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Multiresponse Optimization of Cutting Force and Cutting Power in Chopping Agricultural Residues Using Grey-Based Taguchi Method

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Faculty of International Training, Thai Nguyen University of Technology, 3/2 Street, Tichluong Ward, Thainguyen City 251750, Vietnam
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Thai Nguyen University of Technology, 3/2 street, Tichluong Ward, Thainguyen City 251750, Vietnam
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Agriculture 2020, 10(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10030051
Received: 29 January 2020 / Revised: 21 February 2020 / Accepted: 24 February 2020 / Published: 25 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Crop Production)
Agricultural residues are the most abundant biomass and forage resources. Chopping is a precondition for either use, and reducing the shearing force has been considered as one of the most effective way to save energy. A smaller force can also permit more compact mechanical parts of chopping devices. In several cases, power consumption may be large, even when the shearing force is small, if the corresponding cutting velocity is high. Consequently, it is important to minimize both cutting force and power consumption simultaneously. This paper presents a practical approach to solve the multi-objective optimization problem for chopping processes of corn stalks. Applying the Taguchi design of experiments, a plan of 27 chopping tests was conducted. Based on the grey relational grade analysis and analysis of variance technique, optimum levels as well as the percentage contribution of such parameters were identified. Experimental results showed that the multi-response optimization problem in chopping corn stalks can be effectively addressed through the combination of Taguchi design and grey relational analysis. The results can be expanded for practical applications in design and operation of chopping machines for agricultural residues. View Full-Text
Keywords: forage chopping; biomass; cutting force; cutting power; multi-objective optimization; grey-based Taguchi forage chopping; biomass; cutting force; cutting power; multi-objective optimization; grey-based Taguchi
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Vu, V.-D.; Nguyen, T.-T.; Chu, N.-H.; Ngo, Q.-H.; Ho, K.-T.; Nguyen, V.-D. Multiresponse Optimization of Cutting Force and Cutting Power in Chopping Agricultural Residues Using Grey-Based Taguchi Method. Agriculture 2020, 10, 51.

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