Minimisation of surface roughness in abrasive water jet cutting of transport aircraft glass fibre composite components

T.U. Siddiqui, M. Shukla, P.B. Tambe

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Abrasive waterjet (AWJ) can virtually cut any material, leaving a sand-blasted like surface, free of thermal distortion. However, the poor quality striated surfaces obtained at the jet exit side, require post processing operations. Therefore, proper selection of cutting parameters is necessary for obtaining good quality AWJ cutting. In the present work, a standard L 27(313) orthogonal array based on Taguchi design of experiments is used for AWJC of glass-epoxy composites. The experimental results and ANOVA indicate that quality level has the most significant influence on surface roughness. A small amount of ply delamination is also observed on the jet exit side. © BHR Group 2008 Water Jetting 19.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

cited By 1; Conference of 19th International Conference on Water Jetting ; Conference Date: 15 October 2008 Through 17 October 2008; Conference Code:75308


  • Abrasives
  • Aircraft
  • Carbon fiber reinforced plastics
  • Cutting
  • Delamination
  • Design of experiments
  • Epoxy resins
  • Friction
  • Glass
  • Glass fibers
  • Jets
  • Metal analysis
  • Steel sheet
  • Surface properties
  • Surface roughness
  • Surfaces
  • Taguchi methods
  • Transport aircraft
  • Water craft, Abrasive water jet cutting
  • AWJ cuttings
  • Cutting parameters
  • Glass fibre composites
  • Glass-epoxy composite
  • Orthogonal arrays
  • Post-processing
  • Quality levels
  • Taguchi design of experiments
  • Taguchi method
  • Thermal distortions, Abrasive cutting

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