Turning With Abrasive-Waterjets—A First Investigation

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M. Hashish

Flow Industries, Inc., 21414 68th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032

J. Eng. Ind 109(4), 281-290 (Nov 01, 1987) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3187130 History: Received February 10, 1987; Online July 30, 2009


Quantitative and qualitative results of a novel turning technique that employs abrasive-waterjets as cutting tools are presented. These jets are formed by mixing abrasive particles with a high-velocity (up to 600 m/s) waterjet in a specially designed mixing nozzle. Samples of magnesium boron carbide metal matrix composite, aluminum and glass were turned with the abrasive-waterjet tool. The effects of different parameters on the turning results are discussed. In general, the results illustrate the great potential of this technique to produce near-net-shape parts at fast material removal rates. Efforts for further research and optimization are discussed.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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