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A study on micro machining of e-glass–fibre–epoxy composite by ECSM process


The paper presents the result of an experimental investigation on the micro machining of electrically non-conductive e-glass–fibre–epoxy composite during electrochemical spark machining using specially designed square cross section with centrally micro hole brass tool and different diameter round-shaped micro tools made of IS-3748 steel. A micro electrochemical spark machining (ECSM) setup has been designed, fabricated and used for conducting the experiments. According to the Taguchi method-based design, the specific numbers of experiments have been carried out to investigate the influence of the fabricated ECSM parameters on the material removal rate and overcut on generated hole radius. Test results show that the material removal rate is maximum when machining was performed at higher setting value of D.C. supply voltage (e.g. 70 V), moderate setting value of electrolytic concentration (e.g. 80 g/l) and 180-mm gap between electrodes. Taking significant machining parameters into consideration and using multiple linear regression, mathematical modes for material removal rate and overcut on hole radius are established to investigate the influence of cutting parameters during micro-ECSM. The influence of machining parameters on machined hole and special shape contour quality are also analysed through different scanning electron micrographs. Confirmation test results established the fact that the developed mathematical models are appropriate for effectively representing the machining performance criteria.

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Manna, A., Narang, V. A study on micro machining of e-glass–fibre–epoxy composite by ECSM process. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 61, 1191–1197 (2012).

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  • E-glass–fibre–epoxy composite
  • ECSM
  • MRR
  • SEM photo