Performance of bunched-electrode in EDM

Lin Gu, Lei Li, Wansheng Zhao, K. P. Rajurkar

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This paper aims to introduce the performance of bunched-electrode for die-sinking EDM. Bunched-electrode was formed by bunching numerous hollow cell-electrodes together to generate an electrode in which end surface matches the final surface of the mould cavity. FEM analysis and experiments were conducted to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of bunched electrode in ED machining. Experiments show that while machining with bunched-electrode, it is feasible to apply a much higher peak current to achieve higher MRR. Meanwhile, a special phenomenon called shallow radial craters in machining with bunched-electrodes was observed and analyzed. One possible reason may be that the plasma columns in the gap are distorted outwards by strong inner pressure flushing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Precision Engineering
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 29 2010
EventICoPE2010 and 13th ICPE International Conference on Precision Engineering - , Singapore
Duration: Jul 28 2010Jul 30 2010

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
Volume447 448
ISSN (Print)1013-9826


ConferenceICoPE2010 and 13th ICPE International Conference on Precision Engineering



  • Bunched electrode
  • CFD simulation
  • EDM
  • Radial shallow crater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Gu, L., Li, L., Zhao, W., & Rajurkar, K. P. (2010). Performance of bunched-electrode in EDM. In Advances in Precision Engineering (pp. 282-286). (Key Engineering Materials; Vol. 447 448).