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Title: Performance of micro PCD drills in drilling into SiC and effects of ultrasonic vibration


Authors: Osamu Ohnishi; Toshiro Doi; Syuhei Kurokawa; Kazuo Takahashi; Fusao Fujita; Hiroshi Mizue; Yukihito Kido


University of Miyazaki, 1-1 Gakuen Kibanadai-nishi, Miyazaki 889-2192, Japan
Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-kouen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580, Japan
Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., 1-1-18 Suehiromachi, Oita 870-0027, Japan
ADMAP Inc., 3-16-2 Tamahara, Tamano, Okayama 706-0014, Japan
Oita Industrial Research Institute, 1-4361-10 Takaenishi, Oita 870-1117, Japan
The Oita Prefectural Organization for Industry Creation, 1-4361-10 Takaenishi, Oita 870-1117, Japan


Abstract: The present paper deals with the micro drilling into silicon carbide (SiC) with micro polycrystalline diamond (PCD) drills. Micro PCD drills with a nominal diameter of 300 µm were fabricated by wire electrodischarge machining and they were used to drill into SiC test pieces with or without ultrasonic vibration. In the drilling test, performance of drilling into SiC was investigated. As the result of the drilling test, it was possible to make holes with good shape under all conditions. Large feed condition led to large chipping around hole entrance, bad surface roughness of hole wall and a shortened tool life. On the other hand, effects of ultrasonic vibration on chipping, surface roughness of hole wall, chip form and tool life were unclear, but the surface appearance of holes drilled with ultrasonic vibration did not seem to be affected so much by increase of feed.


Keywords: polycrystalline diamond drills; micro drilling; silicon carbide; SiC; ultrasonic vibration; hole quality; tool life; micromachining; wire EDM; electro-discharge machining; electrical discharge machining; chipping; surface roughness; surface quality; hole wall; chip form; tool life; feed rate.


DOI: 10.1504/IJNM.2014.059007


Int. J. of Nanomanufacturing, 2014 Vol.10, No.1/2, pp.175 - 184


Submission date: 31 Oct 2012
Date of acceptance: 14 Mar 2013
Available online: 01 Feb 2014



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