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Modelling and Simulation in Engineering
Volume 2011, Article ID 696947, 12 pages
Research Article

Type-2 Fuzzy Modeling for Acoustic Emission Signal in Precision Manufacturing

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, CP 6079, Succursale Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC, Canada H3C 3A7

Received 17 March 2011; Revised 6 June 2011; Accepted 20 June 2011

Academic Editor: Andrzej Dzielinski

Copyright © 2011 Qun Ren 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.


This paper presents an application of type-2 fuzzy logic on acoustic emission (AE) signal modeling in precision manufacturing. Type-2 fuzzy modeling is used to identify the AE signal in precision machining. It provides a simple way to arrive at a definite conclusion without understanding the exact physics of the machining process. Moreover, the interval set of the output from the type-2 fuzzy approach assesses the information about the uncertainty in the AE signal, which can be of great value for investigation of tool wear conditions. Experiments show that the development of the AE signal uncertainty trend corresponds to that of the tool wear. Information from the AE uncertainty scheme can be used to make decisions or investigate the tool condition so as to enhance the reliability of tool wear.