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Publication date: 20 November 2020

S. Madhu and M. Balasubramanian

The purpose of this study is for solving many issues in production that includes processing of complex-shaped profile, machining of high-strength materials, good surface…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is for solving many issues in production that includes processing of complex-shaped profile, machining of high-strength materials, good surface finish with high-level precision and minimization of waste. Among the various advanced machining processes, abrasive jet machining (AJM) is one of the non-traditional machining techniques used for various applications such as polishing, deburring and hole making. Hence, an overview of the investigations done on carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GRFP) composites becomes important.

Design/methodology/approach

Discussion on various approaches to AJM, the effect of process parameters on the glass fiber and carbon fiber polymeric composites are presented. Kerf characteristics, surface roughness and various nozzle design were also discussed.

Findings

It was observed that abrasive jet pressure, stand-off distance, traverse rate, abrasive size, nozzle diameter, angle of attack are the significant process parameters which affect the machining time, material removal rate, top kerf, bottom kerf and kerf angle. When the particle size is maximum, the increased kinetic energy of the particle improves the penetration depth on the CFRP surface. As the abrasive jet pressure is increased, the cutting process is enabled without severe jet deflection which in turn minimizes the waviness pattern, resulting in a decrease of the surface roughness.

Research limitations/implications

The review is limited to glass fiber and carbon fiber polymeric composites.

Practical implications

In many applications, the use of composite has gained wide acceptance. Hence, machining of the composite need for the study also has gained wide acceptance.

Social implications

The usage of composites reduces the usage of very costly materials of high density. The cost of the material also comes down.

Originality/value

This paper is a comprehensive review of machining composite with abrasive jet. The paper covers in detail about machining of only GFRP and CFRP composites with various nozzle designs, unlike many studies which has focused widely on general AJM of various materials.

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World Journal of Engineering, vol. 18 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1708-5284

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Article
Publication date: 8 July 2021

M. Balasubramanian and S. Madhu

The purpose of this study is to bring out the machining characteristics of abrasive jet machining on carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites utilized in aerospace…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to bring out the machining characteristics of abrasive jet machining on carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites utilized in aerospace and biomedical applications. Biocompatibility materials such as carbon fibres and polyether thermoplastics, like polyether ether ketone (PEEK) are widely used in trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Due to the heterogeneity, layered construction of reinforcing phase bonds with a resin matrix and abrasiveness of the reinforcing fibre, traditional drilling of carbon fibre-reinforced composites (CFRPs) are always challenging task.

Design/methodology/approach

An investigation is carried out using abrasive jet machine for drilling PEEK filled with 30 Wt.% carbon fibre (CF 30) using threaded and unthreaded nozzle to study the effect of abrasive jet process variables on surface roughness (Ra) and delamination factor (DF). Pressure (P) and stand-off distance (SOD) as important technological abrasive jet factors were evaluated. It is found that higher abrasive jet pressure and minimum SOD maybe selected to achieve minimum delamination.

Findings

The study further reported that the threaded nozzle minimized the surface roughness by 43% and delamination factor up to 12%.

Originality/value

This study of experimenting and observing the machining characteristics of CF30 by using a threaded nozzle is being tried for the first time and the results are deliberated.

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World Journal of Engineering, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1708-5284

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Article
Publication date: 8 June 2021

M. Balasubramanian and S. Madhu

The purpose of the study is to machine the composites at lower machining time with higher accuracy without causing delamination.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to machine the composites at lower machining time with higher accuracy without causing delamination.

Design/methodology/approach

Abrasive jet machining is the technology appropriate for machining composite materials to obtain good dimensional accuracy without causing de-lamination. The central composite design was followed in deciding the number of experiments to be carried out.

Findings

The influence of abrasive jet machining process parameters on machining time, material removal rate (MRR) and kerf characteristics were investigated. The experimental results proved the newly designed internal threaded nozzle increased MRR, thereby reducing the machining time.

Originality/value

Machining of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) is one of the challenging tasks given its non-linear and in-homogeneous properties. In this investigation, newly developed threaded and unthreaded nozzles in machining were used for making holes on the GFRP composites.

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World Journal of Engineering, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1708-5284

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Article
Publication date: 10 August 2018

Feng Che Tsai, Yann Long Lee and Ju Chun Yeh

This paper aims to develop an electrochemical abrasive jet machining (ECAJM) technology to investigate the surface machining effect of Ti-6Al-4V alloy.

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to develop an electrochemical abrasive jet machining (ECAJM) technology to investigate the surface machining effect of Ti-6Al-4V alloy.

Design/methodology/approach

First, the ECAJM equipment was set up, and a series of experiments for the surface machining of Ti-6Al-4V alloy was performed.

Findings

The experimental results show that the flowing abrasives of 0.05 Wt.% can effectively remove the TiO2 oxide film of Ti-6Al-4V alloy surface. In addition, the flowing abrasives produce cutting machining effect on the surface of titanium aluminum alloy, and the oxide film can be removed effectively. For the case of machining pressure of 0.4 Mpa and machining gap of 0.4 mm, the processing efficiency can be achieved up to 20 µm/s.

Originality/value

Under different machining pressure, the flowing abrasive with high kinetic energy impacting the Ti-6Al-4V alloy surface and the oxide film produced from the electrolytic reaction process can be removed effectively, thereby enhancing the efficiency of electrochemical machining process.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 70 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Article
Publication date: 18 April 2019

S. Rajendra Prasad, K. Ravindranath K. Ravindranath and M.L.S. Devakumar M.L.S. Devakumar

The choice of best machining parameters is an extremely basic factor in handling of any machined parts. The purpose of this paper is to exhibit a multi-objective…

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Purpose

The choice of best machining parameters is an extremely basic factor in handling of any machined parts. The purpose of this paper is to exhibit a multi-objective optimization technique; in view of weighted aggregate sum product assessment (WASPAS) technique toward upgrade the machining parameters in modified air abrasive jet machining (MAAJM) process: injecting pressure, stand-off distance (SOD), and abrasive mesh size measure with 100 rpm rotatable worktable on Nickel 233 alloy material. Three conflicting destinations, material removal rate (MRR), surface roughness (SR) and taper angles (Ta), respectively, are considered at the same time. The proposed procedure uses WASPAS, which is the examination of parametric optimization of the abrasive jet machining (AJM) process. The results was used any scopes of reactions in MAAJM process is the ideal setting of parameters are resolved through investigations represented. There is wide utilization of Nickel 233 in aviation enterprises; machining information on producing a hole utilizing MAAJM for the first time is given in this work, which will be helpful different industries.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper exhibits a multi-objective optimization technique; in view of WASPAS technique toward upgrade the machining parameters in MAAJM process: injecting pressure, SOD, and abrasive mesh size measure with 100 rpm rotatable worktable on Nickel 233 alloy material.

Findings

As an outcome of using the tool in any ranges of responses in the AJM process, the optimal setting of parameters is determined through experiments illustrated. The machining data of generating a hole using AJM are studied for the first time in this work, which will be useful for aerospace industries, where Nickel 233 is used broadly.

Originality/value

A new material in unconventional machining process and also a multi-objective optimization technique are adopted.

Details

Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1573-6105

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Article
Publication date: 4 June 2021

Sıtkı Akıncıoğlu

The purpose of this study was to optimize the surface roughness (Ra), delamination damage at the hole entrance (FdT) and at the hole exit (FdB) and kerf angle (K) in the…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to optimize the surface roughness (Ra), delamination damage at the hole entrance (FdT) and at the hole exit (FdB) and kerf angle (K) in the drilling of aramid fiber-reinforced polymer (AFRP) composite material using abrasive water jet (AWJ) machining.

Design/methodology/approach

The AFRP composite was produced by the vacuum infusion method. The drilling experiments were performed on an AWJ machine using a three-axis computerized numerical control system. Machine processing parameters were determined as water pressure (2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 bar), stand-off distance (2, 4 and 6 mm) and traverse feed rate (150, 250 and 350 mm/min). Optimization of processing parameters in the drilling experiments was carried out according to the Taguchi L27 (33) orthogonal array. In addition, gray relational analysis (GRA) was used to analyze the complex uncertainty affecting the results.

Findings

Results of the drilling operations demonstrated that water pressure (P) was the most effective parameter, with 65.3%, 65.2%, 49.8% and 52.1% contribution rates for Ra, FdT, FdB and K, respectively.

Practical implications

Reliable results have been obtained with Taguchi-based GRA while drilling AFRP composite material using AWJ. Significant results have been achieved to increase the hole quality in the drilling of AFRP composite material.

Originality/value

The new approach is to present more detailed analysis by using Taguchi method and multi-decision Taguchi-based gray relation analysis in AFRP composite material drilling using AWJ. Thus, time and experiment costs are saved.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. 93 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1748-8842

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Article
Publication date: 3 October 2019

Dharmendra B.V., Shyam Prasad Kodali and Nageswara Rao Boggarapu

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…

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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Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, vol. 16 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1573-6105

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 2019

Meltem Altin Karatas, Hasan Gokkaya and Muammer Nalbant

The aim of this paper is to optimize the machining parameters to obtain the smallest average surface roughness values during drilling of the carbon fiber-reinforced…

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to optimize the machining parameters to obtain the smallest average surface roughness values during drilling of the carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite material with abrasive water jet (AWJ) and analyze the damage of the delamination.

Design/methodology/approach

CFRP composite material had been fabricated having fiber orientations frequently used in the aerospace industry (0°/45°/90°/−45°). Three different stand-off distances (1, 2 and 3 mm), three different water pressures (1,800, 2,800 and 3,800 bar) and three different hole diameters (4, 8 and 12 mm) were selected as processing parameters. The average surface roughness values were obtained, and delamination damage was then analyzed using Taguchi optimization. Drilling experiments were performed using the Taguchi L27 orthogonal array via Minitab 17 software. The signal/noise ratio was taken into account in the evaluation of the test results. Using the Taguchi method, the control factors giving the mean surface roughness values were determined. Analysis of variance was performed using the experimental results, and the effect levels of the control factors on the average surface roughness were found.

Findings

It was found that water pressure and hole diameter had a higher effect on average surface roughness, while water pressure and stand-off distance were effective on delamination.

Practical implications

Owing to their excellent thermal and mechanical properties, the CFRP composite materials show greater potential for their applications in aircraft and aerospace industry.

Originality/value

The novel approach is to reduce cost and spent time using Taguchi optimization as a result of AWJ drilling the material in this fiber orientation ([0°/45°/90°/−45°]s, which is often used in the aerospace industry).

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. 92 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1748-8842

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Article
Publication date: 2 September 2021

Mahyar Khorasani, AmirHossein Ghasemi, Bernard Rolfe and Ian Gibson

Additive manufacturing (AM) offers potential solutions when conventional manufacturing reaches its technological limits. These include a high degree of design freedom…

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Purpose

Additive manufacturing (AM) offers potential solutions when conventional manufacturing reaches its technological limits. These include a high degree of design freedom, lightweight design, functional integration and rapid prototyping. In this paper, the authors show how AM can be implemented not only for prototyping but also production using different optimization approaches in design including topology optimization, support optimization and selection of part orientation and part consolidation. This paper aims to present how AM can reduce the production cost of complex components such as jet engine air manifold by optimizing the design. This case study also identifies a detailed feasibility analysis of the cost model for an air manifold of an Airbus jet engine using various strategies, such as computer numerical control machining, printing with standard support structures and support optimization.

Design/methodology/approach

Parameters that affect the production price of the air manifold such as machining, printing (process), feedstock, labor and post-processing costs were calculated and compared to find the best manufacturing strategy.

Findings

Results showed that AM can solve a range of problems and improve production by customization, rapid prototyping and geometrical freedom. This case study showed that 49%–58% of the cost is related to pre- and post-processing when using laser-based powder bed fusion to produce the air manifold. However, the cost of pre- and post-processing when using machining is 32%–35% of the total production costs. The results of this research can assist successful enterprises, such as aerospace, automotive and medical, in successfully turning toward AM technology.

Originality/value

Important factors such as validity, feasibility and limitations, pre-processing and monitoring, are discussed to show how a process chain can be controlled and run efficiently. Reproducibility of the process chain is debated to ensure the quality of mass production lines. Post-processing and qualification of the AM parts are also discussed to show how to satisfy the demands on standards (for surface quality and dimensional accuracy), safety, quality and certification. The original contribution of this paper is identifying the main production costs of complex components using both conventional and AM.

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Rapid Prototyping Journal, vol. 28 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2546

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Publication date: 1 September 2001

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Assembly Automation, vol. 21 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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