Using AI-methods for Parameter Scheduling, Quality Control and Weld Geometry Determination in GMA- welding
At the ISF-Welding Institute at Aachen University neural networks have been used for some years, for developing effective quality control systems of GMA welding. Also artificial intelligence methods are applied to recognise the quality and to calculate the seam geometry (seam height and thickness). In addition the neural networks are used as target functions for genetic programming in order to find out an optimised welding parameter set. <br>Primary welding parameters and statistically evaluated transient signals of the welding process are taken as an input data record for a neural network.<br> Since it is very time consuming to obtain a comprehensive information about the quality of the whole weld beat by evaluating numerous metallographic images, a software tool which calculates the beat geometry from the data supplied by a laser scanner, has been developed.<br> Recognition rates of neural networks between 90 and 100 % have been achieved for short and pulsed arc processes in online quality control and in offline parameter optimisation. The error in the geometry prediction by the neural network was found to be within the range of 2-12 %.
- ISIJ international
ISIJ international 39(10), 1067-1074, 1999-10
The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan