JOURNAL OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS, vol.50, no.18, pp.2575-2586, 2016 (SCI-Expanded)
This study researched the effects of machining parameters on surface roughness and material removal rate in the wire electrical discharge cutting of high-density Al/B4C metal matrix composites produced via the hot pressing method. Wire tension, reinforcement percentage, wire speed, pulse-on time and pulse-off time were set as the control factors. The Taguchi L-18 (2(1)x3(4)) orthogonal array was used in the experiment design and determination of the optimum control factors. Variance analysis was applied to determine the effects of the control factors on the surface roughness and material removal rate. The results showed the most effective parameters to be pulse-on time (30.22%) for surface roughness and wire speed (83.20%) for material removal rate, and the optimum levels of the control factors to be A(2)B(1)C(2)D(1)E(1) and A(2)B(2)C(3)D(2)E(2), respectively. Predictive equations were then developed by applying linear regression analysis, and the adjusted correlation coefficients were calculated as 0.61 for surface roughness and 0.785 for material removal rate.