This paper presents the four stage approach followed for automated design and STEP-NC based machining of impellers. In the first stage, the design calculations are performed to construct the 'Meridional representation' of the radial impeller. Then 3D curves are projected from the 'Meridional representation' and 3D model is generated using UG-NX software. In the second stage, the process planning activities including tooling & setup plan are completed. Here, ball end mill cutters with suitable diameter and length are selected and appropriate process parameters as suited to 5 axis milling are considered. In the third stage, the tool path data based on contour area milling is generated and verified in the UG NX software. Finally, in the fourth stage, the model with the complete data is imported to STEP-NC software and the AP-238 format is generated. In this article the design procedure adopted for construction of 'Meridional Section' of a radial turbine is discussed with the general methdology to automate the process planning and tool path generation. A test case of radial impeller is presented with the results obtained by adopting STEP-NC format.
ARIVAZHAGAN, A., MEHTA, N.K. and JAIN, P.K. 2012. Automated design and STEP-NC matching of impellers. In Hinduja, S. and Li, L. (eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Manufacturing Automation and Systems Technology, Applications, Design, Organisation and Management, and Research (MATADOR) international conference 2012, 25-27 July 2012, Manchester, UK. London: Springer [online], article ID 2-6, pages 57-60. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-4480-9_2