Recognition of texture types of wear particles

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Microscopic wear particles are produced in all machines containing moving parts in contact. The particles, transported by a lubricant from wear sites; carry important information relating to the condition of the machinery. This information is classified by compositional and six morphological attributes of particle size, shape, edge details, color, thickness ratio, and surface texture. This article describes an automated system for surface texture identification of wear particles by using artificial neural networks. The aim is to classify these particles according to their morphological attributes and by using the information obtained, to predict wear failure modes in engines and other machinery. This approach will enable the manufacturing industry to improve quality, productivity and economy. The procedure reported in this article is based on gray level co-occurrence matrices which are used to train a feed-forward neural network classifier in order to distinguish among seven different patterns which can aid in the identification of wear particles. The investigated patterns are: smooth, rough, striations, holes, pitted, cracked, and serrated. An accuracy classification rate of 94.64% has been achieved and is shown by a confusion matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalNeural Computing and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003


  • Automation
  • Co-occurrence matrices
  • Neural networks
  • Pattern recognition
  • Texture
  • Wear particles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


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