21st EANN 2020, 5 -7 June 2020, Greece

Towards a digital twin with generative adversarial network modelling of machining vibration

Evgeny Zotov, Ashutosh Tiwari, Visakan Kadirkamanathan


  Transition towards Industry 4.0 relies heavily on manufacturing digitalisation. Digital twin plays a significant role among the pool of relevant technologies as a powerful tool that is expected provide digital access to detailed real-time monitoring of the physical processes and enable significant optimisation due to utilisation of big data acquired from them. Over the past years a significant number of works produced conceptual frameworks of digital twins and discussed their requirements and benefits. The research literature demonstrates application examples and proofs of concepts, although the content is less rich. This paper presents a generative model based on generative adversarial networks (GAN) for machining vibration data, discusses its performance and analyses the drawbacks. The proposed model includes process parameter inputs used to condition the features of generated signals. The control over the generator and a neural network architecture utilising techniques from style-transfer research provide the means to analyse the signal building blocks learned by the model and explore their relationship. The quality of the learned process representation is demonstrated using a dataset obtained from a machining time-domain simulation. The novel results constitute a critical component of a machining digital twin and open new research directions towards development of comprehensive manufacturing digital twins.  

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