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Chinese Journal of Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 802459, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/802459
Research Article

Process Parameters Optimization of Silica Sand Nanoparticles Production Using Low Speed Ball Milling Method

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia

Received 7 October 2013; Accepted 20 January 2014; Published 26 February 2014

Academic Editors: Y. Li and L. Mai

Copyright © 2014 Zulkhairi Rizlan and Othman Mamat. 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

Experiments are designed using Taguchi method to find the optimum parameters for silica sand nanoparticles production using low speed ball milling. Orthogonal array and signal-to-noise ratio are applied to study performance characteristics of machining parameters which are the ball to powder weight ratio, volume of milling jar, and rotation speed. Results obtained from signal-to-noise ratio analysis showed that ball to powder weight ratio is the most influential parameter.