Material removal prediction for contact wheels based on a dynamic pressure sensor

  • Y. Sun
  • T. T. Vu
  • Z. Halil
  • S. H. Yeo
  • A. Wee


This paper investigates material removal prediction for contact wheels which are widely used in robotic surface finishing process. In particular, a novel methodology is proposed by using a dynamic pressure sensor as the feedback during the polishing process. Based on the pressure sensor’s feedback, a special form of material removal model is developed taking into account of discretized nature of the dynamic pressure sensor. The curve fitting is subsequently derived to map the discretized material removal prediction into continuous ones. The experimental results are reported to verify the proposed methodology, which has the ability to predict material removal in a precise manner with respect to various polishing forces, workpiece geometries, and contact wheel types.


Pressure distribution Material removal Contact wheels Robotic finishing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Sun
    • 1
  • T. T. Vu
    • 1
  • Z. Halil
    • 1
  • S. H. Yeo
    • 2
  • A. Wee
    • 3
  1. 1.Rolls-Royce @ NTU Corporate Lab, School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Advanced Technology Center, Manufacturing TechnologyRolls-RoyceSingaporeSingapore

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