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Modeling of Electrical Discharge Coating Parameters Using Artificial Neural Network

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Electrical discharge coating (EDC) is modified form of electrical discharge machining (EDM) to modify the surface of ZE41A magnesium alloy with WC/Cu coating to enhance the tribological properties. Variables such as compaction load, current and pulse on time were varied during EDC resulted varying layer thickness. A central composite design (CCD) of response surface methodology (RSM) has been employed to perform the experiment and collect data for analysis. In this study, an artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed for the analysis and prediction of EDC parameters while coating ZE41A magnesium alloy. The process variables and the responses metal transfer rate (MTR) and surface roughness (Ra) were used as input data set to train the three-layered feed-forward, back-propagation artificial neural networks. The networks were trained to predict MTR and surface roughness separately. The results show that the correlation coefficients between the neural network predictions and experimental values of MTR and surface roughness was 0.9991, recommending the reliability of the neural network model for analysis and optimization of EDC process. Microstructure of the machined surface has been characterized using scanning electron microscopic (SEM).
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Keywords: ANN; EDC; EDM; MTR; RESPONSE SURFACE METHOD; SEM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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  • Journal of Advanced Microscopy Research (JAMR) provides a forum for rapid dissemination of important developments in high-resolution microscopy techniques to image, characterize and analyze man-made and natural samples; to study physicochemical phenomena such as abrasion, adhesion, corrosion and friction; to perform micro and nanofabrication, lithography, patterning, micro and nanomanipulation; theory and modeling, as well as their applications in all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.
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