Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

38, 4, pp. 957-968, Warsaw 2000

A finite element model for abrasive waterjet machining

Ashraf I. Hassan, Jan Kosmol
This paper presents a first attempt to model abrasive waterjet (AWJM) machining process using the powerful tool of the finite element method (FEM) in order to explain the abrasive particle-workpiece interaction. The new model takes into account precise representation of the constitutive behaviour of the workpiece material under AWJ dynamic loading conditions which was ignored in previous AWJM models. In the present model, forces acting on the abrasive particle need not be initially determined, as in previous AWJM studies, as they are automatically calculated at each time step. The results show that the finite element method is a useful tool in predicting abrasive-material interaction and AWJ depth of cut.
Keywords: waterjet machining; finite element method