Fiber reinforced composites, though relatively new, have already become important engineering materials. So far the main emphasis of research has been on the development of materials, but nowadays more attention is being paid to the industrial manufacture of products made of composites. Conventional machining methods and some unconventional machining methods like laser beam machining (LBM) and water jet machining (WJM) cannot be effectively applied for machining of composites due to the resulting problems of air borne dust, tool wear, and thermal damage. Recently electrochemical spark machining (ECSM) has been applied for the cutting and drilling of holes in composites. The success achieved in the application of ECSM for cutting of composites has simulated interest in exploring the prospects of use of traveling wire electrochemical spark machining (TW-ECSM) process for cutting of composites. An apparatus for TW-ECSM is designed and fabricated in the laboratory.
|Number of pages
|Journal of engineering for industry
|Published - Feb 1991
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Engineering