The effects of different reinforcement shapes on stability and repeatability of micro electrical discharge machining were experimentally investigated for ultra-high-temperature ceramics based on zirconium diboride (ZrB2) doped by SiC. Two reinforcement shapes, namely SiC short fibers and SiC whiskers were selected in accordance with their potential effects on mechanical properties and oxidation performance. Specific sets of process parameters were defined minimizing the short circuits in order to identify the best combination for different pulse types. The obtained results were then correlated with the energy per single discharge and the discharges occurred for all the combinations of material and pulse type. The pulse characterization was performed by recording pulses data by means of an oscilloscope, while the surface characteristics were defined by a 3D reconstruction. The results indicated how reinforcement shapes affect the energy efficiency of the process and change the surface aspect.
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- Zirconium Boride
- Silicon carbide fibers
- Advanced material