Delaying tool chatter in turning with a two-link robotic arm

Abdullah Özer*, S. Eren Semercigil, R. Prasanth Kumar, Pulas Yowat

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Chatter leaves a rough machined surface, accelerates wear of the cutter and creates unacceptably loud noise levels. A conventional approach to suppress chatter is to slow the material removal rate. Such an action is usually successful to avoid chatter, but causes increased production time and cost. Therefore, it is desirable to maintain a reasonably fast rate of production and employ a chatter control measure. In this research, a semi-active parameter control technique is investigated numerically during a robotic turning process. Investigations have been performed on a two-link robotic arm model. The control of chatter has been achieved by varying the joint stiffness in a synchronized mode with the spindle speed. Stability lobe diagrams have been compared for controlled and uncontrolled cases. Simulation results showed that significant improvements can be achieved by varying the joint stiffness of robotic structures. The proposed method is stable, effective and requires no additional hardware to implement at the actuated joints of robots.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1417
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 18 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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