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Materials 2016, 9(4), 265; doi:10.3390/ma9040265

Heuristic Analysis Model of Nitrided Layers’ Formation Consisting of the Image Processing and Analysis and Elements of Artificial Intelligence

Institute for Sustainable Technologies, National Research Institute, Pulaski Str. 6/10, 26-600 Radom, Poland
Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP, Jerozolimskie 202, 02-486 Warsaw, Poland
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Academic Editor: Maryam Tabrizian
Received: 1 September 2015 / Revised: 25 March 2016 / Accepted: 29 March 2016 / Published: 1 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Structure Analysis and Characterization)
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The article presents a selected area of research and development concerning the methods of material analysis based on the automatic image recognition of the investigated metallographic sections. The objectives of the analyses of the materials for gas nitriding technology are described. The methods of the preparation of nitrided layers, the steps of the process and the construction and operation of devices for gas nitriding are given. We discuss the possibility of using the methods of digital images processing in the analysis of the materials, as well as their essential task groups: improving the quality of the images, segmentation, morphological transformations and image recognition. The developed analysis model of the nitrided layers formation, covering image processing and analysis techniques, as well as selected methods of artificial intelligence are presented. The model is divided into stages, which are formalized in order to better reproduce their actions. The validation of the presented method is performed. The advantages and limitations of the developed solution, as well as the possibilities of its practical use, are listed. View Full-Text
Keywords: image analysis; surface layer; gas nitriding; artificial intelligence image analysis; surface layer; gas nitriding; artificial intelligence

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Wójcicki, T.; Nowicki, M. Heuristic Analysis Model of Nitrided Layers’ Formation Consisting of the Image Processing and Analysis and Elements of Artificial Intelligence. Materials 2016, 9, 265.

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