STUDY ON THE APPLICABILITY OF COUPLED EULERIAN-LAGRANGIAN FORMULATION IN ABRASIVE WATERJET MACHINING SIMULATIONS
Keywords:Abrasive Waterjet Machining, Finite Element Method, Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian Formulation.
AbstractNon-conventional machining processes are considered as reliable alternatives to the established conventional ones in the case of processing of difficult-to-cut materials. Especially, Abrasive Waterjet Machining (AWJM) is advantageous for this purpose, as it can handle a wide range of workpiece materials and does not cause heat affected zones. In order to study the phenomena occurring during AWJM, numerical simulations should be carried out along with experiments. As machining processes involve significant material deformation, Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian (CEL) Finite Elements (FE) models have been proven significantly accurate for this purpose, compared to pure Lagrangian models. Thus, in the present study it is attempted to compare the predicted results of CEL and pure Lagrangian models in the case of AWJM and determine whether this method is applicable for the process or not. Simulation cases based on experimental results are employed and discussion on the predicted cutting zone dimensions, stress and temperature field is conducted.
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