Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1988

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - (M.S.)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

E. S. Geskin

Second Advisor

Avraham Harnoy

Third Advisor

Lawrence Jay Schmerzler


This study is concerned with the dynamic of the interaction between the water jet and the work-piece. The piezoelectric transducer was used to construct an experimental setup. The simultaneous use of the constructed setup and strain gage enables us to validate the experimental procedure. The forces in the impingment zone were measured at different operational conditions. Totally about 400 different combinations of these conditions were tested. It was found that the force is mainly determined by the diameter of the sapphire. The effects of the abrasive size , abrasive flow rate, the diameter of the carbide tube, and the stand-off distance were also determined. The acquired informations will be used to improve the understanding of the mechanism of the jet formation and optimize the condition of cutting.



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