Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Arak University of Technology

2 Faculty of Earth Sciences Engineering, Arak University of Technology, Arak, Iran.



The maximum energy consumption of stone cutting machines is one of the important cost factors during the process of cutting construction stones. Accurately predicting and estimating the maximum energy consumption performance of the cutting machine, along with estimating the cutting costs, can help approach the optimal cutting operating conditions to reduce energy consumption and minimize machine depreciation. However, due to the uncertainty and complexity of building stone textures and properties, determining the maximum energy consumption of the device is a difficult and challenging task. Therefore, this paper employs the rock engineering system method to solve the aforementioned problem. To this end, 120 test samples were collected from a marble factory in the Mahalat region of Iran, representing 12 types of carbonate rocks. The input parameters considered for the analysis were the Mohs hardness, uniaxial compressive strength, Young's modulus, production rate, and Schimazek’s F-abrasiveness factors. In the study, 80% of the collected data, equivalent to 96 data points, were utilized to construct the model using the rock engineering system-based method. The obtained results were then compared with other regression methods including linear, power, exponential, polynomial, and multiple logarithmic regression methods. Finally, the remaining 20 percent of the data, comprising 24 data points, were used to evaluate the accuracy of the models. Based on the statistical indicators, namely root mean square error, mean square error, and coefficient of determination, it was found that the rock engineering system-based method outperformed other regression methods in terms of accuracy and efficiency when estimating the maximum energy consumption.


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