Some Effects of Electrolyte Flow Rates on the Electrochemical Machining Process
The characteristics of metal erosion are investigated under long flowpath conditions, when it is shown for a typical stainless steel that significant variations can occur in surface micro-finish in the electrolyte flow direction. Valency switches are also observed for this material, and it is demonstrated experimentally that the process is controlled by related electrolyte flow and erosion current density conditions. Similar effects are suggested during the machining of a low carbon steel. This paper reports part of a wider investigation into low flowpath ECM1.
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