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Title: Digraph and matrix method to evaluate the machinability of tungsten carbide composite with wire EDM
Authors: Jangra, K
Grover, S
Chan, FT 
Aggarwal, A 
Keywords: Machinability index
Graph theory
Tungsten carbide composite
Wire electrical discharge machining
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Source: International journal of advanced manufacturing technology , 2011, v. 56, no. 9-12, p. 959-974 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of advanced manufacturing technology 
Abstract: Machinability aspect is of considerable importance for efficient process planning in manufacturing. Machinability of an engineering material may be evaluated in terms of the process output variables like material removal rate, processed surface finish, cutting forces, tool life, specific power consumption, etc. In this paper, graph theoretic approach (GTA) is proposed to evaluate the machinability of tungsten carbide composite. Material removal rate is considered as a machinability attribute of tungsten carbide to evaluate the effect of several factors and their subfactors. Factors affecting the machinability and their interactions are analyzed by developing a mathematical model using digraph and matrix method. Permanent function or machinability index is obtained from the matrix model developed from the digraphs. This index value helps in quantifying the influence of considered factors on machinability. In the present illustration, factors affecting machinability of tungsten carbide are grouped into five broad factors namely work material, machine tool, tool electrode, cutting conditions, and geometry to be machined. GTA methodology reveals that the machine tool has highest index value. Therefore, it is the most influencing factor affecting machinability.
ISSN: 0268-3768
EISSN: 1433-3015
DOI: 10.1007/s00170-011-3234-5
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