EDM Studies on Aluminum Alloy-Silicon Carbide Composites Developed by Vortex Technique and Pressure Die Casting


Aluminum based metal matrix composites (MMCs) offer potential for advanced structural applications when high specific strength and modulus, as well as good elevated temperature resistance, are important. In the present work, aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites were developed using a new combination of vortex method and pressure die casting technique. Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) studies were conducted on the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composite work piece using a copper electrode in an Electrical Discharge Machine. The Material Removal Rate (MRR) and surface roughness of the work piece increases with an increase in the current. The MRR decreases with increase in the percent weight of silicon carbide. The surface finish of the machined work piece improves with percent weight of silicon carbide.

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M. Kathiresan and T. Sornakumar, "EDM Studies on Aluminum Alloy-Silicon Carbide Composites Developed by Vortex Technique and Pressure Die Casting," Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 9 No. 1, 2010, pp. 79-88. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2010.91007.

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