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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 160519, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/160519
Research Article

Parametric Optimization of Squeeze Cast AC2A-Ni Coated Composite Using Taguchi Technique

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore 641062, India
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government College of Technology, Coimbatore 641013, India
3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Coimbatore Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore 641109, India

Received 31 May 2013; Accepted 29 October 2013; Published 20 January 2014

Academic Editor: Martin Crimp

Copyright © 2014 A. R. Ravikumar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper mainly focusses on parametric optimization of squeeze cast AC2A Ni coated composite through Taguchi technique. Composite samples have been cast through squeeze casting for each experimental trial based on L16 orthogonal array. From analysis of variance (ANOVA), it has been found that reinforcement percentage, squeeze pressure, and pressure duration were the casting parameters making significant improvement in the mechanical properties such as hardness and ultimate tensile strength. Reinforcement percentage and squeeze pressure have been identified as the most influencing parameters from the percentage contribution analysis. The optimum parametric setting has been determined through Taguchi technique. It has been confirmed that AC2A-Ni coated composite obtained for the optimum parametric setting has exhibited better mechanical properties compared to the experimental trials.