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The use of Plackett-Burman plans and the analysis of expert opinions, in order to assess the significance of controllable parameters of the plasma cutting process
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering University of Zielona Góra ul. Prof. Z. Szafrana 4 65-516 Zielona Góra, Poland
Publication date: 2018-09-30
Eksploatacja i Niezawodność – Maintenance and Reliability 2018;20(3):443-449
This article evaluates the significance of controllable parameters in the plasma cutting process, using the Plackett-Burman Method and the Analysis of Expert Opinions Method. The plasma cutting process was tested using a WPA-6000 Compakt plasma cutter, on non-alloy steel, of the S235JR EN 10025-2:2007 grade, with a carbon equivalent of 0.35%. The effect of the thickness of the sheet, the current flow rate, the cutting speed, the gas pressure during cutting, the height of the torch during cutting, the pierce delay time and the initial pierce height, were analysed. The research revealed the influence of the controllable parameters tested, in the plasma cutting process, on selected output parameters, surface cut drag lines, the width of the kerf at the inlet and outlet, and the value of the perpendicularity of the kerf on the surface of the base. The greatest influences were recorded for intensity of cutting current, cutting speed and gas pressure during cutting. The results obtained were confirmed by the results of the analysis of expert opinions
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