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Prof. Nitinchandra R. Patel1, Mohammed A. Vasanwala2, Balkrushna B. Jani3, Miteshkumar D. Rathwa4, Ravi A. Thakkar5
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, G.H. Patel College of Engineering & Technology , Vallabh vidyanagar, Gujarat, India1
Final Year Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, G.H.Patel Collegeof Engineering & Technology, Vallabh vidyanagar, Gujarat, India 2, 3, 4, 5
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Testing of different material blades like High Carbon Steel, Low Alloy Steel, Bi-metallic blade, High speed Steel blades for their hardness, Cutting time performance, Wear Resistance, Tensile Strength and performance under buckling. Experiment of Rockwell Hardness tester for getting Hardness Number on C-Scale for all different types of blades, so their relative hardness of teeth of different blade blades can be compared. For Cutting Performance test, Cutting of same diameter (25mm) job of different materials like Aluminium, Brass, Copper by all blades and their cutting time is noted and compared. For Wear Resistance ability, Profiles of blades-before and after cutting are developed with the help of profile projector and compared. For figuring out Tensile Strength , we carried out Tension test on Universal Testing Machine (UTM), by finding out Modulus of Elasticity (E) value and further analytical calculation can be done for finding Maximum Permissible deflection. Here, we have found out the better blade material for different materials under different mechanical consideration.


Hardness, Wear Resistance, Tensile Strength , Permissible Deflection of blade


A hacksaw is a fine-tooth saw with a blade under tension in a frame, used for cutting materials such as metal. Handheld hacksaws consist of a metal frame with a handle, and pins for attaching a narrow disposable blade. A screw or other mechanism is used to put the thin blade under tension. Hacksaw blade cutting is conventional machining process which works on the principle of metal cutting. Where harder material which is tooth of the blades cuts the relatively softer material as per need.A power hacksaw (or electric hacksaw) is a type of hacksaw that is powered by electric motor. Most power hacksaws are stationary machines but some portable models do exist. Stationary models usually have a mechanism to lift up the saw blade on the return stroke and some have a coolant pump to prevent the saw blade from overheating. The saw or saw blade is the one of the most important component of a sawing machine. Saws are characterized by their material, tooth form, teeth set, tooth spacing and size. The geometry of the teeth is singular to that of the single point tools. The straight tooth form is suitable for finer pitches whereas the undercut face tooth forms are used for coarser pitches. Undercut tooth form is better from design point of view, because the cutting edges are backed up by more metal. It is very difficult to have this tooth form if teeth are very small in size.For the maximum efficiency for cutting process, hacksaw blade is fixed at 30◦ inclined to the work piece. Here, due to relative motion between work piece and hacksaw blade, heat is generated which is not desirable because it leads to more wear of blade tooth as we as will change the properties of final product. Therefore cutting fluids popularly known as coolants are applier while the cutting process. Different coolants are used as per the material to be cut


We have carried out Hardness test on Harness Tester Machine on C- Scale with diamond Indenter in HRC Unit. We have done the hardness test on the hacksaw bladesconsidering different points on the blade at equal distance on the edge near tooth at distance of 5 cm. as well as at the middle of blade at both the ends and measuring the hardness on these points as shown in below figure.
We have performed cutting opearation of these four blades on three different materials and the cutting action was followed in sequence which are as follows:
1. Aluminium 2.Brass 3. Mild steel
We have taken cutting time for same diameter jobs of above materials so we can find about the relative cutting performance. Here 25 mm Diameter of work piece is taken for being cut , this 25 mm round cross section is common for all different work pieces to be cut. Also we have taken profiles of blades on Profile Projector before and after cutting of each material for all blades so that relative amount of wear can be determined.
For,wear measurement , we have developed teeth profiles of all different material blades before and after each cutting operation with the help of profile projector.With these devoloped teeth profiles , we can conclude the amount of weat took place in different material blade for respective different material job. For realistic results , we have also employed coolants while cutting operation. Developed profiles are shown in following images for all different kinds of blades:
To find out tensile strength as well as Bending strength, we need to find out it directly from test or can be computed by property of material which is Modulus of Elasticity (E) value. So, for finding out value of Modulus of Elasticity (E) for all different material Blades, we conducted tensile test on all blades on Universal testing Machine (UTM). From obtained stress vs. Strain Graph , Value of Modulus of Elasticity (E) can be computed for all different materials and with help of Modulus of Elasticity (E) value , Bending strength can be analytically calculated.Values of Maximum load, Maximum Stress as well as Breaking load, Breaking Stress along with graph of intermediate points are as shown below:
For High Carbon Steel:
For High Speed Steel:
Here, considering Hacksaw Blade as a long column, under Axial Loading, Hacksaw Blade will Bend as shown in Figure 4.1, It Buckles in the plane perpendicular to cutting.
Here , Due to Axial Force P , Maximum Permissible Deflection (e ) can be computed analytically. With the help of maximum. Permissible Deflection, We Can find out maximum Permissible Crippling load Or Critical load (Pcr)
For all Blades , Cross-sectional Area(A),Minimum Moment of Inertia and Section modulus (Z) will be same, Moment of Inertia (minimum) for cross-section of blade, where b= width of blade= 32 mm and d= thickness of blade= 6 mm Imin = 576 mm4
Cross section Area of Blade (A) = 32*6 = 192 mm2
Section Modulus,
Here Radius of Gyration (k)
and Slenderness ratio(l/k) = 230.94 > 100
so, Euler’s formula can be applied.
For 1) High Carbon Steel Blade :- (Sample Calculation)
From Data obtained by Tension Test on UTM Machine , value of Modulus of Elasticity (E) can be obtained with the help of graph.
By Euler’s formula, Critical load or Crippling load (Pcr)
So, Pcr= 1972.79 N
Now, Bending moment (M) = fc * Z = Pcr* emax Assuming fc for steel material = 300 MPa, Bending moment (M) = 57600 N mm So, Maximum Permissible Deflection emax=29.2 mm
Similarly, other calculations can be done for different material of blades.


The following points from the tests we have carried out on different materials for the hack-saw blades.
Hardness test:
 High speed steel blade and alloy steel blade having hardness of order of 65 HRC is higher than other materials. Hence, HSS is the best as far as the hardness of tooth is concerned. So, for cutting harder work piece like mild steel etc., best option is to employ HSS material blade.
 In Bi-metallic strip blade, as only teeth are being hardened, hardness remains almost the same including both ends. The ends are not annealed because punch are made on relative softer shank material.
 In low alloy and HSS blades, the hardness throughout remains almost constant except two ends as ends are being annealed for easy installation. Also variation in hardness along the length of blade is more in case of alloy steel blade compared to HSS blade.
 Hardness of high carbon steel is lower than other materials. Therefore, this kind of blade is used only to cut softer material lxike copper, brass, aluminum etc.
Cutting performance
 High carbon steel blade is mainly used to cut the brass material as time for cutting of Brass material by High carbon steel blade is the least. So, the materials like brass, copper, bronze etc. are efficiently cut with high carbon steel as far as time is concerned. For ferrous materials it takes lot of time to cut.
 Alloy steel blades are used to cut the non-ferrous materials like brass, aluminium etc. as they take lower time for cutting of non-ferrous materials.
 Bi-metallic blades are the best to cut the ferrous materials like mild steel etc. as far as the cutting time is concerned. Also for non-ferrous materials it gives good performance.
 HSS blades cut both ferrous as well as non-ferrous materials with minimum cutting time.
Wear test
 The high carbon steel experiences minimum wear on tooth for cutting the aluminium, gun metal etc.
 The brass material and other non-ferrous materials can be cut with alloy steel and high carbon steel for the minimum amount of wear.
 For cutting ferrous materials like mild steel, HSS as well as Bi-metallic blades experience lower wear whereas alloy steel blades experience highest wear for cutting ferrous materials.
 So, for cutting ferrous materials HSS and Bi-metallic blades are best in wear consideration also for cutting non-ferrous materials either high carbon steel or alloy steel is good as far as the wear is concerned.
Tensile test
 Bi-metallic and HSS blades are having higher tensile strength of the order of 900 MPa whereas high carbon steel blades is having tensile strength of the order of 600 MPa and alloy steel is having of the order of 750 MPa.
 So, HSS and Bi-metallic blades are superior as far as the tensile strength is concerned.
Performance under Buckling
 HSS and low carbon steel blades are having maximum deflection of the order of 30 mm while Bi-metallic and alloy steel blades are having of the order of 28 mm. So, HSS blades are better under buckling than others.


From the above table, it is concluded that High speed steel (HSS) has overall good properties compared to other materials of blade.
Cutting Performance:
From the Cutting Performance, it is indicated that Bi-Metallic Strip is good to cut the Alluminium& Mild steel, High Carbon Steel is good to cut Brass material.
From the Wear Resistance , it is indicated that High Carbon Steel experiences less wear for Alluminium, like Alloy steel for Brass and HSS for Mild steel.


We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to PROF. NITINCHANDRA R. PATEL (Department of Mechanical Engineering) of G.H.Patel college of Engineering & Technology, VallabhVidyanagar for devoting much of his precious and valuable time during the entire research work and for offering numerous suggestions and encouragement thus making this project possible


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