Abstract—Cubic boron nitride (cBN) is commonly used as a cutting tools material for the sake of its high hardness and wear-resistance. But on the other hand cBN, it requires application of an expensive HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) to avoid the transformation of cBN into low-hardness h-BN, they must be sintered under a pressure of 5 to 6 GPa which substantially increases their production costs. An alternative method, called PPS (Pulse Plasma Sintering), was proposed to decrease the production costs. The PPS significantly decreases the costs of production and therefore it is very attractive for industry. However, automation and dedicated control system for PPS is required to carefully control parameters and hamper the transformation of cBN into hBN. Only the application of automated production line guarantee high-quality of cubic boron nitride samples. The paper discusses the requirements and presents the architecture of the control system dedicated for pulse plasma sintering system.
Index Terms—Pulse plasma sintering, cubic boron nitride, composite materials, real-time control system, SCADA, programmable logic controller.
This work has been supported by the project no PBS1/A5/7/2012 Application of the latest generation of DDCC and BNDCC composites in the field of cutting tool from the National Centre for Research and Development.
B. Sakowicz, D. Makowski, P. Sekalski, P. Marciniak, R. Kotas and A. Napieralski are with the Lodz University of Technology, Department of Microelectronics and Computer Science, Wolczanska 221/223, 90-924 Lodz, Poland (e-mail: email@example.com).
M. Rosinski is with Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Woloska 141, 02-507 Warsaw, Poland (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
R. Talar is with Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Piotrowo 3, 61-138 Poznan, Poland (e-mail: email@example.com)
G. Skrabalak is with Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Wroclawska 37a, 30-011 Krakow, Poland (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:B. Sakowicz, D. Makowski, P. Sekalski, P. Marciniak, R. Kotas, G. Skrabalak, R. Talar, M. Rosinski, and A. Napieralski, "Control and Monitoring System for Composite Materials Fabrication Based on PPS Method," International Journal of Modeling and Optimization vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 445-449, 2013.