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Sadik Alper Yildizel, Yesim Tuskan, Gökhan Kaplan, "Prediction of Skid Resistance Value of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Tiling Materials", Advances in Civil Engineering, vol. 2017, Article ID 7620187, 8 pages, 2017.

Prediction of Skid Resistance Value of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Tiling Materials

Academic Editor: Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan
Received03 Jul 2017
Revised17 Oct 2017
Accepted29 Oct 2017
Published19 Dec 2017


This research focuses on the use of adaptive artificial neural network system for evaluating the skid resistance value (British Pendulum Number; BPN) of the glass fiber-reinforced tiling materials. During the creation of the neural model, four main factors were considered: fiber, calcium carbonate content, sand blasting, and polishing properties of the specimens. The model was trained, tested, and compared with the on-site test results. As per the comparison of the outcomes of the study, the analysis and on-site test results showed that there is a great potential for the prediction of BPN of glass fiber-reinforced tiling materials by using developed neural system.

1. Introduction

Many researches have been focused on the skid and slip resistance properties of the construction materials in order to lessen accident rates in developed countries. These countries, especially the USA, where severe environmental conditions occur, have made huge expenses incurred by slipping accidents. The cost of the accidents in the USA is 37.3 and 64.41 billion dollars in 1985 and 1994, respectively [1]. Moreover, the estimated cost of the year 2020 is approximately 85 billion dollars [2]. Two hundred thousand people are injured annually due to the falling-caused accidents, and among them, close to one percent lose their lives [3].

Nowadays, studies have been conducted on three main objectives: (i) human foot wear and their standards, (ii) construction materials and their standards, and (iii) the environment [1]. Generally, in the construction materials industry, all test equipment are produced and operated based on rubber friction. Those test tools basically consist of a vertical load, a projected speed, and a friction measurement wheel. On contrary to their simple structure, testing via this equipment sometimes becomes complex and expensive, if large-size construction materials are planned for testing. Besides, the test results vary depending on the dynamic factors such as temperature, test speed, rubber quality and aging, and even material curviness [4]. These factors directly affect the skid resistance, and it is very problematic to control them due to their nature.

Many approaches have been developed to determine the skid resistance value of the materials. Some of them depend on 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional data of the material surface with the aid of laser sensors [57]. Depolarization-based methods had been studied but not improved since optical properties of the materials did not reflect the interaction between the material and the impact source [8, 9]. Prediction through the surface properties of the material and relevant studies in the literature can include some regression models, fuzzy logic, and artificial neural networks [1012].

Even though there is wide-ranging knowledge on the interaction between the construction material and the skid origin in recent years, a safe and stable method has not been developed yet. The most preferred and accredited material to produce test equipment is rubber. During the skid resistance tests, it loses its internal dumping energy, and this confirms that the main factor affecting the test result is the surface of the material [13, 14].

Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are characteristic methods to model the comportment of the brain functions and human nervous system [15]. ANN is an information system that aims at providing capabilities such as the human brain resembles systems of learning, association, classification, generalizing, estimation, and optimization [16]. The limitations of various numerical modelling techniques and fails of many mathematical models for highly nonlinear behaviour of soils are also considered to be complex, time-consuming, and not always practical for civil engineering approaches. In construction material and geotechnical engineering problems, as with many areas of civil engineering, ANN has been used widely with high accuracy to predict and model the resistance values [1518].

There are some components of the system including activation function, learning algorithm, and architecture structure taken into consideration depending on the performance of an ANN. Generally, ANNs are divided into two major types: namely, feed-forward (FF) and recurrent (R). One of the most well-known FF-ANNs is the multilayer perception (MLP) neural network. An ANN architecture can be consisted of an input layer, an output layer, and one or more hidden layers [19]. Back-propagation (BP) networks learn from continuing existence, and its characterization gained wide application in civil engineering [20]. The accuracy of model prediction is influenced by number of hidden layers and their neurons in the BP network [19]. Determination of the optimal number of neurons in the hidden layer and the number of hidden layers depending on the complexity of the problem and the size of the database cannot be connected to a rule. The most accurate prediction is generally obtained with one hidden layer. However, the selection of sufficient number of neurons is presented under the feedback of these methods. The input variables are the main factors that affect the answers of this problem. And output variables corresponding to the number of neurons in the output layer are the expected answers to the problem. Neurons of the output layer communicate with the system of external environment by the configuration of output. The over rifting error on the training set can drive to a very small number; however, when the date is applied to the neural network, it becomes larger. This situation can be the cause of poor performance in machine learning [18, 21]. Training MLP-ANN can be performed by different algorithms. As reported by several researchers, training algorithms are employed for the networks. At the end of the training phase of the ANN, the network produces outputs for the given inputs. These outputs are compared with the targets which are the simulation results.

Within the scope of this study, the British pendulum tester was preferred for the determination of the skid resistance value of the materials for posing experimental results and the comparison with the neural network analysis results. The prediction capability of the neural model has been studied.

2. Glass Fibre-Reinforced Tiling Materials and Experimental Study

Reinforcing a tile material by glass fibers is an efficient and stable method to enhance the strength and durability properties of tile materials [22]. Alkali-resistant glass fiber was used to increase concrete flooring materials’ flexural capabilities. The physical and mechanical properties of the fibers are shown in Table 1.

PropertyFiber values

Softening point850°C
Chemical resistanceHigh
Elasticity modulus72,000 Mpa
Tensile strength1700 MPa
Dry density2.65 g/cm3
Electrical conductivityVery low

Spray-cast methodology was applied for production line works (Figure 1). CEM I 52.5 R cement type was used for the mixture design of on-site applications. The chemical and the physical properties of the cement are presented in Table 2.

Chemical properties (%)Physical and mechanical properties

SiO221.6Specific weight3.06
Al2O34.05Specific surface (cm2/g)4600
Fe2O30.26Whiteness (%)85.5
CaO65.7Initial setting (min)100
MgO1.30Final setting (min)s130
Na2O0.30Water used for consistency (%)30
K2O0.35Volume constancy (mm)1.0
SO33.30Remnants obtained using 0.045 sieve (%)1.0
Free CaO1.60Remnants obtained using 0.090 sieve (%)0.1
Chloride (Cl)0.01Compressive strength for 2 days (MPa)37.0
Insoluble0.18Compressive strength for 7 days (MPa)50.0
Loss on ignition3.20Compressive strength for 28 days (MPa)60.0

Alkali-resistant glass fibers were added to the mixes at the rates of 1%, 1.5%, 2%, and 2.5% (maximum) in parallel with the relevant literature research [2326]. As a cement replacement material, calcium carbonate was used at the rates of 5%, 7.5%, 2%, and 10%.

Following spraying process and the hardening of the tile material, polishing and sand blasting methods were applied to the surface of the materials (Figures 2 and 3).

The British Pendulum Number of the all the specimens was all recorded with the use of the British pendulum tester.

3. Artificial Neural Network Analysis

A three-layered feed-forward MLP-ANN has been adopted for the skid resistance estimation. In this paper, the ANN-1 and ANN-2 are designed just to estimate the British Pendulum Number (BPN). In these models, the additives, namely, calcium carbonate 3%, calcium carbonate (CC) 5%, calcium carbonate 10%, fiber content (FC), and sand blasting (SB), are the input parameters for ANN-1, and calcium carbonate 3%, calcium carbonate (CC) 5%, calcium carbonate 10%, fiber content (FC), and polishing (P) are the input parameters for ANN-2. The observed BPN value was the only output parameter for both ANN models.

Data from several scenarios of similar problems have identified that, even by using just one hidden layer, any complex function in a network can be solved. Consequently, in this research, one hidden layer was chosen to make the ANN models. Data classification of ANN models was carried out as proposed: 80% of the data for training and 20% for testing [2730]. In the model, log-sigmoid was utilized for transfer function while LM algorithm was employed to synthesize the ANN models. The details of the parameters considered during the BPN analysis in this study are given in Table 3.

Data typeModel parametersMinimum valueMaximum valueMeanStandard deviation

ANN-1 inputCalcium carbonate 3%0.0010.002.813.72
Calcium carbonate 5%0.007.501.942.74
Calcium carbonate 10%0.0010.001.943.55
Fiber content0.002.501.870.63
Sand blasting0.001.000.380.49

ANN-2 inputCalcium carbonate 3%0.0010.002.813.72
Calcium carbonate 5%0.007.501.942.74
Calcium carbonate 10%0.0010.001.943.55
Fiber content0.002.501.870.63


Based on different scenarios of additive assessment, polishing, and sand blasting, the BPN values modelled by MLP-ANN are shown in Figures 4 and 5. An overall good agreement between ANN models and experimental observation has been found.

It is noted from the results of the MR analysis that (1) has the R value of 0.534. It can be seen that R value is not very high but shows good correlation with the results of very high R2 values. It is observed that ANN-predicted values are less scattered and are close to on-site measurements. These outcomes are in parallel with the results of the similar prediction studies [29, 30]. Furthermore, in order to show the relationship between measured and predicted BPN values, BPN values predicted from (1) were compared with the BPN values calculated from the experimental observation, as shown in Figure 6 for all samples.

Following these calculations and analysis, performance of the ANN can be evaluated by four factors, namely, the determination coefficient (R2), variance account for (VAF), mean absolute error (MAE), and root mean square error (RMSE) in Table 4. In the case of determination coefficient, when the R value is close to 1, it can be concluded that the network can predict the data properly while in other performance factors, the minimum parameter is the best.


ANN-1Training set86.911.821.2984.21
Testing set84.311.251.5685.84

ANN-2Training set88.920.921.2184.21
Testing set90.391.050.9685.84

MRAll data65.342.371.5953.45

In addition to the performance indices, in order to gain an insight into the capabilities of the proposed correlations, a graph between the scaled percent error (SPE) (as given by (2)) and cumulative frequency is depicted in Figures 79, respectively, for the ANN-1, ANN-2, and MR models considering the data employed in this study as studied in similar literature researches [3032].where BPNp and BPNm are the predicted and the measured British Pendulum Number (BPN) and (BPNm)max and (BPNm)min are the maximum and the minimum measured BPNs, respectively.

About 91% of the BPN value predicted from the ANN-2 model fall into ±10% of the SPE, indicating a perfect estimate for the BPN value. About 71% of the BPN value predicted from the ANN-2 model fall into ±10% of the SPE, indicating a close estimate for the BPN value. These results indicate that ANN models developed were superior to the MR model in predicting the BPN value. It can be concluded that the ANN-2 model developed in this study can be used for the estimation of the BPN value and so for the determination of skid resistance and relevant measurements. The polishing property is found to be the most important input parameter followed by sand blasting based on the weight and the biases of the trained network.

4. Results and Discussion

In this study, the efficiency of the ANN and MR models to forecast the British Pendulum Number (BPN) has been investigated and compared. To achieve this, the BPN values were measured by changing the additive percentage, fiber ratio, polishing, and sand blasting conditions and utilized in the simulation of the ANN and MR models. The input parameters used in the ANN and MR models are four common additive percentages (CC 3%, CC 5%, CC 10%, and fiber ratio) and two separate experiment conditions (polishing and sand blasting). The output parameter in both models is the measured British Pendulum Number (BPN).

The scatter plots of the calculated versus predicted BPN for the ANN models are shown in the previous section. Obviously, the plots approximate a straight line which confirms the high accuracy of the ANN-2 model for the prediction of the BPN. The R2 values were 88.92 and 90.39 for training and testing data, respectively.


The authors certify that they have no affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers’ bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interests; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements) or nonfinancial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge, or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this paper.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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