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Influence of modifcation on the refinement of primary silicon crystals in hypereutectic silumin AlSi21CuNi

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On the paper the influence of modifying micro additives on the refinement of primary silicon crystals in the hypereutectic AlSi21CuNi piston silumin have been examined. As the modifiers there were used micro additives of Phosphorus in the form of AlCu19P1.4 and CuP12 pre-alloys, sulfur in the form of CuS and iron in the powdered form. The modifying micro additives were used separately and together. Micro additions of iron were used together with phosphorus. Sulfur micro addition provided the fragmentation of the primary silicon crystals, but not as effective as the phosphorus micro additive. The best effect of fragmentation of the primary silicon crystals was ensured by the combined addition of phosphorus in the form of AlCu19P1,4 pre alloy with a micro additive of powdered iron which reduced the average size of the primary silicon crystals from 114 μm to 20 μm.

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Investigating the Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Pure Lead-Free Soldering Materials (SAC305 & SAC405)

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The Sn–Ag–Cu (SAC) solders with low Ag or Cu content have been identified as promising candidates to replace the traditional Sn–Pb solder. In this study, an extensive discussion was presented on two major area of mechanical properties and microstructural investigation of SAC305 and SAC405. In this chapter, we study the composition, mechanical properties of SAC solder alloys and microstructure were examined by optical microscope and SEM and mechanical properties such as tensile tests, hardness test and density test of the lead solder alloys were explored. SAC305 and SAC405 alloys with different Ag content and constant Cu content under investigation and compare the value of SAC305 and SAC405. From this investigation, it was reported that tensile strength is increased, with an increase of Ag content and hardness and density were also increases in the same manner.

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Manufacturing of Valve Bridge Component Utilizing Lean Alloyed Powders and Vacuum Sintering

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Increasing the application area of powder metallurgy (PM) steels for manufacturing of high-performance structural components results in material saving, reduction in energy consumption, etc. In this study, feasibility of the manufacturing of valve bridge component for heavy duty engine utilizing lean alloyed powders and novel vacuum sintering approach, followed by low pressure carburizing, is studied. Three low alloyed steel powders were processed by conventional uniaxial pressing and sintering at 1120 and 1250°C in industrial vacuum furnace. The components were tested under high cycle fatigue testing, simulating real conditions of operation. Fatigue properties did not show significant dependence on the sintering temperature and were comparable to currently used reference cast material. Fracture surfaces of broken samples were analyzed to detect crack initiations and fracture mechanisms as well as quality of sintering. Results showed preferentially ductile failure, well developed sintering necks and clean pore surfaces, indicating good sintering. Tested material in combination with novel vacuum sintering process show to be an attractive alternative for manufacturing of this type of components for heavy duty engine applications.

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A Model of Interconnection Between Aircraft Equipment Failures and Aircraft “States” in Flight

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The article presents a semiotic model of “aircraft conditions” in flight and multilevel structures of an aircraft. The hierarchical structure of abstract models is divided into blocks and levels that make them more compact by applying a mathematical apparatus corresponding to the goals sated. The above models were tested on the basis of statistical data on TU-154 aircraft failures for 10 years. Various aircraft functional system failures in flight were examined. The state of the aircraft is identified by normative indicators recorded in the “Aircraft Technical Operation Manual”.

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Obtaining of biomorphic composites based on carbon materials

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Aim of this paper is to present the properties of carbon preforms for the production of biomorphic composites. Carbon samples were obtained through pyrolysis of paulownia wood, replicating the microstructure of the cellulosic precursor. Many characterization methods such as Raman Spectroscopy, light microscopy, hardness tests and pore size analyzer detection were used to investigate the microstructure of the product as well as the pore size of carbon samples. Obtained results showed that the parts of early or late wood template play an important role in the pore size, specific surface area and pore volume of the product. This review aims to be a comprehensive description of the development of carbon chars: from wood templates and their microstructure to potential applications of biomorphic materials.

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An offline path planning method for autonomous vehicles

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Driving a road vehicle is a very complex task in terms of controlling it, substituting a human driver with a computer is a real challenge also from the technical side. An important step in vehicle controlling is when the vehicle plans its own trajectory. The input of the trajectory planning are the purpose of the passengers and the environment of the vehicle. The trajectory planning process has several parts, for instance, the geometry of the path-curve or the speed during the way. Furthermore, a traffic situation can also determine many other parameters in the planning process.

This paper presents a basic approach for trajectory design. To reach the aim a map will be given as a binary 2204 x 1294 size matrix where the roads will be defined by ones, the obstacles will be defined by zeros. The aim is to make an algorithm which can find the shortest and a suitable way for vehicles between the start and the target point. The vehicle speed will be slow enough to ignore the dynamical properties of the vehicle. The research is one of the first steps to realize automated parking features in a self-drive car.

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Quality control of a metallic dental bur with a diamond coating

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During operation, sterilization and disinfection, the surface working part of dental burs deteriorates. In this study a commercial metallic dental bur with extra coarse gradation (177-250 μ of ceramic embankment), made of a stainless steel were covered with a nickel-diamond composite was examined. The working part of the tool is round-end taper shaped and is intended for crown and bridge preparation. Analysis of microstructure was carried out using Jeol JSM-6610 LV scanning electron microscope with EDX analyzer. After 3 months of operation, the bur can be used for further work in the dental surgery.

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The Role of the Atmosphere on Boron-Activated Sintering of Ferrous Powder Compacts

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Boron has been known to activate densification during sintering of ferrous powder compacts, though with risk of embrittlement. In the present study, specimens Fe-B and Fe-C-B prepared from standard atomized iron powder with addition of ferroboron Fe-21%B were sintered in different atmospheres, and the resulting microstructures and properties were studied. It showed that the activating effect of boron is observed during sintering in argon and in hydrogen while sintering in N2 containing atmospheres results in rapid deactivation of boron, through formation of stable BN. In hydrogen atmosphere, surface deboronizing was observed to considerable depth. Ar is chemically inert, but Ar trapped inside closed pores tends to inhibit further densification. The impact energy data indicated that the embrittling effect of boron is enhanced significantly by presence of carbon. In the fracture surfaces, transgranular cleavage fracture can be observed both at very low and high impact energy values.

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Six Sigma as a method of improving the quality of service process

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The objective of the analysis conducted and described in this paper has been to present the practical application of the Six Sigma method based on the DMAIC cycle in improving the quality of the service process. The first part of the article contains the theoretical framework of six sigma and the issue of using its tools in the aspect of services. Afterwards, there has been calculated the initial sigma value which indicated the need for improvement. Measurement phase has been developed by the value stream mapping, process FMEA and customer survey which results have been analyzed in Pareto chart and fishbone diagram. Improve phase includes the Impact&Effort Matrix and target sigma level that can be achieved as a result of failures reducing and service quality improvement.

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