To accurately and quantitatively detect the gear pitting of different levels on the actual site, this paper studies a new vision measurement approach based on a tunable vision detection platform and the mask region-based convolutional neural network (Mask R-CNN). The shooting angle can be properly set according to the specification of the target gear. With the obtained sample set of 1500 gear pitting images, an optimized deep Mask R-CNN was designed for the quantitative measurement of gear pitting. The effective tooth surface and pitting was firstly and simultaneously recognized, then they were segmented to calculate the pitting area ratio. Considering three situations of multi-level pitting, multi-illumination, and multi-angle, several indexes were used to evaluate detection and segmentation results of deep Mask R-CNN. Experimental results show that the proposed method has higher measurement accuracy than the traditional method based on image processing, thus it has significant practical potential.
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License
which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited