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International Journal of Materials and Product Technology (18 papers in press)

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  • RSM-based optimisation of machining forces and surface roughness when laser-assisted turning Nitinol alloy   Order a copy of this article
    by Chakala Naresh, P. S. C. Bose, N. Selvaraj 
    Abstract: In the current investigation, the interrelation between parameter attributes, namely, laser power, cutting speed, feed rate, and depth of cut on machining forces [thrust force (Fx), feed force (Fy) and cutting force (Fz)] and surface roughness (SR) in laser-assisted turning (LAT) of Nitinol alloy using TiAlN PVD coated carbide inserts has been discussed. Experiments were performed using response surface methodology (RSM) and face centred central composite design (FCCD). Statistical techniques such as analysis of variance (ANOVA) and RSM were used to evolve regression models and to arrive at optimum parameter attributes. Results from the current research suggests that cutting speed and feed rate have superior impact on thrust force and cutting force, while feed rate and laser power are the most prominent important attributes for feed force. For SR, speed and cutting depth are the most prominent attributes. The optimum LAT parameters obtained through desirability function include power of 450 watts, cutting speed of 75 m/min, feed of 0.025 mm/rev and depth of cut of 0.5 mm with predicted machining forces of Fx = 123 N, Fy = 154 N and Fz = 102 N and surface roughness of 0.653 um at 0.995 desirability level.
    Keywords: machining forces; Nitinol alloy; response surface methodology; RSM; optimisation; laser-assisted turning; LAT; central composite design; desirability; surface roughness.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050444
  • Determinants of innovation co-operation for manufacturing SMEs: Evidence from a systematic review of the literature (1992-2015)   Order a copy of this article
    by Amélie Cloutier, Nabil Amara 
    Abstract: This paper summarizes a comprehensive and systematic review of published empirical research from 1992 to 2015 on the determinants of innovation co-operation for manufacturing SMEs. It crystallizes acquired knowledge by identifying, synthesizing and discussing 220 unique determinants stemming from a vast and heterogeneous body of literature. The article introduces an analytical framework integrating different perspectives to approach this concept presenting a holistic and integrated view of the topic. It provides a typology that sorts the determinants into six categories: 1) Environmental Characteristics; 2) Industrial Characteristics; 3) Organizational Characteristics; 4) Individual Characteristics; 5) Partnership Characteristics; and 6) Project Characteristics. This systematic review also identifies current gaps in the literature. The provided research perspectives will allow managers and policymakers to better foster innovation and guide researchers addressing this phenomenon in the future. It clearly lays a solid foundation for future research on the topic, organizing and building upon the literature that has been published so far.
    Keywords: innovation; co-operation; determinants; SME; manufacturing; systematic review; research and development; collaboration; firms; technology; management; research agenda.

  • Optimising the drilling process parameters of Kevlar-epoxy composite material using the experimental design-based goal programming approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Yusuf Tansel İç, Imdat Kara 
    Abstract: In this study, we present an experimental design-based goal programming approach to determine the optimum values of the cutting parameters in the drilling process of Kevlar-epoxy composite material. As a result of the experiments, we measured the surface roughness and delamination factor of the drilling hole. We obtained the regression functions for surface roughness and delamination using the 2k factorial design approach. Then, the cutting parameter values that will optimise the delamination and surface roughness were found with the goal programming method. The difference between the presented study and the published studies in the literature is that it proposes an integrated experimental design and goal programming approaches to find the optimal parameter values for different target values to minimise surface roughness and delamination at the same time. We have concluded that the proposed method is suitable considering different goal values for obtaining the optimum drilling parameters.
    Keywords: Kevlar-epoxy composite material; delamination; experimental design; surface roughness; goal programming; factorial design; drilling; optimisation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050255
  • Numerical simulation analysis of bearing capacity of reinforced concrete high-pressure members   Order a copy of this article
    by Tong Wu, Li Wang 
    Abstract: In order to solve the problem that the numerical simulation results of the bearing capacity of the reinforced concrete high pressure members are not accurate, the numerical simulation research of the bearing capacity of the reinforced concrete high-pressure members is put forward. The additional stress of concrete members is calculated by elastic theory formula, and the longitudinal equilibrium differential value of concrete members is obtained. The additional stress of the compression member is calculated. In order to meet the requirements of calculation time and simulation precision, the reinforced concrete members are discretised by grid partitioned. The results show that the relative error of the root mean square value of this method is 0.10, the accuracy is 98%, and the reliability is 99%. This method can effectively overcome the high-pressure bearing capacity of numerical simulation of reinforced concrete members, and can measure the principal tensile stress limit value of fixed end concrete members. The finite element simulation results are close to the experimental values.
    Keywords: reinforced concrete; high-pressure member; bearing capacity; numerical simulation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2021.10041940
  • Fatigue strength estimation of single self-piercing riveted joints of steel and aluminium plates under different loading modes   Order a copy of this article
    by Young-In Lee, Ho-Kyung Kim 
    Abstract: Self-piercing riveting (SPR) has recently been adopted to join automotive body components because this method can reduce manufacturing costs via product automation while also providing a simpler process. In this study, fatigue tests were conducted using cross-tension and coach-peel specimens with aluminium alloy (A5052) and cold-rolled steel (SPCC) plates to evaluate the fatigue strength of SPR joints. For the combination of a top steel plate and a bottom aluminium alloy plate, designated here as T.S-B.A, the applied load amplitudes corresponding to the fatigue limit in the cross-tension and the coach-peel specimens are approximately 13% and 15% of the monotonic strength, respectively. The fatigue strength of SPR joints of aluminium and steel plates under various types loading conditions can be adequately predicted by the equivalent stress intensity factor amplitude.
    Keywords: fatigue lifetime; SPR joints; coach-peel; cross-tension; equivalent stress intensity factor; fatigue parameter; failure modes; FEM analysis; fatigue strength.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050591
  • Fibre reinforcement in fused filament fabrication and sustainability: a literature review and future research agenda   Order a copy of this article
    by Jaydeep R. Shah, Shashank Thanki 
    Abstract: This paper presents a comprehensive review of fibre reinforced additive manufacturing and its pertinence in the domain of sustainable manufacturing. In comparison to other additive manufacturing processes, fused filament fabrication (FFF) has more adaptability for the use of fibre reinforcement due to its controlled, meticulous orientation and good dispersal capabilities for additively manufactured products. Many researchers have made numerous efforts to enhance the application domain using composite materials in FFF. The inclusion of fibres in the polymers is attractive in increasing the strength of products. In addition, recent studies have defined the relationship between sustainability and additive manufacturing by incorporating natural fibres and recycled matrix materials in AM. This review article summarises various possibilities of fibre reinforced additive manufacturing, specifically in FFF of thermoplastic composites that enhance the mechanical properties. Finally, the critical research questions for the future advancement of sustainable additive manufacturing, particularly in fibre reinforced FFF, are posed.
    Keywords: additive manufacturing; sustainable manufacturing; fused filament fabrication; continuous fibre reinforcement; natural fibres.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10045083
  • Effects of physical and chemical properties of ceramic hand moulds on natural rubber latex glove film formation   Order a copy of this article
    by Nuchnapa Tangboriboon, Sairung Changkhamchom, Anuvat Sirivat 
    Abstract: Plaster and stoneware hand moulds were fabricated and used in the NR latex glove preparation. The raw materials characteristics combined to influence the hand mould surface properties through the adhesion-cohesion force, interfacial tension, contact angle, packing density. The stoneware hand mould fired at 800°C, fabricated from a smaller particle size distribution, with high zeta potential and interfacial interaction, and high specific surface area was shown to be superior to the plaster hand mould typically used in making NR latex products. The obtained NR latex films were characterised for various physical properties, namely appearances, thickness, tackiness, porosity, smoothness, optical clarity, and effusion.
    Keywords: stoneware hand moulds; natural rubber gloves; adhesion-cohesion force; interfacial force; surface properties; mechanical properties; physical properties; natural rubber latex; dipping process.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050592
  • Effects of SiC and carbon black on mechanical properties (tensile and flexural) of AA6082/SiC/CB metal matrix composites   Order a copy of this article
    by Manish Bhargava, Jawahar Paulraj 
    Abstract: The metal matrix composites (MMCs) consisting aluminium as matrix with variety of high strength reinforcements are extensively used in the manufacturing sectors due to its excellent mechanical properties, i.e., high strength and stiffness to weight ratio and corrosion resistance. The objective of the current research work is to investigate the effect of infusion of silicon carbide (SiC) and carbon black on mechanical properties of aluminium 6082/SiC/carbon black MMCs. The experimental research shows that the mechanical properties initially increases with increase in weight fraction of SiC particulates and weight fraction of carbon black in the matrix. Further infusion of SiC and carbon black particulates in the matrix material decreases the mechanical properties of the composite. On the other hand, for tensile strength and flexural strength, the influence of SiC has been found most significant than carbon black while for impact strength and hardness, carbon black influence is more significant than SiC.
    Keywords: aluminium 6082 alloy; silicon carbide; SiC; carbon black; metal matrix composites; MMCs; mechanical properties.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050593

Special Issue on: Structure, Properties and Application of Advanced Engineering Materials

  • Comparative analysis of different multi-criteria decision-making techniques for materials selection of filler reinforced thermoplastic composite   Order a copy of this article
    by Ashish Soni, Pankaj Kumar Das, Mrinal Jyoti Sarma 
    Abstract: Material selection plays a significant role in the workability of a product which can be effectively implemented with the aid of multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) techniques. In the present study, the rankings of alternatives as particulates filled thermoplastic composite materials was carried out by using MOORA, TOPSIS, and COPRAS for the desirable performance. The physical, mechanical and tribological properties were the defined criteria for the selection of alternatives. For weightage of the criteria, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was used. The consistency of the criteria weightage was verified through the consistency index and consistency ratio of 0.1104 and 0.0985, respectively and eigenvalue (?max) of 5.4416. The ranking results were compared by using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. Empirical findings suggested 70 wt. % of polypropylene, 15 wt. % of RHA and 15 wt. % of sand as the best compositions for polymeric composite material. The study validated the stability of the ranking results the MCDM techniques. The study will support the researcher and industrial managers in material selection of polymeric composites.
    Keywords: material selection; rankings; thermoplastic; composite; MCDM techniques.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050649
  • Flexural behaviour of CFRP RC beams having a ductile cementitious composite layer in compression zone: an analytical study   Order a copy of this article
    by Nooshin Ghorbani Amirabad, Farshid Jandaghi Alaee, Meysam Jalali 
    Abstract: Today, the use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bars has received considerable attention. However, concrete beams reinforced with FRP bars suffer from a lack of ductility. The addition of steel bars to the beams has been widely studied to improve ductility. In this study, the idea of using a ductile cementitious composite layer (DCCL) in the compression zone is investigated. In fact, the ductility of DCCL comes from the bridging action of fibres and confinement concepts rather than the yielding of steel members. First, an analytical model is proposed to predict the behaviour of the beams. Then, the behaviour of concrete beams reinforced with FRP bars having various DCCL layers is investigated. It is shown that using DCCL can improve the ductility of the beams. The ductility ratio of the beam with a layer of DCCL is 3.5 times more than that of the control beam.
    Keywords: FRP-RC beam; ductility; ductile cementitious composite layer; DCCL; analytical study; fibre reinforced polymer; FRP.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050681
  • Compressive behaviour and energy absorption capacity of a lattice structure generated by topology optimisation   Order a copy of this article
    by Tomohisa Kojima, Yuta Takase, Tomoaki Tsuji 
    Abstract: Research on micro-lattice structures has been actively conducted along with the development of additive manufacturing; this is because properly designing the unit cell structure can help achieve various mechanical properties, such as ultra-lightweight, high strength, and high energy absorption capacity. Furthermore, the development of design strategies can yield advanced tailored properties. This study aimed to explore a new design strategy for micro-lattice structures with high energy absorption capacity. A unit cell shape was designed using topology optimisation, after which finite element analysis was conducted to investigate the compressive response and energy absorption capacity of the designed lattice structure. Different unit cell structures resulted in different deformation patterns of the struts, changing the stress-strain relationship in the entire structure. The structure of the topology-optimisation-designed unit cell exhibited the highest stiffness and the possibility of the highest energy absorption capacity, which can be improved by controlling the stress-strain relationship.
    Keywords: micro-lattice structure; cellular structure; topology optimisation; mechanical characterisation; mechanical properties; finite element method; simulation; buckling; energy absorption; specific strength; polymer.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10050727

Special Issue on: The Structure, Properties and Application of Metal and Composite Materials

  • Synthesis and mechanical characterisation of self-lubricating Al7075/MoS2/ZrB2 hybrid composite   Order a copy of this article
    by Mukesh Dubey, Narendra Kumar, Sunil Mohan 
    Abstract: In the current study, Al7075-based hybrid composites reinforced with zirconium diboride (ZrB2) and molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) particles were synthesised through a two-step stir casting process. Three distinct compositions Al7075 alloy, Al7075 + 3 vol.%MoS2 and Al7075 + 3 vol.%MoS2 + 3 vol.%ZrB2 have synthesised using the stir casting process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) along with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and mechanical characterisation performed on all synthesised samples to identify reinforcement particles, grain refinement, particle morphology, hardness, tensile properties and failure mode. Microstructural examination reveals refined grain structure, uniform distribution of particles, along with clear interface and good bonding. Mechanical characterisation reveals Al7075/MoS2/ZrB2 hybrid composite with highest hardness, strength, and ductility among all the compositions examined. Increased strength along with good ductility of composite over the unreinforced alloy is an important finding of the present study in contrast with many previous studies. Microstructure and mechanical features were correlated with results obtained for enhanced performance and life span of the hybrid composites.
    Keywords: hybrid composite; Al7075; zirconium diboride; ZrB2; molybdenum disulphide; MoS2; stir casting; mechanical properties.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10047073
  • Leakage current detection method of electrical insulation materials based on Windowed-added Fourier transform   Order a copy of this article
    by Yulin Zhuang 
    Abstract: In order to effectively solve the disadvantages of low accuracy of leakage feature recognition and low accuracy of detection results in traditional leakage current detection methods, a leakage current detection method of electrical insulating materials based on windowed Fourier transform is proposed. Firstly, the windowed Fourier transform process is analysed to judge the related properties of leakage current signal. Then, the leakage current detection unit is designed by using the insulation equivalent model, leakage current detector, self-excited oscillator, second-order low-pass filter and windowed Fourier transform process. Finally, based on the leakage characteristics of electrical insulation materials, the leakage current detection process is designed to complete the leakage current detection of electrical insulation materials. The results show that the recognition accuracy of leakage characteristics is always above 95%.
    Keywords: electrical insulation materials; leakage current; leakage detection; windowed-added Fourier transform; feature recognition.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10047415
  • Performance analysis of automotive braking friction materials based on surface roughness   Order a copy of this article
    by Ronghua Bian, Xin Chen, Mingpeng Wang 
    Abstract: The traditional friction material performance analysis method has the problem of high wear rate. Therefore, this paper proposes a performance analysis method of automobile braking friction material based on surface roughness. The calculation formula of material friction is described by classical friction law, the material performance analysis function is constructed according to Mamdani fuzzy algorithm, the influence function of friction coefficient is determined through the optimal fusion position constraints, and the multi-objective function model is constructed according to surface roughness to analyse the performance of automobile braking friction materials. The results show that the friction coefficient of the material is 0.38 at 200 C. When the service life of the friction material is 150 days, the wear rate of the friction material is 0.22%. This shows that this method can improve the friction performance of automotive braking friction materials, which has a certain practical significance.
    Keywords: wear rate; cut item; roughness term; load; friction materials.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10047416
  • Study on damage fatigue test method of metal materials for rotating machinery   Order a copy of this article
    by Wei Jing, Peng Wang, Ningchao Zhang 
    Abstract: In order to solve the problem that the existing metal material damage fatigue test methods can not accurately test the compression and shear properties of materials, a new metal material damage fatigue test method for rotating machinery is proposed in this paper. The calculation model of mechanical characteristics of metal materials based on impact load is established to calculate the yield moment and the damage fatigue degree of metal test materials. The smaller size Q235 steel material on rotating machinery is selected as the experimental object, and the damage fatigue test is designed. The experimental results show that the overall height of the three-dimensional morphology of the fatigue surface is low, and becomes uneven when the number of tensile times increases. It is proved that the damage fatigue test of the proposed method is more accurate and can predict the life and strength of steel under damage.
    Keywords: rotating machinery; metallic materials; damage fatigue; impact load; cyclic load.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10047957
  • Residual life prediction of thermal insulation material for cold chain logistics transportation vehicle   Order a copy of this article
    by Yulong Wan, Xinchun Li 
    Abstract: Aiming at the problems of low prediction accuracy and long prediction time cost in traditional methods, a residual life prediction method of thermal insulation material for cold chain logistics transportation vehicle is proposed. The distribution position of thermal insulation material in the car body is analysed. According to the distribution position of thermal insulation materials, the life prediction parameters of thermal insulation material are calculated. According to the determined parameters, the key degree of thermal insulation material is calculated by gradient descent method, so as to construct the residual life prediction model of cold chain logistics transport vehicle compartment thermal insulation material, take the key parameters of thermal insulation material as the input, and output the residual life prediction results of compartment thermal insulation material. Experimental results show that the prediction accuracy of the proposed method is about 97% when 100 times, and the shortest time cost is about 0.5 s.
    Keywords: compartment thermal insulation material; life prediction; gradient descent method; residual life prediction model.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10048375
  • Pyroelectric and hygrothermal couplings effects on dynamic active control analysis of coupled thermopiezoelastic composite plate   Order a copy of this article
    by Milad Rouzbehani 
    Abstract: The main goal of this article is to examine the pyroelectric and hygrothermal couplings effects on dynamic active control analysis of coupled thermopiezoelastic composite plate. The dynamic deflection and stresses of coupled thermopiezoelasticity displayed to hot and humid environmental circumstances are obtained using a direct proportional feedback controller. The governing equations are determined utilising the Navier solution method. The results clearly show that by increasing moisture diffusion, the number of stresses and deflections are increased. Consequently, the induced temperature is increased by increasing humidity up to 25%. A change of 5% deflection rise and on average 4% increase of stresses are observed. Furthermore, if the increase of humidity goes to 75% the plate deflection grows by 9% and stresses increase by about 8%. Additionally, by applying appropriate control gain, the deflection damped 62% quicker which causes the heat generated in the plate controlled properly.
    Keywords: coupled thermopiezoelasticity; hygrothermal environment; pyroelectric effect; sensor; actuator; Navier solution.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10048533
  • Synergy of wood-ash on mechanical and sliding wear properties of banana/walnut-based epoxy composites and optimisation with grey relational analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by S.P. Gairola, Y.K. Tyagi, Brijesh Gangil, Sandeep Kumar 
    Abstract: This study investigates the sliding wear characteristics of wood ash-based banana/walnut reinforced epoxy composites using the hand layup technique. This research investigates the impact of wood ash on composites to obtain excellent wear resistance and moderate mechanical properties, which can be utilised in various engineering applications. As the percentage of wood ash increases in the composites, the tensile strength and hardness of the composites increase, but the impact energy declines marginally. The sliding wear test is carried out on a dry sliding wear test machine (pin-on-disc). The Grey-Taguchi method and optimal factor settings are used to evaluate the multiple responses of composites. The results showed that the most critical factor influencing the properties of composites is wood ash content (41%), accompanied by sliding velocity (35%), and lastly, the normal load (24%). Scanning electron microscopy was used to analyse the composites’ worn surfaces to investigate the potential wear mechanism.
    Keywords: polymer composites; natural fibre; wood ash filler; Grey-Taguchi method.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2022.10049255