Nowadays, machine learning is used in almost all areas of research and thereby heavily changes the approach to many existing problems. Machine learning therefore has a high potential to create new innovations. This is also true for material science in general and especially for forming processes. As experts in characterizing materials, material modeling and numerical simulation of forming processes, the experts at the Fraunhofer IWM investigate how machine learning can be applied to solve problems concerning materials sciences in the forming industry. We are active in the following areas:
Integration of domain knowledge and numerical simulations in machine learning and how to bring this all together in grey-box models
Parameter identification for material models using neural networks
Softsensors: accessing information about the state of material in components through indirect online-measurements
Application of machine learning in production processes and development of intelligent process control
Development of methods to map and invert microstructure-property linkages focusing on metallic materials and their usage within industry
The aim is to identify material model parameters by fitting the material model response to experimental measurements. Machine learning enables setting up a transfer function to directly map experimental measurements on model parameters.
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Creating a physical model that describes the experimental setup. The physical model includes the material model for the parameters that are to be identified.
Defining the parameter space within which the model should work
Evaluating the physical model for several sets of material model parameters. The data points are distributed in parameter space depending on the sampling strategy that is employed.
Setting up an inverse model via machine learning (i.e. neural networks). The input for the machine learning model comes from experimental measurements, the output consists of material parameters.
The successfully trained machine learning model directly estimates material model parameters. In contrast to optimization methods, no iterative (and time consuming) procedure is necessary.
It is possible to apply the machine learning model on different materials tested as well as to identify model parameters for which the machine learning model is trained within the same experimental setup (see Fig. 1.2).
Sufficient sampling in parameter space leads to a greater likelihood offinding a global solution for the problem of parameter identification. In contrast to optimizers, the machine learning model does not tend to get stuck in local optima, especially when the problem is ambiguous.
There is a huge potential to optimize complex production processes using process data combined with numerical simulations and machine learning
From adaptive process control towards an autonomous production, for example in sheet metal forming (see Fig. 2.1)
Processes adjust their behavior autonomously to changing conditions (i.e. states of a material, disturbances, wear & tear)
Avoiding time-consuming start-up time and enabling sustainable production by directly estimating an optimal set of process parameters
Example: during the Fraunhofer lighthouse project Machine Learning for Production we aim to upgrade the glass bending machine developed and owned by the Fraunhofer IWM