Analysis of heat affected zone in the micro-electric discharge machining
by Olivier Thao, Suhas S. Joshi
International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), Vol. 13, No. 2/3/4, 2008

Abstract: It is known from the classical EDM process, which is a thermal process, that a significantly damaged zone, called Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) is generated around the EDmachined features. However, the presence of the analogous zone in the micro-EDM process has not been addressed adequately so far. This paper therefore reports experimental investigation into such zone, HAZ around the micro-EDmachined microholes. The work involved microhardness measurement, Scanning Electron (SE) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis along the longitudinal cross sections of the micro-EDmachined microholes. It was evident that there is a definite presence of HAZ around the micro-EDmachined holes wherein there is a reduction in the microhardness, which could be a function of variation in the material erosion phenomenon prevailing along the length of microholes and the metallurgical changes due to annealing of bulk material around holes. SE and EBDS microscopy did not show evidence of any recast layer ahead of the HAZ on micro-EDmachined surfaces.

Online publication date: Tue, 22-Jan-2008

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email