Development of a Support System for the Selection of Welding Materials using Prolog(Welding Mechanics, Strength & Design)
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To secure appropriate weld quality, we have to select appropriate welding materials. Usually the guidelines for selecting appropriate welding materials are given in the form of tables. Knowledge thus expressible in the form of a table can be re-expressed using first order predicate logic. We paid attention to this point, and we describe in this paper that if we use the programming language Prolog which is based on first order predicate logic, we can develop a software system for supporting engineers in selecting appropriate welding materials in quite a compact form and without any difficulty or trouble. We present here the actual conversations on a TSS terminal to show how Prolog is usuable for such a purpose. In the field of welding, various kinds of knowledges are expressed using tables, and there are many decision making problems whose guidelines are given in the form of tables. As the knowledges in welding engineering are advancing more and more in their depths and are increasing more and more in their quantities, Prolog is expected to play an important role for developing a decision support system for welding engineers.
- Transactions of JWRI
Transactions of JWRI 12(2), 317-320, 1983-12