Section of Manufacturing Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechniou 9, 15780, Athens, Greece
Various artificial neural networks types are examined and compared for the prediction of surface roughness in manufacturing technology. The aim of the study is to evaluate different kinds of neural networks and observe their performance and applicability on the same problem. More specifically, feed-forward artificial neural networks are trained with three different back propagation algorithms, namely the adaptive back propagation algorithm of the steepest descent with the use of momentum term, the back propagation Levenberg–Marquardt algorithm and the back propagation Bayesian algorithm. Moreover, radial basis function neural networks are examined. All the aforementioned algorithms are used for the prediction of surface roughness in milling, trained with the same input parameters and output data so that they can be compared. The advantages and disadvantages, in terms of the quality of the results, computational cost and time are identified. An algorithm for the selection of the spread constant is applied and tests are performed for the determination of the neural network with the best performance. The finally selected neural networks can satisfactorily predict the quality of the manufacturing process performed, through simulation and input–output surfaces for combinations of the input data, which correspond to milling cutting conditions.