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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 304691, 8 pages
Research Article

Prediction of Crack for Drilling Process on Alumina Using Neural Network and Taguchi Method

Department of Mechanical Engineering, ChienKuo Technology University, Changhua 500, Taiwan

Received 18 September 2014; Accepted 24 November 2014

Academic Editor: Katsuyuki Kida

Copyright © 2015 Kingsun Lee. 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.


This study analyzes a variety of significant drilling conditions on aluminum oxide (with orthogonal array) using a diamond drill. The drilling parameters evaluated are spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, and diamond abrasive size. An orthogonal array, signal-to-noise () ratio, and analysis of variance (ANOVA) are employed to analyze the effects of these drilling parameters. The results were confirmed by experiments, which indicated that the selected drilling parameters effectively reduce the crack. The neural network is applied to establish a model based on the relationship between input parameters (spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, and diamond abrasive size) and output parameter (cracking area percentage). The neural network can predict individual crack in terms of input parameters, which provides faster and more automated model synthesis. Accurate prediction of crack ensures that poor drilling parameters are not suitable for machining products, avoiding the fabrication of poor-quality products. Confirmation experiments showed that neural network precisely predicted the cracking area percentage in drilling of alumina.