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Title: A knowledge-based intelligent system for surface texture (virtual surf)
Author: Wang, Yan
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2008
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The presented thesis documents the investigation and development of the mathematical foundations for a novel knowledge-based system for surface texture (VitualSurf system). This is the first time that this type of novel knowledge-based system has been tried on surface texture knowledge. It is important to realize that surface texture knowledge, based on new generation Geometrical Product Specification (GPS) system, are considered to be too theoretical, abstract, complex and over-elaborate. Also it is not easy for industry to understand and implement them efficiently in a short time. The VirtualSurf has been developed to link surface function, specification through manufacture and verification, and provide a universal platform for engineers in industry, making it easier for them to understand and use the latest surface texture knowledge. The intelligent knowledge-base should be capable of incorporating knowledge from multiple sources (standards, books, experts, etc), adding new knowledge from these sources and still remain a coherent reliable system. In this research, an object-relationship data model is developed to represent surface texture knowledge. The object-relationship data model generalises the relational and object orientated data models. It has both the flexibility of structures for entities and also good mathematical foundations, based on category theory, that ensures the knowledge-base remains a coherent and reliable system as new knowledge is added. This prototype system leaves much potential for further work. Based on the framework and data models developed in this thesis, the system will be developed into implemental software, either acting as a good training tool for new and less experienced engineers or further connecting with other analysis software, CAD software (design), surface instrument software (measurement) etc, and finally applied in production industries.
Supervisor: Jiang, Xiang Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: T Technology (General) ; QA76 Computer software