An improved real-time temperature control for pulsed laser cutting of non-oriented electrical steel

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Abstract

An improved method based on fuzzy gain scheduling (FGS) control is developed in this study to tune the PID parameters and precisely control the working temperature in situ during laser cutting of non-oriented electrical steel sheets. Experiments on laser cutting of thin electrical steel sheets are performed to compare the cutting quality of kerf features using an open loop controller with a constant power, a conventional PID controller, and the proposed FGS controller. An unstable and inconsistent cutting quality of kerf with a larger heat affected zone (HAZ) and dross attachment is observed under open loop control due to a significant variation of working temperature and kerf width along the cutting path. The FGS controller shows better cutting performance and tracking response than the conventional PID controller by reducing the settling time as well as enhancing the control stability in the steady period. A better quality of finer and uniform kerf width with parallel kerf edges of a smaller HAZ and dross attachment are thus produced by the improved FGS control through real-time tuning of control parameters. Finally, the average kerf width is well correlated with the set-point temperature in FGS control by a linear equation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106783
JournalOptics and Laser Technology
Volume136
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Fuzzy gain scheduling
  • Kerf width
  • Laser cutting
  • Non-oriented electrical steel
  • Real-time temperature control

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