Title: Depth of cut models for multipass abrasive waterjet cutting of alumina ceramics

Authors: Jingming Fan

Addresses: Faculty of Electromechanical Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China

Abstract: Predictive models for the depth of cut in multipass abrasive waterjet (AWJ) cutting of alumina ceramics are presented. Cutting operations both with and without nozzle oscillation are considered. The modelling process starts with the single pass cutting using a dimensional analysis technique and the particle erosion theories applied to alumina ceramics, before progressing to the development of the models for multipass cutting. The models are finally assessed both qualitatively and quantitatively when cutting an 87% alumina ceramic. It is shown that the model predictions are in good agreement with the experimental data with less than 1% of average errors.

Keywords: abrasive waterjet cutting; multipass AWJ; solid particle erosion; engineering ceramics; depth of cut; alumina ceramics; nozzle oscillation; modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAT.2010.034054

International Journal of Abrasive Technology, 2010 Vol.3 No.3, pp.238 - 258

Available online: 06 Jul 2010 *

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