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Improving the sparks assisted chemical engraving (SACE) for industrial application


Improving the sparks assisted chemical engraving (SACE) for industrial application

Charbonneau, Frédéric (2016) Improving the sparks assisted chemical engraving (SACE) for industrial application. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Parameters influencing the discharge phenomenon and the etch capability of Sparks-Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE) have been investigated in last decade for a potential industrial application of this technology. Recently, Posalux SA, a company who evolves in the high-tech machine tool field, began the development of a commercial machine which uses the SACE process to etch glass. Since, the first commercialization of SACE, future customers’ needs have to be taken in account: the initial cost of the machine, the process cost, the machining speed, the reproducibility, the quality of the machining. The cost of the machine is determined by the company who work with customers to find a good compromise between the cost and the performances. This thesis focus on the three other characteristics (the process cost, the machining speed and the quality of the machining). Those characteristics can be improved by tuning the parameters used during the machining such as: propriety of the electrical signal, tool geometry, electrolyte type, electrolyte flow, machining strategy, etc. The optimization of those parameters has the benefit of not changing the mechanical structure of the commercial machine (not invasive). A special attention has been devoted to the use of a square electrical signal with an offset. Those variables have been empirically optimized to increase the machining quality and the machining speed. Based on those results, an explanation model was developed to describe the process. This explanation is based on direct observation, optical emission spectroscopy and thermodynamic consideration.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Charbonneau, Frédéric
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A. Sc.
Program:Mechanical Engineering
Date:November 2016
Thesis Supervisor(s):Wuthrich, Rolf
ID Code:982004
Deposited On:09 Jun 2017 14:39
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54
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