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Effect of Auto-Tuning on Serrated Flow Behavior

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
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Metals 2019, 9(8), 845; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9080845
Received: 22 July 2019 / Revised: 27 July 2019 / Accepted: 27 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
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Abstract

The mechanical response of a servo-hydraulic testing system is affected by the stiffness of test specimens. An adaptive controller helps in auto-tuning the system by setting the optimal proportional-integral-derivative values for the subsequent test as the stiffness changes. This paper presents the effect of auto-tuning of various channels on the flow response of several commercial Al and Mg alloys and a mild steel. Strain-controlled monotonic tensile tests were performed at a given strain rate of 1 × 10−4 s−1 after auto-tuning of position, load, and strain channels in different combinations. Serrated flow or Portevin–Le Chatelier effect was observed in the Al alloys after auto-tuning of either position channel only or position and load channels. However, the serrations of Al alloys were shielded after further auto-tuning of strain channel. The stress-strain curves of Mg alloys and mild steel were observed to be basically free of serrations under any combinations of auto-tuning, which confirms that the serrated flow is a property of specific materials rather than a machine system noise. View Full-Text
Keywords: auto-tuning; strain control; Portevin–Le Chatelier effect; serrated flow auto-tuning; strain control; Portevin–Le Chatelier effect; serrated flow
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Mohammed, S.; Chen, D. Effect of Auto-Tuning on Serrated Flow Behavior. Metals 2019, 9, 845.

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