The Machining Characteristics of Insulating AlN Ceramics by EDM


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AlN ceramic materials have high thermal conductivity and electrical insulation, prompting consideration of their use as a semiconducting material. Although AlN should be machined with a high accuracy of form and dimension to achieve products and components with requisite precision, mechanical and other machining methods such as the micro blasting technology or laser method cannot be used because of the brittleness and high thermal conductivity of AIN. Recently, we have succeeded in machining many insulating ceramics by EDM with the assisting electrode method. We have already machined many insulating ceramic materials such as Si3N4, ZrO2 and Al2O3. However, inferior machining characteristics were obtained with AlN than with other materials. In this study, the effects of several electrical discharge conditions were examined to obtain better machining properties, such as high material removal rate and a low electrode wear ratio. It was found that machining time decreased with an increase in capacitance, while the electrode wear ratio increased. In addition, the machining hole profiles were straight along the depth direction, and the shape of holes was non-tapered



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 523-524)

Edited by:

Tojiro Aoyama, Hideki Aoyama, Atsushi Matsubara, Hayato Yoshioka and Libo Zhou




K. Kaneko et al., "The Machining Characteristics of Insulating AlN Ceramics by EDM", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 523-524, pp. 328-331, 2012

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November 2012




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