SANTOSH KUMAR SAHU
Articles written in Sadhana
Volume 45 All articles Published: 23 May 2020 Article ID 0135
The present work reports an experimental investigation on Powder-Mixed Electro-Discharge Machining (PMEDM) of Inconel 718 superalloy using Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) dispersed in kerosene, as dielectric media. Effects of variation of peak discharge current along with concentration of carbon nanotubes in the dielectric fluid are studied in purview of machining performance indicators including material removal efficiency, tool wear rate, and surface integrity of the machined part. The obtained results are compared to that of conventional EDM which utilizes kerosene as dielectric media. Morphology and topography, these two aspects of machined surface integrity are deliberated. The following surface morphological features: uneven fusion structure, globules of debris, molten metal deposition, surface cracks, pockmarks, and recast layer are identified. Topographical study includes surface roughness, severity of surface cracking, recast layer thickness, transfer of foreign elements, surface metallurgical characteristics, residual stress, and microindentationhardness. It is observed that application of MWCNT mixed dielectric media substantially improves EDM performance of Inconel 718 over conventional EDM. This is due to excellent thermo-physical properties of carbon nanotubes.