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Experimental Investigation of Wire-EDM Process Parameters for Surface Roughness in the Machining of Carbon Steel 1017 and Aluminum Alloy 6060

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, KSA


American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2018, Vol. 6 No. 3, 132-147
DOI: 10.12691/ajme-6-3-6
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Mohammad S. Alsoufi, Dhia K. Suker. Experimental Investigation of Wire-EDM Process Parameters for Surface Roughness in the Machining of Carbon Steel 1017 and Aluminum Alloy 6060. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2018; 6(3):132-147. doi: 10.12691/ajme-6-3-6.

Correspondence to: Mohammad  S. Alsoufi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, KSA. Email: mssoufi@uqu.edu.sa

Abstract

Electrical discharge machining is an old technology that has been used for old manufacturing processes. Nowadays, the modernized version of the machine is used to manufacture different objects using a wire feed. The parameters in which the machine operates have diverse effects on product quality and surface finish. This paper investigates the performance of a wire electrical discharge machining process for different wire feed rates. The process is a non-traditional machining method. Several tests have been performed considering a carbon steel 1017 and aluminum alloy 6060 machined via Wire-EDM. By using different wire feed rates (3 mm/min, 5 mm/min and 7 mm/min), the average surface roughness, Ra, has been investigated in this study. Results show that the wire feed rate is a significant variable to the surface quality finish. The surface roughness of the test target materials increased as this variable increased. The present study recommends setting the wire feed rate as low as possible with the aim of improving results in the surface quality finish. The obtained results and some of the most necessary parameters affecting the manufacturing process of wire-EDM are briefly defined and are then discussed in detail in this study.

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