Optimization of milling parameters of unmodified calotropis procera fiber-reinforced pla composite (Ucpfrpc)

Hassan K. Langat, Fredrick M. Mwema*, James N. Keraita, Esther T. Akinlabi, Job M. Wambua, Tien Chien Jen

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This study involves the optimization of the milling parameters of unmodified Calotropis Procera fiber-reinforced PLA composite (UCPFRPC). The material is prepared from the combination of 20% Calotropis-Procera and 80% of PLA by weight. The experiments are designed using the Taguchi methodology, where 16 experiments are obtained using the spindle rotational speed, depth of cut, and feed rate as the parameters. These experiments were conducted while obtaining thermal images using an infrared camera and recording the machining time. The change in mass was then determined and the material removal rate computed. The machined workpieces were then investigated for surface roughness. The study shows that the optimal milling parameters in the machining of UCPFRPC for the lowest surface roughness are 400 rpm, 400 mm/min, and 0.2 mm, for the rotational spindle speed, feed rate, and depth of cut. The parameters were 400 rpm, 100 mm/min, and 1.2 mm for the largest MRR, and 400 rpm, 400 mm/min, and 0.2 mm for the least average milling temperature. In all the responses, the depth of cut is the most significant factor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number261
JournalJournal of Composites Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

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