Title

PIERCING AND CUTTING OF CERAMICS BY ABRASIVE WATERJET.

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Date of Original Version

12-1-1985

Abstract

An experimental investigation was conducted on the machinability of aluminum oxide ceramics using the high pressure abrasive waterjet. The sintered alumina ceramics, supplied by the Coors Porcelain Company, were used as workpieces to determine the stock removal characteristics of the high strength ceramics. To quantify the material removal mode in terms of the various processing parameters, a series of piercing and cutting experiments were conducted. The workpieces containing different percentages of the pure alumina (85%, 94. 5% and 99. 9%) were pierced and cut. The processing parameters were measured and analyzed in terms of the water pressure, grain size, abrasive flow rate, abrasive type and traverse speed. The results were compared with other material removal processes including the waterjet processes applied to metallic materials. The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of applying the abrasive waterjet technology to the ceramic stock removal applications.

Publication Title

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Production Engineering Division (Publication) PED

Volume

17

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