Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract This paper describes an inverse analysis method using hierarchical neural networks and computational mechanics, and its application to the quantitative nondestructive evaluation with the ultrasonic method. The present method consists of three subprocesses. First, by parametrically changing the location and size of a defect hidden in solid, elastic wave propagation in the solid is calculated with the dynamic finite element method. Second, the back-propagation neural network is trained using the calculated relationships between the defect parameters and the dynamic responses of solid surface. Finally, the trained network is utilized to determine appropriate defect parameters from some measured dynamic responses of solid surface. The accuracy and efficiency of the present method are discussed in detail through the identification of size and location of a defect hidden in solid.
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