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Binbin Zhang, Song Gao, Chaobo Chen, Jichao Li, Xueqin Bi, "A Semiconductor Bridge Electrical Explosive Device Online Firing Quality Identification Algorithm", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2020, Article ID 1638705, 7 pages, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/1638705
A Semiconductor Bridge Electrical Explosive Device Online Firing Quality Identification Algorithm
Abstract
When qualified explosive devices fire the explosive agent unsuccessfully, onsite testers cannot diagnose fast and accurately whether it is the firing quality problem of the electrical explosive devices or explosive agent by using traditional test methods. And, if the explosive agent is fired unsuccessfully, generally, the only way is to test the explosive device by onsite testers themselves. In order to protect the onsite testers’ safety, this paper proposes an electrical explosive device firing quality identification algorithm based on HHT (Hilbert–Huang transform) of the explosive time series. Obtaining an explosive current time series during the firing process of electrical explosive devices by the explosive equipment, the IMFs (intrinsic mode functions) and a residual function of the explosive current time series are obtained by EMD (empirical mode decomposition), the feature vector, which is the energy characteristic values of the IMFs and residual function by Hilbert transformation, is the input of SVM (support vector machine), and the fired failure explosive device is identified as an excellent performance product or performance failure product by the trained SVM. Finally, semiconductor explosive devices are tested to verify the proposed algorithm, and the results show that the EMDSVM algorithm can identify effectively the firing quality of firing explosive devices.
1. Introduction
The mechanism of electrical explosive devices is to fire the resistance, semiconductor bridge, MEMS (microelectromechanical system), and other hotwire igniters by fire current excitation to make explosive agents work [1]. Comparing with other explosive devices, semiconductor bridge electrical explosive devices have the advantage of consistent synchronization, easy, and remote control [2]. So, it is most widely used in weapon, aerospace, and missile [3] applications.
Since the electrical explosive device is the initial ignition component of the weapon, the quality requirements of the electrical explosive device are very high. At present, the commonly used reliability test methods of explosive devices are mainly success or failure experiments: lifting method [4], Bootstrap method [5], 100% p firing level method [6], information measure equivalency [7], stressstrength interference method [8], and maximum likelihood estimation method [9]. But, these methods cannot identify precisely the firing quality of a single electrical explosive device [10]. Besides, some methods are based on the mathematic model, temperature rising model [10, 11], critical firing current model [12], finite element model [13], etc. However, the firing mathematic model of the explosive device is stochastic, and it does not completely fit the next explosive device. Moreover, the explosive devices are a product of “longterm storage and single use,” and the explosive device test methods of literatures [4–13] are to test unused products in the storage environment. The explosive devices may fail, even if the batch of explosive devices is qualified, and may cause serious consequences such as misfire or an accidental explosion of weapons and equipment because of temperature, humidity, vibration, pressure, altitude, etc. [14]. Onsite testers are dangerous, when they test the failed explosive device, and cannot immediately determine whether there is a problem with the explosive device or explosive agent. So, the online firing quality identification algorithm of electrical explosive devices is actually needed at the test site, and it provides a basis for the intelligent firing or fault location of a weapon. But, online firing quality identification algorithms of explosive devices are very few.
With the development of digital technology, the electrical explosive equipment, which is based on an intelligent microprocessor, can obtain the time series of firing current and voltage, and it can be used to identify whether the fired failure explosive device can be used again. This paper mainly researches the explosive time series of semiconductor bridge electrical explosive devices. And, according to the impedanceenergy curve, the explosive process is divided into positive impedance temperature rising, negative impedance temperature rising, melting, gasification, and plasma generation stages [15]. The dynamic impedance characteristic of the semiconductor bridge electrical explosive device is strongly nonlinear, timevarying, and strong stochastic because of the inconsistency of semiconductor material, temperature, humidity, installation error, explosive agent, etc. Its explosive mechanism is very complex, and the traditional impedance test or Fourier analysis method is not suitable for nonstationary time series.
In summary, the explosive current and voltage time series are obtained by the intelligent electrical explosive equipment. And, aiming at the strong nonlinear and nonstationary explosive time series, this paper gets the explosive characteristic value of time series by HHT, which is mainly composed of EMD and Hilbert transformation, and identifies the explosive quality by the trained SVM. As a result, the explosive failure explosive device can be determined online whether it can be used again, without the onsite testers identifying by themselves.
The organization of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, an online firing quality algorithm is proposed based on the EMD, Hilbert transformation, and SVM. And, in Section 3, 200 explosive current time series data sets are obtained by the electrical explosive equipment, and the effectiveness and feasibility of the firing quality identification algorithm is verified by those data sets. At last, some conclusions are drawn in Section 4.
2. The Firing Quality Identification Methods of Explosive Device
When the semiconductor bridge explosive device is ignited, it quickly heats up, the dynamic impedance curve of the firing explosive device is nonlinear and stochastic, and the explosive time series is nonstationary. The traditional methods, such as the impedance method, Fourier transformation method, and wavelet transformation method, are not fitted properly with the nonstationary time series. However, HHT (Hilbert–Huang transform) is a nonstationary analysis method widely used in recent years, and HHT is mainly composed of EMD and Hilbert transform [16]. The complex explosive time series can be decomposed into IMF components and a residual component by EMD, and they are independent of the sampling frequency; every IMF characteristic value is only related to the time series itself. So, EMD is an adaptive signal analysis method. And, the local Hilbert energy characteristic value can be obtained by the Hilbert transform of IMF components and the residual component to reduce the dimension of classification algorithms.
SVM is trained based on the Hilbert energy characteristic value of IMFs and the residual component, and the trained SVM can be used on the intelligent explosive equipment to identify the firing quality of explosive devices online.
2.1. EMD
The original time series can be decomposed into IMF components by EMD, and every IMF has to satisfy two conditions [16]:(1)The number of extreme points is equal to the number of zero points, or their difference is 1(2)The average value of the envelopes, which is formed by the maximum and minimum, is 0
The basic EMD method is used in this paper, and for detailed steps, refer the literature [16]. The EMD result of the original time series x(t) iswhere x(t) is the original time series, c_{i}(t) is the ith IMF component, and r_{n}(t) is the residual component. When r_{n}(t) or c_{n}(t) is less than a constant value or r_{n}(t) is a monotonic function, the EMD stops.
2.2. Hilbert Transformation
Mutually orthogonal analytical signals can be obtained by the Hilbert transform of IMF components [17], and then the instantaneous amplitude and phase of each IMF are obtained. Hilbert transformation of IMF components is shown in the following equation:where is the convolution, t is the time, and τ is the integral variable.
Analytical form of the IMF component is shown in the following equation:where a(t) is an amplitude function and Φ(t) is a phase function.
Then, the ith energy characteristic value of the IMF component iswhere N is the number of IMF data points. At the same time, the energy characteristic value of the residual function is obtained by EMD and Hilbert transformation.
2.3. SVM
SVM is a commonly used classification algorithm in machine learning. The classification principle is shown in Figure 1; there are two samples in the figure, and they are represented by squares and circles, respectively. In the figure, H is the optimum classification line of two samples, H_{1} and H_{2}, which are parallel to the classification line H and pass through the sample closest to the classification line [18]. The goal of SVM is to construct the classification function H so that the classification interval of H_{1} and H_{2} is the largest.
SVM of this paper is a twoclass classification problem, and suppose that the training set of SVM is T = {x_{k}, y_{k}}, where k = 1, 2, 3,…, m, x_{k} ∈ R^{n}, and y_{k} = {−1,1}. And, the classification function iswhere is the weight vector and b is the threshold.
Considering that there may be a linear inseparable situation in reality, the relaxation variable ξ_{i} and the penalty factor C are introduced, so the SVM problem transforms a convex optimization problem, as shown in (6). The convex optimization problem can be transformed to solve the dual quadratic programming problem, and the detailed solving steps can be referenced from [18]:
2.4. The Firing Quality Identification Algorithm of Explosive Device Based on EMDSVM
In reality, explosive devices may be degradation or failure, when the explosive agent does not work. And, the explosive device of degradation can be used again by increasing the firing voltage, and the explosive device of failure cannot fire the explosive agent forever. So, the explosive device of degradation is still excellent performance, and the failure explosive device is still performance failure. The goal of the explosive device firing quality identification algorithm is to find whether there is a problem with the explosive device or other, and it is a twoclass classification problem.
Generally, semiconductor bridge explosive devices are fired by DC power supply or capacitor energy storage, and this paper only chooses the explosive current time series as the identification signal because the explosive voltage time series keeps almost constant or decreases and does not meet EMD requirement [19]. The firing quality identification algorithm of the semiconductor explosive device is shown in Figure 2. At first, the explosive current time series is obtained on site, normalized, and the IMF components and residual component are obtained by EMD; the explosive characteristic values can be obtained by Hilbert transformation to train SVM; and last of all, the trained SVM can be used to identify whether there is a problem with the explosive device or other. The detailed steps are as follows: Step 1: get the original explosive current time series, including the performance failure and excellent performance signal. Then, the performance of the fired explosive device can be obtained by ex post analysis of the experimenter. Moreover, the explosive current time series is normalized to get X(t). Step 2: EMD of X(t) and obtaining the IMF components and residual component. Step 3: the ith energy characteristic value Ei of IMF and the residual energy characteristic value ER of the residual component are obtained by Hilbert transformation, and Ei and ER are added to get E. Secondly, the energy characteristic vector is constructed as in (7), where M is the number of IMF components: Step 4: the explosive time series result yk = 1, if the performance of the semiconductor explosive device is ok. Otherwise, yk = −1. At last, the energy characteristic vector and yk are the training set of SVM, and SVM training is completed. Step 5: verifying the trained SVM by the test set.
3. Experiment Analyses
3.1. Explosive Firing Equipment
This paper takes the type of semiconductor bridge explosive devices with relatively complicated dynamic impedance as an example; these explosive devices are explosive bolts, their firing sustaining time is 100 ms, and their firing voltage is 12 V. Because the explosive devices have not been fully finalized, the failure probability of explosive devices is still high, when they detonate the explosive agent. The structure of the explosive equipment is shown in Figure 3, and it detonates semiconductor explosive devices by supercapacitor charging and discharging. The diodes of this explosive equipment are used to prevent each detonating branch affecting each other, the charging switches are used to charge the supercapacitors, the current limiting resistors are used to limit the charging current of super capacitors too large, and the ignition switches are used to fire the explosive devices. At the same time, the explosive equipment can obtain the explosive current and voltage of explosive devices. The internal diagram of the explosive equipment is shown in Figure 4, and the AD sample frequency is 10 MHz, and it can meanwhile fire 8 explosive devices.
3.2. Explosive Time Series
In the novelty explosive bolt test, if the explosive agent fires unsuccessfully, the explosive device may be used again. So, there are excellent performance and performance failure explosive devices. And, two explosive current and voltage time series of excellent performance and performance failure explosive devices are shown in Figure 5, and each explosive time series has 5000 sampling points. From Figure 5, the explosive voltage curves are basically unchanged; however, the explosive current curves show obvious difference, so the explosive current is chosen.
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From the explosive current curves, it can be seen that they are nonlinear and nonstationary signals. So, the traditional impedance method or Fourier method is not suitable for nonstationary signals, and the HHT method, which is composed of EMD and Hilbert transform, can effectively analyze the explosive current time series to reduce the nonlinear and nonstationary characteristics of explosive time series [20, 21].
3.3. EMD and Hilbert Transformation
Explosive current time series of excellent performance and performance failure explosive devices is normalized; moreover, the EMD results of the normalized explosive current time series are shown in Figure 6. The residual component amplitude of excellent performance explosive devices is larger than performance failure explosive devices. And, the amplitude of IMF components is obviously different between excellent performance and performance failure explosive devices. So, the IMF components and residual component can be used to identify whether the explosive device shows excellent performance or performance failure. Moreover, the Hilbert energy characteristic of IMFs and residual components can be obtained to reduce the input dimensions of classification algorithms [22, 23].
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The energy characteristic values of IMF components and the residual component are obtained by Hilbert transformation as shown in Table 1, and the energy characteristic values are different between IMF components and the residual component of excellent performance and performance failure devices. E2∼E7 and E_{R} are obviously different, and they can be used as input variables of classification algorithms.

3.4. Classification
In this paper, the energy characteristics of the IMFs and residual function are inputs of classification algorithms, and the SVM method is chosen as the classification algorithm to compare with KNN (Knear neighbor) and naive Bayes [19]. And, the relaxation variable ξi and the penalty factor C of SVM can be optimized by PSO (particle swarm optimization) [23] or other intelligent optimization algorithms [24, 25].
The manufacturer provides 200 explosive devices’ test data. There are 100 explosive devices with excellent performance and others are performance failure. This paper selects 50 sets of excellent performance signals and 50 sets of performance failure signals as the training set and others are the test set. The energy characteristics of the IMFs and residual function are inputs of the classification algorithm. And, the results of 3 classification algorithms are shown in Table 2. The accuracy rating of the proposed algorithm is larger than KNN and naive Bayes methods. F1score is commonly used in classification problems or an information retrieval system, and the detailed method of F1score is introduced in [26]. If the F1score is higher, the classification effect is better [26]. F1score of the proposed method is 0.9307, and it shows that the proposed methods can be effectively used in explosive device quality classification.

4. Conclusion
This paper proposes a firing quality identification algorithm to quickly identify whether there is a problem with explosive devices or other, to avoid onsite testers to personally check the failed firing explosive devices, and in order to keep them safe.
This semiconductor bridge electrical explosive device online firing quality identification algorithm decomposes the explosive current time series by EMD, obtains the energy characteristic values by Hilbert transformation of the IMF components and residual component, and in the end, the trained SVM is used to identify the firing quality of explosive devices. The identification results show the effectiveness and feasibility of the algorithm, and the firing identification algorithm can provide a basis for the evaluation of the firing quality of most electrical explosive devices, provide support for fault location of weapons and explosive systems, improvement of the storage environment of explosive devices, etc., and protect the safety of testers.
However, the SVM is linear, the identification results may not be accurate, and a deep learning algorithm is the future research direction.
Data Availability
The explosive voltage and current time series data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the Shaanxi Provincial Department of Education Natural Science Special Scientific Research Plan Project (17JK1069).
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