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Soldagem & Inspeção

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CHVERTKO, Yevgenia; SHEVCHENKO, Mykola  and  PIRUMOV, Andriy. Monitoring of the process of Flash-Butt Welding. Soldag. insp. [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.1, pp.31-38. ISSN 0104-9224.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-92242013000100005.

Statistical methods of analysis are currently widely used to develop control and monitoring systems for different welding processes. These methods allow to obtain information about the process including effect of all factors on its results, which is often difficult to evaluate due to the complexity of the process. The authors made efforts to apply these methods to develop the system for monitoring the parameters of flash-butt welding in real-time mode. The paper gives brief information about the features of flash-butt welding of reinforcement bars and some basic limitation of this process application. The main reasons of formation of defects in welded joints are given as well as analysis of possibility of application of monitoring systems for their determination. The on-line monitoring system based on neural networks was developed for evaluation of process deviations. This system is believed to be adequate for determination of process violations resulting in disturbances of welding parameter and can be used for prediction of possible defects in the welded joints.

Keywords : Flash-butt welding; Defects in joints; Neural networks; Quality monitoring.

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