In the field of mechanical engineering the prediction of rates of wear has proven to be difficult. The wear process is very complicated and many variables are involved including hardness, toughness, yield strength, fatigue properties, as well as geometry, contact sliding distance, relative velocity, and surface finish. Many theoretical wear equations have been developed, but they always contain factors/parameters which have to be determined by experiments and/or are not widely accepted. Neural networks have been developed in the hope of finding solutions for problems with unknown or complex internal relationships as they can be trained to map a set of input patterns onto a corresponding set of output patterns, by simple exposure to examples of the mapping. After training, the neural network can be used to predict output not encountered in training. In the present work, the abrasive wear resistance of VVC-Co coatings on AISI-D3 tool steel substrates is tested. The High Velocity Oxy Fuel (HVOF) thermal spray technique is used with different substrate pre-heating temperatures to produce coatings having various thicknesses. Wear tests are carried out using a novel test rig designed and built at Dublin City University. Volume loss is recorded at regular intervals for each experiment. Experimental data are used to train a neural network (multi-layer perceptron) using the back-propagation algorithm. The neural network is then used to predict volume loss for experiments not used in training. A comparison with a multi-regressive prediction model is also performed. The results obtained show a 16% average prediction error for the neural network and a 30% average for the multi-regressive model. The lowest prediction errors are 6.5% and 6.7%, respectively. Accuracy is found to be particularly high. It is felt that this new computational device can be useful in several industrial application requiring components wear prediction.
|Titolo:||Predicting The Wear Resistance Of Wc-Co Coatings Using Neural Networks|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1999|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02286203.1999.11760272|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|