Investigation into white layer formed on wire electrical discharge machined Ti6Al4V surface
by J. Vinodh Jose, M.S. Shunmugam
International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials (IJMMM), Vol. 6, No. 3/4, 2009

Abstract: Wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) is widely used for machining a variety of materials including titanium alloys and intricate shapes that are used in aerospace, automotive and bio-medical applications. High temperatures generated during this thermal process affect the workpiece surface and subsurface. White layer, a resolidified layer formed, reduces the quality of the surface and life of the component. Researchers and practitioners are always interested in the white layer formation and its nature. In the present work, investigations have been carried out on the white layer formed on Ti6Al4V surface while machining by WEDM process and the parameters that influence the white layer formation are brought out by analysis of variance (ANOVA). Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selective area electron diffraction (SAED), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) and nanoindentation studies are carried out and the results are discussed.

Online publication date: Mon, 20-Jul-2009

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