology, Tool Wear Rate (TWR)
Cite: Nibu Mathew and Dinesh Kumar, "Study of Tool Wear Rate of Different Tool Materials during Electric Discharge Machining of H11 Steel at Reverse Polarity," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 53-63, July 2014.
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