Title: Machining parameters selection for varying surface in EDM

Authors: Joze Valentincic, D. Kuser, S. Smrkolj, Oki Blatnik, Mihael Junkar

Addresses: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia. ' University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia. ' University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia. ' University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia. ' University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia

Abstract: To achieve high removal rate and low electrode wear when roughing by the sinking electrical discharge machining process (EDM), appropriate average surface power density is required in the gap between the workpiece and the electrode. Since machining surface varies with the depth of machining, the rough machining parameters have to be selected on-line to obtain appropriate average surface power density in the gap. In this paper, a system for on-line selection of the machining parameters according to the given machining surface is presented. The selection of the machining parameters is based on the acquisition of only one process attribute, i.e. the percentage of short-circuit discharges, which is significant improvement comparing to known systems.

Keywords: electrical discharge machining; electro-discharge machining; EDM; machining parameters; monitoring; process attributes; rough machining; parameter selection; surface power density; material removal rate; electrode wear.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2007.013128

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 2007 Vol.29 No.1/2/3/4, pp.344 - 357

Published online: 09 Apr 2007 *

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