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PARAMETRIC OPTIMIZATION FOR CUTTING SPEED A STATISTICAL REGRESSION MODELING FOR WEDM
S V Subrahmanyam1, M. M. M. Sarcar2
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Asst Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engg, GVP College of Engineering, Vizag, A.P. India Professor and HOD of Mechanical Engg., A.U. College of Engineering, Vizag, A.P. India

ABSTRACT Better finish, low tolerance, higher production rate, miniaturization, complex shapes and profiles of the harder, newer, latest materials like hardened steel, titanium, high strength temperature resistant alloy, fiber-reinforced composites and ceramics is the present demand of the manufacturing industries such as Aerospace, nuclear, missile, turbine, automobile, tool and die making. To satisfy these needs a different class of modern machining techniques, unconventional in nature, like Wire Electrical discharge Machining (WEDM) emerged. In WEDM the material removal takes place due to thermal erosion. In this process there is no contact between the tool and work. In WEDM rough machining produces lesser accuracy and surface finish, while finish machining produces less surface roughness with less speed. To get optimum process parameters for higher cutting efficiency and accuracy is very difficult. Hence, the objective of this paper is, to improve the Cutting Speed and to optimize the effects of eight input process parameters on cutting speed during the machining of hot die steel (EN31) using Taguchi L27(38) orthogonal array (OA) as design of experiments (DOE). Keywords: EN31, Cutting Speed, Orthogonal array, WEDM I. INTRODUCTION

In WEDM the process of Metal erosion effect takes place when electric sparks are generated between the work piece and a wire electrode flushed or immersed in the dielectric fluid. The WEDM machining plays a major role in manufacturing sectors especially industries like aerospace, ordinance, automobile and general engineering etc. WEDM machining process parameters can be optimized by using taguchi method. Taguch method is based on Orthogonal Array, which provides a set of experiments which are well balanced and reduces variance for control parameters during the experimentation. Nihat Tosun et al [1] find
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on the effect and optimization of machining parameters on the notch and material removal rate (MRR) in wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) operations. Can Cogun [2] the settings of machining parameters were determined by using taguchi experimental design method. The level of importance of the machining parameters on the kerf and the MRR is determined by using ANOVA. Amar Patnaik et al [3] Introducing zinc coated copper as electrode tool with the process parameters of discharge current, pulse duration, pulse frequency, wire speed, wire tension, dielectric flow rate. By using factors, maximization of MRR and minimization of surface roughness is done in WEDM process using taguchi method. H.Singh et al [4] analyze the effects of various input process parameters like pulse on time, pulse off time, gap voltage, peak current , wire feed and wire tension have been investigated and impact on MRR is obtained. Finally they reported MRR increase with increase in pulse on time and peak current. MRR decrease with increase in pulse off time and servo voltage. Wire feed and wire tension has no effect on MRR. Sarkar et al. [5] performed experiments using +-titanium aluminide alloy as work material and then formulated mathematical models to predict the cutting speed, SF and dimensional deviation as the function of different control parameters. In WEDM operations, material removal rate (MRR) determines the economics of machining and rate of production. In setting the machining parameters, the main goal is the maximum MRR. The main purpose of this paper is to investigate effects of machining parameters on the material removal rate of wire EDMed En31 alloy steel. Hewidy et al [6] developed mathematical models correlating the various WEDM machining parameters (peak current, duty factor, wire tension and water pressure) with metal removal rate, wear ratio and surface roughness based on the response surface methodology. A.K.M. Nurul Amin et al [7] Conducted experiments on cutting of tungsten carbide ceramic using electro-discharge machining (EDM) with a graphite electrode by using taguchi methodology II. EXPERIMENTAL SET UP AND DATA COLLECTION

The experimental setup, design of experiment based on Taguchi Orthogonal Array and the method of conducting experiments are discussed in this section. 2.1. Work Material and tool/cutting tool material The experiments were conducted on EN 31 alloy steel material as a work piece. The work piece material chemical composition of the is shown in Table 1. Brass wire of 0.25 mm diameter was used as tool electrode in the experimental set up. This is a diffused wire of brass of type ELECTRA_Duracut. 0.25 mm diameter stratified wire (Zinc coated copper wire) with vertical configuration has been used and discarded once used. High MRR in WEDM without wire breakage can be attained by the use of zinc coated copper wire because evaporation of zinc causes cooling at the interface of work piece and wire and a coating of zinc oxide on the surface of wire helps to prevent short-circuits (Sho et al., 1989). Table 1: the chemical composition of EN31 Alloy steel. Fe Material C Cr Mn Si EN31 0.95 1.45 0.60 0.22 Balance %wt
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2.2. Schematic of Machining All the experiments were conducted on SPRINTCUT (AU) WITH PULSE GENERATOR ELPULS 40A DLX CNC Wire-cut EDM machine made by ELECTRONICA company. All the three axes of the machine are servo controlled and can be programmed to follow a CNC code which is fed through the control panel. All three axes have an accuracy of 1m. Through an NC code, machining can be programmed. During the experimentation the work piece is considered as positive terminal, where as the tool (wire) is connected to negative terminal of the source. The size of the work piece considered for experimentation on the wire-cut EDM is 125 mm x 25 mm x 5 mm. A small gap of 0.025 mm to 0.05 mm is maintained in between the wire and work-piece. The high energy density erodes material from both the wire and work piece by local melting and vaporizing. The dielectric fluid (de-ionized water) is continuously flashed through the gap along the wire, to the sparking area to remove the debris produced during the erosion. A collection tank is located at the bottom to collect the used wire erosions and then is discarded. The wires once used cannot be reused again, due to the variation in dimensional accuracy. 2.3. Experimental procedure The work piece is a rectangle plate having dimensions of 5mmx25mmx125mm. Work piece is machined with zinc coated copper wire, used as a cutting tool, having diameter of 0.20mm and de-ionized water as a dielectric fluid, into 5mmx5mmx25mm pieces. Each piece is cut with different input process parameter combination considering each combination as a separate job. The parameters are varied basing on the Taguchi Orthogonal Array design. During this operation the respective output parameters or responses, cutting speed, surface roughness, and dimensional deviations, machining time, gap current and kerf are gathered. Out of these some like cutting speed, Gap current, gap voltage were gathered from system display screen and others like MRR, Surface Roughness, dimensional deviations were calculated separately. Surface roughness Ra values were measured using Mitutoyo Surface Tester. Dimensional Deviations were measured using Digital Micro Meter. 2.4. Process parameters and design Input process parameters such as Pulse On time (TON), Pulse Off time (TOFF), Peak Current (IP), Spark gap Voltage Setting (SV), Wire tension setting (WT), Wire Feed rate setting (WF), Servo Feed Setting (SF), Flushing pressure of dielectric fluid (WP) used in this study are shown in Table 2. Each factor is investigated at three levels to determine the optimum settings for the WEDM process. These parameters and their levels were chosen based on the review of literature and as per the few preliminary pilot experiments that were carried out by varying the process parameters to find their significance and relevance to the response parameters. In the present study most important output performances in WEDM Cutting speed was considered for optimizing machining parameters. The gathered experimental values are recorded as shown in table 3 in line with the L27 Orthogonal Array design.

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III.

EXPERIMENTAL DATA ANALYSIS 3.1 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) In any Experimentation with several variables it is really hard to know which variable is exactly influencing and which is not. The reason being in WEDM type of experimentation each parameter will have its own control on the other since they are acting together as one unit. In spite of that it is necessary to find, if at all, any variation exists in the experimentation, then by which variable and to take necessary decisions can be made concerning that parameters. For that purpose ANOVA is use. ANOVA is a statistical method that can interpret experimental data. It categorizes machining parameters into significant and insignificant ones. 3.2 S/N Ratio In any experimentation the expectation will be that the desired values are to obtained as outputs, if not at least the mean output values correlate to the desired ones. This desired value is termed as signal and the deviation from the desired or signal is termed as noise. The signal is the mean for the response and the square deviation for the output is noise. So, the ratio of mean to square deviation is S/N ratio. This is calculated as a logarithmic transformation of the loss function as equation 1. As per the objective of the study, maximization of Cutting Speed, it is clear that the higher value of the experimental data and its corresponding input parameters are of the optimum machining performance characteristics. It is denoted by with a unit of dB. = -10 log (1)

MINITAB 15 software was used to analyze the experimental data. ANOVA, S/N ratio calculation are calculated using Minitab 15. Table 3 shows the L27 OA along with the experimental Response Cutting Speed value and the S/N ratio for the cutting speed obtained from Minitab. Table 4, 5 shows the S/N ratio, mean S/N ratio of the parameters according to the level of each parameter. a. Result Analysis As discussed earlier higher value corresponds to better performance. The level with greatest value is the optimal level of machining parameters. Table 6 is the Anova result. Figures 2, 3 show graphically the effect of the eight control factors on Cutting Speed. From the results it is evident that parameters at level A3B1C3D1E1F1G1H1, optimal level, gives maximum Cutting Speed. It is also evident from Table 4, 5 that WT WF WP are having less significant impact on the Cutting Speed. Here WT is totally insignificant, WF, WP show less influence.

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CONFIRMATION OF EXPERIMENTS

The final step in the DOE process is confirmation experiment. This to validate the conclusions drawn during the analysis phase. An experiment conducted with a specific combination of the factors and levels previously evaluated. Its response value is compared with the predicted value of the same with the Minitab. To have more confirmation a mathematical general non linear regression model of the form given below is considered which gives the relationship between response and the input variables. Response= C * A^a1 * B^a2 * C^a3. Where C is constant A, B, C.. are the input process variables, and a1,a2,a3 are the coefficients. This is solved by using a custom made Regression code which runs on Fortron. From the available experimental data the suggested model will be as follows: Y=7.593 *A^0.4534*B^-0.2993*C^9.13E-02*D^-0.114*E^-2.64E-02*F^-2.61E-02*G^0.3082*H^ 4.48E-02 With this equation the response Y is obtained. With optimal parameters. The optimal model obtained above, is also subjected and the value is obtained and compared with the experimental values. The comparative statement of the Predicted Optimal Value, its experimental value, its Math model value are tabled in table 7. Table 8 gives the respective S/N ratio values. From Table7, 8 it is clearly evident that the results obtained from the optimal that optimal suggested value has an edge over. Table.2 Levels for various control factors Sl.No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PARAMETERS Pulse On time (A) Pulse Off time (B) Peak Current (C) Spark gap Voltage(D) Wire Tension (E) Wire Feed rate (F) Servo Feed (G) Dielectric Flushing pressure (H) SYMBOL LEVEL1 LEVEL2 LEVEL3 UNITS TON TOFF IP SV WT WF SF WP 122 53 130 20 2 4 500 2 125 58 180 30 3 5 1300 3 128 63 230 40 4 6 2100 4 sec sec Ampere Volts Kg-f m/min mm/min Kg/cm2

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Table.3 Experimental results using L27 OA TON TOFF IP SV WF WT SF WP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 1 2 3 2 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 3 2 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 3 2 3 1 3 1 2 CSPEED (CS) 2.84 2.34 1.79 2.74 2.26 1.68 2.7 2.23 1.56 1.72 2.7 2.26 1.93 2.84 2.45 1.61 2.7 2.19 2.45 1.91 2.83 2.19 1.55 2.7 2.35 1.79 2.76 CS S/N RATIO 9.06637 7.38432 5.05706 8.75501 7.08217 4.50619 8.61727 6.9661 3.86249 4.71057 8.61976 7.08217 5.71115 9.06637 7.78332 4.13652 8.61756 6.80888 7.78332 5.6347 9.03573 6.80888 3.80663 8.61652 7.42136 5.05706 8.81818

Table.4 S/n ratios with the levels for each parameter Level 1 2 3 Delta Rank TON 6.811 6.948 6.998 0.187 6 TOFF 7.153 6.904 6.701 0.452 4 IP 6.7 6.895 7.162 0.462 3 SV 7.263 6.929 6.566 0.697 2
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WF 7.001 6.915 6.841 0.16 7

WT 6.957 6.94 6.86 0.096 8

SF 8.801 7.236 4.72 4.081 1

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Table.5 mean s/n values for each parameter at its levels Level 1 2 3 Delta Rank TON 2.237 2.266 2.281 0.044 5 TOFF 2.316 2.26 2.209 0.106 4 IP 2.212 2.251 2.322 0.111 3 SV 2.343 2.263 2.178 0.165 2 Table.6 Anova Source TON TOFF IP SV WF WT SF WP Error Total DF 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 10 26 Seq SS 0.00885 0.05092 0.05669 0.12318 Adj SS 0.00885 0.05092 0.05669 0.12318 Adj MS 0.00443 0.02546 0.02834 0.06159 0.00278 0.00090 2.39054 0.00383 0.00194 F 2.28 13.12 14.61 31.75 1.43 0.46 1232.16 1.97 P 0.153 0.002 0.001 0.000 0.283 0.642 0.000 0.190 WF 2.281 2.258 2.246 0.034 7 WT 2.27 2.264 2.251 0.019 8 SF 2.755 2.302 1.727 1.028 1 WP 2.284 2.258 2.243 0.041 6

0.00556 0.00556 0.00180 0.00180 4.78108 4.78108 0.00765 0.00765 0.01940 0.01940 5.05513

S = 0.0440468 R-Sq = 99.62% R-Sq(adj) = 99.00%

Main Effects Plot for Means


Data Means
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Fig2.Mean effect values of Cutting speed

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Fig3. S/N ratios of Cutting speed Table 7 Results of the confirmation experiment for Cutting Speed Sl No 1 2 3 Cutting Speed Value obtained at Initial conditions A2B2C2D2E2F2G2H2 Cutting Speed Value obtained at Optimum Conditions A3B1C3D1E1F1G1H1 Improvement of Cutting Speed obtained Experiment 2.29 3.36 1.46 times Math Model 2.11 3.23 1.53 times

Table 8 Results of the confirmation experiment for Cutting Speed Sl No 1 2 3 V. S/N RATIO Value obtained at Initial conditions S/N RATIO Value obtained at Optimum Conditions Improvement of S/N RATIO obtained CONCLUSION Experiment 7.19 10.52 3.23 Math Model 6.48 9.58 3.10

In this study the following are achieved. 1 The effects of TON, TOFF, IP, SV, SF, WT, SF, WP are investigated on the EN31 Alloys Steel for Cutting speed with which to estimate the speed of material removal. 2. With the help of ANOVA, S/N ratio and Math model the optimal input parameter combination for the cutting speed on the WEDM machined arrived, which will be useful for the people who do not have much idea of WEDM can use for the selection of input parameters.
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