Document Type : Research Article
Faculty of Satellite Research Institute, Iranian Space Research Center, Tehran, Iran
In this paper, the robustness of controlling the cutting force of an end-milling process using a supervisory fuzzy controller (SFC) has been experimentally investigated. In the proposed controller an ordinary fuzzy controller (OFC) is augmented by implementing a fuzzy supervisor. The OFC is the highly-used cutting force fuzzy controller due its advantages. However, because of participating only one cutting parameter in its structure, i.e. mostly feed-rate, the OFC is suitable only when other parameters such as depth of cut, spindle speed and etc. have small amount of variations. Since in practice this assumption is not valid, OFC needs to be augmented. This augmentation has had suggestions in the literature. However, these suggestions never have been on the basis of the fuzzy logic; while fuzzy being is the major advantage of OFC for controlling cutting force. Due to this deficit, in this paper a supervisory fuzzy controller has been added to the system. The designed fuzzy supervisor, inspects the dynamic behavior of the cutting force, estimates a pre-defined ‘sensitivity’ parameter and cancels the output fluctuations arisen with this parameter’s variation. The numerous experiments conducted in different cutting situations, proved that this supervisory structure increases the robustness and applicability of the fuzzy controller with respect to an ordinary fuzzy controller. These experiments are conducted on two different CNC machines to confirm the efficiency of the presented method.