EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY OF AL7075-T6 ALLOY MACHINED BY EDM
Keywords:Electrical discharge machining, Aluminum alloys, Surface topography, Surface roughness, Peak current, Pulse-on time
Electrical discharge machining is one of the most important non-conventional machining processes for removing material from electrically conductive materials by the use of controlled electric discharges. EDM is a non-contact machining process, therefore, is free from mechanical stresses. This paper investigates the machining Al7075-T6 alloy by EDM using a copper electrode. Al7075-T6 alloy was selected, because of its growing use in a lot of engineering applications. The effect of electrical parameters, peak current and pulse-on time, on the surface integrity, was studied. Area surface roughness parameters (arithmetical mean height, Sa, and maximum height, Sz) were measured on all samples and 3D surface characterization has been carried out with confocal laser scanning microscopy. The experimental results showed that the surface roughness is mainly affected by the pulse-on time.
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