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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 946281, 9 pages
Research Article

Stability Analysis of Process Route Based on Weighted Network

The Key Laboratory of Contemporary Design and Integrated Manufacturing Technology, Ministry of Education, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China

Received 26 June 2015; Accepted 2 November 2015

Academic Editor: Xiaobo Qu

Copyright © 2015 Ying Xiang et al. 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.


Aiming at the production stability of complex parts, a method based on weighted network was proposed to analyze the stability of the process routes of complex parts in order to improve the production stability. The weighted network of the process routes of complex parts was constructed by using the concept of machining cell which can transform the production cost and manufacturing time to the weights of network to do the decision-making of the process routes. Based on the production stability, the brittleness risk entropy of subsystem of weighted network was constructed by analyzing the probability of the brittle events that may lead to the collapse of the weighted network in machining cells. As the indicator of analyzing the vulnerability of weighted network node, the brittleness risk entropy can predict the easily failed subsystem in the entire network. Meanwhile, the brittle event, which may lead to the machining cell failure, was retrospect for the greater stability of the process routes. Finally, the correctness and effectiveness of this method were verified by using the manufacturing process of an aero-engine blade.