Title: Optimisation of flexing pattern for coated abrasive belt grinding of EN8 steel by Taguchi design

Authors: Xavier Kennedy; S. Gowri

Addresses: Department of Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai-600025, India. ' Department of Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai-600025, India

Abstract: Abrasive belt grinding has gained increasing importance as chip removal production process in recent years. Abrasive belt grinding is used for deburring, polishing and nowadays for material removal applications. The rate of material removal is high in the case of grinding compared to deburring and polishing which necessitates the analysis of coated abrasives characteristics to withstand high forces. Flexing process provides the defined stiffness to the abrasive belt which play critical role in grinding. So effect on output process parameters by varying the coated abrasives with different flexing types shall be investigated. In this research, the experimental work carried out by using the Taguchi|s orthogonal array and the results were analysed using analysis of variance. The results were further analysed by Taguchi|s signal to noise ratio for finding the optimum process parameters.

Keywords: coated abrasive; abrasive belt grinding; process optimisation; material removal rate; MRR; belt wear; flexing patterns; steel machining; Taguchi methods.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMATEI.2011.042878

International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, 2011 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.222 - 235

Published online: 07 Oct 2011 *

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