Feasibility study of rotary electrical discharge machining with ball burnishing for Al2O3/6061Al composite

Biing Hwa Yan, Che Chung Wang, Han Ming Chow, Yan Cherng Lin

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This study investigates the feasibility and optimization of a rotary EDM with ball burnishing for inspecting the machinability of Al2O3/6061Al composite using the Taguchi method. Three ZrO2 balls attached as additional components behind the electrode tool offer immediate burnishing following EDM. Three observed values (machining rate, surface roughness and improvement of surface roughness) are adopted to verify the optimization of the machining technique. In addition, six independent parameters are chosen as variables for evaluating the Taguchi method; these variables are categorized into two groups: (1) electrical parameters, i.e. peak current, pulse duration and non-load voltage; and (2) non-electrical parameters, i.e. flushing pressure of dielectric, rotational speed of electrode and residual height of hump. Experimental results indicated a feasible technique for applying rotary EDM with ball burnishing in machining the Al2O3/6061 composite. Optimization of this technique is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1403-1421
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 2000


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