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Development of new metal matrix composite electrodes for electrical discharge machining through powder metallurgy process

C. Mathalai Sundaram (A, *), R. Sivasubramanian (B), M. Sivakumar (C)
(A) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nadar Saraswathi College of Engineering & Technology, Theni, Tamilnadu – 625531, India.
(B) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mangayarkarasi College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India.
(C) Sree Sowdambika College of Engineering, Aruppukkottai, Tamilnadu, India.

Carbon – Science and Technology 6/4 (2014) 34 – 40.

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Keywords: Electrical Discharge Machining; EDM Electrode; Metal Matrix Composite.

Abstract: Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is one of the widely used nontraditional machining methods to produce die cavities by the erosive effect of electrical discharges. This method is popular due to the fact that a relatively soft electrically conductive tool electrode can machine hard work piece. Copper electrode is normally used for machining process. Electrode wear rate is the major drawback for EDM researchers. This research focus on fabrication of metal matrix composite (MMC) electrode by mixing copper powder with titanium carbide (TiC) and Tungsten carbide (WC) powder through powder metallurgy process, Copper powder is the major amount of mixing proportion with TiC and WC. However, this paper focus on the early stage of the project where powder metallurgy route was used to determine suitable mixing time, compaction pressure and sintering and compacting process in producing EDM electrode. The newly prepared composite electrodes in different composition are tested in EDM for OHNS steel.



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