, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 415–423 | Cite as

Magnetic Field Influence on Surface Modifications in Powder Mixed EDM

  • Preetkanwal Singh BainsEmail author
  • Sarabjeet Singh Sidhu
  • H. S. Payal
  • Sandeep Kaur
Original Paper


The present study deals with the optimization of parameters to check the effectiveness of thermoelectric machining of aluminum based SiC reinforced composites. Here, hybrid ED machining of Al-SiC metal matrix composites (MMCs) is investigated in magnetic field incorporated conventional Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM). The input processing parameters, such as pulse-on/off duration, current were assessed to analyze their outcome on the response parameters in terms of material erosion rate (MER), microhardness (MH), surface roughness (SR) and recast layer formation. The experimental results witnessed decrease in microhardness values and reduced thickness of recast layer, accompanied by a significant effect on MER and surface finish while machining in the magnetic field coupled higher spark energy. The experimental results conferred the process stability and an excellent correspondence with experimental verifications.


Silicon carbide Metal matrix composites Non-conventional machining Magnetic field MER MH 



Magnetic field assisted powder mixed EDM




Material Erosion Rate


Microhardness (Vickers Pyramid Number)


Metal Matrix Composite


Electrical Discharge Machining




Magnetic Field (Tesla)


Degrees of freedom


Current (amperes)



Rep 1


Rep 2


F (vector quantity)

Lorentz Force

Seq SS

Sequential sums of squares



Adj MS

Adjusted mean square

J (vector quantity)

Current density


Aluminum-Silicon Carbide

Adj SS

Adjusted sums of squares


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The authors are grateful to Bo Sullivan, Senior Account Manager, CPS Technologies, 111 South Worcester Street, Norton, MA, USA for providing particle reinforced metal matrix composites for my research work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringBCETGurdaspurIndia
  2. 2.St. Soldier Institute of Engineering and TechnologyJalandharIndia
  3. 3.GNDU (RC)GurdaspurIndia

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