Temperature based spindle speed controller during friction stir welding of aluminium metal matrix composites

Rahul SG (School of Electrical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India)
Sharmila A. (School of Electrical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India)

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate two control mechanisms on the two parameters, namely, spindle speed and tool pin position, while performing friction stir welding (FSW) for aluminium metal matrix composites (Al-MMC) using the concept of system identification.

Design/methodology/approach

FSW is a feasible choice for joining of Al-MMC over the fusion welding due to the formation of the narrow heat-affected zone and minimizing the formation of intermetallic compounds at weld interface. The goal in FSW is to generate enough thermal energy by friction between the workpiece and rotating tool. Heat energy is generated due to mechanical interaction because of the difference in velocity between the workpiece and rotating tool. The generated heat is proportional to the tool pin position and the spindle speed. In the present work, a Smith Predictor Control scheme and adaptive control scheme are developed during joining of Al6061/SiC/B4C Al-MMC by FSW. Adaptive controller is developed to control the tool pin position while Smith Predictor control is developed to control the spindle speed. Initially, the Al-MMC plates are prepared at five combinations of SiC and B4C reinforcements and welded at three level parameter settings followed by tensile testing. The experimental data are used in estimating the plant transfer function model using system identification. The control schemes are then developed for the estimated plant model and the same are validated using a standard PID controller. In both the control schemes, PID controller results in a sluggish response. Experimental validations are performed for the developed control schemes followed by microscopic studies of the weldments.

Findings

In both the control schemes, PID controller results in a sluggish response. Experimental validations are performed for the developed control schemes followed by microscopic studies of the weldments.

Research limitations/implications

Results from the study concluded that the developed MRAC and Smith predictor scheme effectively controlled the vibrations and spindle speed effectively.

Originality/value

It is observed that the scanning electron microscopy micrographs of the Al-MMC’s welded using developed control schemes resulted in good boding with homogenous distribution of reinforcement particles.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Professor Dr S. Arungalai Vendan and Professor Ashraff Ali for their valuable support during the conduct of experiments while performing this investigation.

Citation

SG, R. and A., S. (2019), "Temperature based spindle speed controller during friction stir welding of aluminium metal matrix composites", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 429-437. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJE-11-2018-0402

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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