SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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Towards Energy Management During The Machining Of Titanium Alloys
Gert Adriaan Oosthuizen, Nicholas Tayisepi, R F Laubscher, J Mulumba

Last modified: 2013-06-23


The machining challenges industry face need to be addressed in the multifaceted context of sustainability. The current price of energy and the reduction in material reserves highlights the need for machining systems to be more energy-efficient. This paper aims to provide a systematic overview of advanced approaches to manage energy and resource efficiency in cutting operations. The research experiments focus on the machining of titanium alloys using carbide cutting tools. Tool wear and chip formation were analysed, while cutting forces were measured. The experimental results illustrate the importance of selecting optimum cutting parameters and machining strategy. The results further help to expose the boundary conditions for the various input parameters. Future research is also discussed.

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