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      Volume 42, Issue 3

      March 2017,   pages  281-445

    • Wear rate and surface coating optimization of coconut coir-based polymer using fuzzy logic


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      The use of fuzzy logic for modeling surface parameters of coconut coir-based composite is the focus of this research paper. Natural fiber–polymer composite has been developed by combining coconut coir as a stimulator and polyester as a fixative. This sturdy material is resistant to scratches in the coating process on the surface layer of composite material. The specimen of this composite material is fabricated by different coir fiber and resin content. A polyurethane coating is also applied with varied thickness to give better wear rate and surface coating properties. A fuzzy logic approach is adopted to invent the optimal wear rate and surface coating using coating thickness and fiber content properties. The results indicate the best combinations of coatingthickness and its surface roughness of the sandwiches. MATLAB 7 is used in this work.

    • A mathematical model for in vitro coagulation of blood: role of platelet count and inhibition


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      A mechanistic model including the role of platelets is proposed for clot formation and growth in plasma in vitro. Initiation of clot formation is by the addition of tissue factor, and initiation via the intrinsic pathway is neglected. Activation of zymogens follows the extrinsic pathway cascade and reactions on platelet membranes are included. Platelet activation occurs due to thrombin and also due to other activated platelets.Inhibition of the active clotting factors is by ATIII and TFPI, whereas inhibition due to APC is not relevant in the conditions modeled. The model predictions matched existing data for thrombin production in synthetic plasma. The model predicts that inhibition of platelet-driven activation of platelets has a major effect on concentration of activated platelets in PRP, normal plasma and PPP. Inhibition of platelet activation by (other activated) platelets significantly delays thrombin production in PRP and normal plasma as compared to that by thrombin. Further, sensitivity analysis shows that the model is most sensitive to the activation of platelet membrane-bound factor X by the intrinsic tenase complex.

    • Unsteady flow due to a disk executing non-torsional oscillation and a Newtonian fluid at infinity rotating about non-coaxial axes


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      This paper is concerned with the unsteady flow of a disk performing non-torsional oscillation in its own plane and a Newtonian fluid at infinity while they are initially rotating with the same angular velocity about non-coaxial axes. For a more general study, it is considered that the disk executes non-torsional oscillation along any desired direction in its own plane. An exact solution obtained for the velocity field is compared with aperiodic solution presented in order to find the time when the periodic flow starts. A very good agreement is found between the two solutions in the periodic state. It is an interesting result that the x- and y-components of the force per unit area exerted by the fluid on the disk vary in almost opposite direction when the non-torsional oscillation takes place along the eccentricity direction. Further, the change in the y-component of the translational velocity becomes noticeable in this case.

    • Effect of adherend recessing on bi-adhesively bonded single-lap joints with spew fillet


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      The effect of adherend recessing on the strength of full (spew)-fillet-formed bi-adhesively bonded single-lap joint (SLJ) was investigated using the finite-element (FE) method under pure tension (i.e., 20 dissimilar recess length and depth and two-type bi-adhesive bond). A three-dimensional (3D) FE model was developed for bi-adhesively bonded SLJ, which had fillet and recessed adherend, assuming that both adhesive and adherend have geometrical non-linearity and exhibit linear material behaviour. The novelty of present study is the application of recessing process on the fillet-formed bi-adhesively bonded SLJs. The bondline characteristics of bi-adhesively bonded joints with the effect of adherend recessing have been investigated by examining the distributions of the peel and maximum principle stresses (MPS) at the mid-plane of the bondline.The results from the FE simulations in which varying geometric parameters are used reveal that the combined effects of adherend recessing spew fillet and bi-adhesive bondline led to a major decrease in the peak values of the peel stress, which is the governing failure stress and MPS. A novel design that may be beneficial to improve the strength characteristics of aluminium SLJ is presented.

    • Investigations for modelling hardness of biomedical implant during replication of FDM-based patterns by vacuum moulding


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      In the present work, effort has been made for modelling the microhardness of biomedical implant prepared by combining fused deposition modelling, vacuum moulding and stir casting (SC) process. A dynamic condylar screw (DCS) plate was selected as a real ‘3D’ biomedical implant for this case study. The DCS plate,made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene material, was fabricated as a master pattern by fused deposition modelling. After preparation of the master pattern, the mould cavity was fabricated by the vacuum moulding process.Finally a metal–matrix composite of Al and Al2O3 prepared by SC process has been poured in the vacuum mould for fabrication of DCS plate. This study outlines the replication procedure of DCS plate in detail from the master pattern to final product. The contribution of the paper is towards finding out the effect and optimumvalues of three different process parameters (namely: percentage composition of Al and Al2O3, vacuum pressure and grain size of silica) towards microhardness of the DCS plate manufactured by the combined process.

    • MHD unsteady GO–water-squeezing nanofluid flow—heat and mass transfer between two infinite parallel moving plates: analytical investigation


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      Investigation for unsteady squeezing viscous flow is one of the most important research topics due to its wide range of engineering applications such as polymer processing and lubrication systems. The aim of the present paper is to study the unsteady squeezing viscous graphene oxide–water nanofluid flow with heat transfer between two infinite parallel plates. The governing equations, continuity, momentum and energy for thisproblem are reduced to coupled nonlinear ordinary differential equations using a similarity transformation. The transmuted model is shown to be controlled by a number of thermo-physical parameters, viz., moving parameter,graphene oxide nanoparticles solid volume fraction, Eckert and Prandtl numbers. Nusselt number and skin friction parameter are obtained for various values of GO solid volume fraction and Eckert number. Comparisonbetween analytical results and numerical ones achieved by fourth order Runge–Kutta method revealed that our analytical method can be a simple, powerful and efficient technique for finding analytical solutions in scienceand engineering nonlinear differential equations.

    • Predictive torque and flux control of an induction machine drive using fuzzy multi-criteria decision making


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      Among the numerous direct torque control techniques, the finite-state predictive torque control (FS-PTC) has emerged as a powerful alternative as it offers the fast dynamic response and the flexibility to optimize multiple objectives simultaneously. However, the implementation of FS-PTC for multiple objectives optimization requires the optimization of a single objective function, which is constructed using weighting factors asa linear combination of individual objective functions. Traditionally, the weighting factors are determined through a non-trivial process, which is a complex and time-consuming task. In an effort to avoid the timeconsuming task of weighting factor selection, this paper aims at replacing the weighting factor calculation with a systematic fuzzy multiple-criteria decision making in which the individual objective functions may have equalor varying degrees of importance. As a result the weighting factor calculation can be completely avoided. The simulation and experimental tests are conducted on a 2.2 kW induction motor drive to validate the proposed approach. The result outcomes are compared with the conventional predictive torque control (PTC) using weighting factors on the same experimental platform.

    • Modified impedance source inverter for power conditioning system


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      Based on classical impedance source inverter concept, this paper presents a modified impedance source inverter controlled by different pulse width modulation control strategies for solar PV/battery-powered applications. A brief topology analysis, generalized discussion and design of impedance network elements are presented. Comparison with the classical impedance source inverter is presented. Using simulation, analytical results are presented that ensure stability. The proposed voltage type inverter has reduced inrush current at startup, less capacitor voltage stress and minimum inductor current ripples. DC link voltage boost, reduced total harmonic distortion of output current and voltage, better voltage gain and wide range of output voltage controlcan be achieved easily with improved power quality. Experimental set-up of the modified impedance source inverter with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) controller has been constructed to ascertain the results.

    • Machinability of hypereutectic cast Al–Si alloys processed by SSM processing technique


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      Experimental investigation carried out on the machinability studies to determine the influence of semi-solid metal processing and modification on hypereutectic Al–20Si–0.5Mg–1.2Fe-based alloy produced by conventional cast and semi-solid metal processing technique (mechanical stirring) and modified with iron correctors (Be and Cd) has been presented in this paper. The alloys under investigation were prepared bycontrolling melt using an induction melting furnace. Stirring of semi-solid metal takes place at constant cooling conditions from liquidus temperature at a constant stirring speed of 400 rpm. To determine the machining performance characteristics an orthogonal array, signal-to-noise ratio and statistical tool analysis of variance were jointly used during experimentation. A CNC lathe was used to conduct experiments in dry condition and coated carbide inserts were used as tool inserts. Machining variables like cutting velocity, approaching angle,feed rate and depth of cut, which can be considered as process parameters, are taken into account. The combined effect of modification and semi-solid metal processing has a significant effect on the machining characteristics,which was concluded from study. The modified alloy processed by semi-solid metal processing technique exhibits better machinability conditions when compared with the conventional cast. The feed rate has more effect on machining behaviour.

    • Mitigation of shock-induced flow separation using magnetohydrodynamic flow control


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      A numerical investigation is carried out to demonstrate a proof of concept, magnetohydrodynamicsbased active flow control, for mitigation of laminar flow separation over a flat plate due to shock wave–boundary layer interaction. The CERANS-MHD code has been used to solve the governing resistive magnetohydrodynamic equations discretized in finite-volume framework. The AUSM-PW? flux function is used in modellingthe advection terms and central differencing is used in modelling the resistive terms. Powell’s source term method is used for divergence cleaning of the magnetic field. The Hartmann number is varied from 0 to 12,000 to effectuate mitigation of flow separation, with the magnetic field applied at the wall and oriented transverse to the flat plate flow direction. Due to the Hartmann effect, flow separation is observed to be suppressed withincrease in Hartmann number beyond 6000. However, the overall magnitude of skin friction distribution increases drastically, resulting in large increase in skin friction drag as compared with the non-magnetic case,and is a cause of concern.

    • A hybrid multi-objective evolutionary algorithm approach for handling sequence- and machine-dependent set-up times in unrelated parallel machine scheduling problem


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      This paper addresses a fuzzy mixed-integer non-linear programming (FMINLP) model by considering machine-dependent and job-sequence-dependent set-up times that minimize the total completion time,the number of tardy jobs, the total flow time and the machine load variation in the context of unrelated parallel machine scheduling (UPMS) problem. The above-mentioned multi-objectives were considered based on nonzero ready times, machine- and sequence-dependent set-up times and secondary resource constraints for jobs.The proposed approach considers unrelated parallel machines with inherent uncertainty in processing times and due dates. Since the problem is shown to be NP-hard in nature, it is a challenging task to find the optimal/nearoptimal solutions for conflicting objectives simultaneously in a reasonable time. Therefore, we introduced a new multi-objective-based evolutionary artificial immune non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm (AI-NSGA-II) to resolve the above-mentioned complex problem. The performance of the proposed multi-objective AI-NSGA-II algorithm has been compared to that of multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) and conventionalnon-dominated sorting genetic algorithm (CNSGA-II), and it is found that the proposed multi-objective-based hybrid meta-heuristic produces high-quality solutions. Finally, the results obtained from benchmark instances and randomly generated instances as test problems evince the robust performance of the proposed multiobjective algorithm.

    • Pilot performance evaluation of simulated flight approach and landing manoeuvres using quantitative assessment tools


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      This research work examines the application of different statistical and empirical analysis methods to quantify pilot performance. A realistic approach and landing flight scenario is executed using the reconfigurable flight simulator at National Aerospace Laboratories and both subjective and quantitative measures are applied to the pilot performance data. Simulations were repeated for different difficult landing conditions likelanding with degraded visibility, with crosswinds, with degraded aircraft handling qualities and with emergency conditions. Relative assessment of the different applicable metrics is made and significance of task difficulties on pilot performance is investigated. Changes in the pilot’s control strategy with respect to primary and secondary tasks are also discussed in detail. Results indicate that analysing pilot’s control strategy together with his/her deviations from predetermined flight profile provides a means to quantify pilot performance.

    • Numerical simulation of thermal fracture in functionally graded materials using element-free Galerkin method


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      In the present work, element-free Galerkin method (EFGM) has been extended and implemented to simulate thermal fracture in functionally graded materials. The thermo-elastic fracture problem is decoupled into two separate parts. Initially, the temperature distribution over the domain is obtained by solving the heat transfer problem. The temperature field so obtained is then employed as input for the mechanical problem to determine the displacement and stress fields. The crack surfaces are modelled as non-insulated boundaries; hence the temperature field remains undisturbed by the presence of crack. A modified conservative M-integral technique has been used in order to extract the stress intensity factors for the simulated problems. The present analysisshows that the results obtained by EFGM are in good agreement with those available in the literature.

    • Drag reduction by the introduction of shear-free surfaces in a turbulent channel flow


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      In this paper, a novel technique for drag reduction in turbulent flows is presented. The technique involves the modification of the large scales of turbulent flows and is a passive approach. The lateral transport of momentum, which is a dominant mechanism in turbulence, is attenuated by the introduction of moving shearfree surfaces (SFSes). This brings about a reduction in the drag. 2D simulations have been carried out for aturbulent channel flow using shear stress transport (SST) Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) model and validated with the available experimental results. The interaction between the plates and the fluid is two way,and is enforced either by the use of a rigid body solver with moving mesh, or by considering the SFSes to befixed at particular locations and then updating the velocities of the plates at those locations. The latter is equivalent to solving a fully developed flow in the moving mesh case. The number, shape, size and placement of the SFSes strongly influence the amount of drag reduction. The phenomenon is confirmed to be governed by a

      ‘slow’ turbulent time scale. Further, the efficacy of the method is seen to depend on the ratio of two time scales – an advection time scale indicating the ‘resident time’ near an SFS, and the turbulent time scale. In addition, the effectiveness of the approach is improved by judicious placement of multiple SFSes in the flow.

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