By Hubert Seigneur & Winston V. Schoenfeld, USPVMC; Sergei Ostapenko, Igor Tarasov & Chad Rodrigues, Ultrasonic Technologies; Yuriy Zaikin, PetroBeam; Kevin Morrow, Niabraze
Because the wire itself is the dominant cost in diamond wire sawing, economics dictate that the wire life must be prolonged. This paper presents recent progress made in real-time non-contact monitoring of diamond wire using the resonant vibration (RV) characteristics of the wire. Additionally, a theoretical framework is presented which shows that the characteristics of the resonance curve do not change at speeds above 500m/s. As a result, this technology is expected to be able to meet the increasing demands of monitoring diamond wire wear during sawing as the wire speed continues to increase in the coming years.