Product Code: JLA_14_2_114
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan 48121
Depth of penetration is a critical parameter in laser welding. In many applications, full penetration is desired, but difficult to detect in real time. A sensor fusion system using infrared, ultraviolet, audible sound, and acoustic emission has been implemented for real time monitoring of CO2 laser lap welds in both laboratory and industrial production settings. Signals from the welds were analyzed by: (1) singular value decomposition with data fusion, (2) class mean scatter with decision fusion, (3) class mean scatter with feature fusion, and (4) singular value decomposition with decision fusion using minimum distance and quadratic classification. A classification rate of 100% was obtained for detection of full penetration for both laboratory and production settings. © 2002 Laser Institute of America.
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