Analysis of the machining characteristics of EDM as functions of the mobilities of electrons and ions

Byung Han Yoo, Byung Kwon Min, Sang Jo Lee

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Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is a process that can be used effectively to machine conductive metals regardless of their hardness. In the EDM process, material removal occurs because of the thermal energy of the plasma channel between the electrode and the workpiece. During EDM, the electrode as well as the workpiece is abraded by the thermal energy. Tool wear adversely affects the machining accuracy and increases tooling costs. Many previous studies have focused on mitigating the problems of tool wear by investigating various EDM parameters. In this study, the tool wear problem was investigated on the basis of the mobilities of electrons and ions in the plasma channel. The material removal volumes of both the electrode and the workpiece were compared as functions of the gap voltage. The material removal difference according to the capacitance was also investigated. The tool wear ratio was calculated under different EDM condition and an EDM conditions for reducing the tool wear ratio was suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-632
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the industrial Strategic technology development program, 10033472, Development of Nano-based Ultraprecision Hybrid Machining System Technology, funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE, Korea).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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