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Multi-objective optimization for optimum abrasive water jet machining process parameters of Inconel718 adopting the Taguchi approach

Dharmendra B.V. (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur, India)
Shyam Prasad Kodali (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur, India)
Nageswara Rao Boggarapu (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur, India)

Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures

ISSN: 1573-6105

Article publication date: 3 October 2019

Issue publication date: 5 February 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to adopt the multi-objective optimization technique for identifying a set of optimum abrasive water jet machining (AWJM) parameters to achieve maximum material removal rate (MRR) and minimum surface roughness.

Design/methodology/approach

Data of a few experiments as per the Taguchi’s orthogonal array are considered for achieving maximum MRR and minimum surface roughness (Ra) of the Inconel718. Analysis of variance is performed to understand the statistical significance of AWJM input process parameters.

Findings

Empirical relations are developed for MRR and Ra in terms of the AWJM process parameters and demonstrated their adequacy through comparison of test results.

Research limitations/implications

The signal-to-noise ratio transformation should be applied to take in to account the scatter in the repetition of tests in each test run. But, many researchers have adopted this transformation on a single output response of each test run, which has no added advantage other than additional computational task. This paper explains the impact of insignificant process parameter in selection of optimal process parameters. This paper demands drawbacks and complexity in existing theories prior to use new algorithms.

Practical implications

Taguchi approach is quite simple and easy to handle optimization problems, which has no practical implications (if it handles properly). There is no necessity to hunt for new algorithms for obtaining solution for multi-objective optimization AWJM process.

Originality/value

This paper deals with a case study, which demonstrates the simplicity of the Taguchi approach in solving multi-objective optimization problems with a few number of experiments.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the reviewers for their constructive criticism to improve the quality of presentation.

Citation

B.V., D., Kodali, S.P. and Boggarapu, N.R. (2020), "Multi-objective optimization for optimum abrasive water jet machining process parameters of Inconel718 adopting the Taguchi approach", Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 306-321. https://doi.org/10.1108/MMMS-10-2018-0175

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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