Modeling of the effect of tool wear per discharge estimation error on the depth of machined cavities in micro-EDM milling

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    Abstract

    In micro-EDM milling, real time electrode wear compensation based on tool wear per discharge (TWD) estimation permits the direct control of the position of the tool electrode frontal surface. However, TWD estimation errors will cause errors on the tool electrode axial depth. A simulation tool is developed to determine the effects of errors in the initial estimation of TWD and its propagation effect with respect to the error on the depth of the cavity generated. Simulations were applied to micro-EDM milling of a slot of 5000 μm length and 50 μm depth and validated through slot milling experiments performed on a micro-EDM machine. Simulations and experimental results were found to be in good agreement, showing the effect of errror amplification through the cavity depth.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
    Volume92
    Issue number9-12
    Pages (from-to)3253-3264
    ISSN0268-3768
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • EDM
    • Precision machining
    • Tool electrode wear
    • Simulation
    • Depth error
    • Error propagation

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