A feature-based reverse engineering system using artificial neural networks
Jun, Yong-Tae (1999) A feature-based reverse engineering system using artificial neural networks. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Reverse Engineering (RE) is the process of reconstructing CAD models from
scanned data of a physical part acquired using 3D scanners. RE has attracted a
great deal of research interest over the last decade. However, a review of the
literature reveals that most research work have focused on creation of free form
surfaces from point cloud data. Representing geometry in terms of surface patches
is adequate to represent positional information, but can not capture any of the
higher level structure of the part. Reconstructing solid models is of importance
since the resulting solid models can be directly imported into commercial solid
modellers for various manufacturing activities such as process planning, integral
property computation, assembly analysis, and other applications.
This research discusses the novel methodology of extracting geometric features
directly from a data set of 3D scanned points, which utilises the concepts of
artificial neural networks (ANNs). In order to design and develop a generic
feature-based RE system for prismatic parts, the following five main tasks were
investigated. (1) point data processing algorithms; (2) edge detection strategies;
(3) a feature recogniser using ANNs; (4) a feature extraction module; (5) a CAD
model exchanger into other CAD/CAM systems via IGES.
A key feature of this research is the incorporation of ANN in feature recognition.
The use of ANN approach has enabled the development of a flexible feature-based
RE methodology that can be trained to deal with new features. ANNs
require parallel input patterns. In this research, four geometric attributes extracted
from a point set are input to the ANN module for feature recognition: chain codes,
convex/concave, circular/rectangular and open/closed attribute. Recognising each
feature requires the determination of these attributes. New and robust algorithms
are developed for determining these attributes for each of the features.
This feature-based approach currently focuses on solving the feature recognition
problem based on 2.5D shapes such as block pocket, step, slot, hole, and boss,
which are common and crucial in mechanical engineering products. This approach
is validated using a set of industrial components. The test results show that the
strategy for recognising features is reliable.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Reverse engineering, CAD/CAM systems, Neural networks (Computer science)|
|Official Date:||June 1999|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||School of Engineering|
|Sponsors:||Han’guk Kwahak Kisul Yŏn’guso [Korea Institute of Science and Technology] (KIST) ; British Council|
|Extent:||xxii, 275 p.|
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