Analysis of laser welding keyhole characteristics based on near-infrared high speed camera and X-ray sensing

GAO Xiang-dong1 LI Zhu-man1 YOU De-yong1 ZHANG Nan-feng1

(1.School of Electromechanical Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China 510006)

【Abstract】As the characteristic parameters of a multi-sensing keyhole reflect effectively the welding quality of high power lasers, this paper researches the extraction method of keyhole characteristic information and establishes a prediction model for welding formation. By taking a high-power disk laser to weld 304 austenitic stainless steel plates for an example, a near-infrared high-speed camera and an X-ray vision imaging system were used to capture the molten images in welding processing and to obtain the keyhole region by image processing. The invariant moment characteristics were extracted from near-infrared visual images by the moment method, meanwhile the keyhole area and ordinate value of the keyhole forefront were calculated as the characteristic parameters. Depth and entropy of the keyhole were extracted from X-ray visual images. In different laser powers, the keyhole characteristics were obtained and three BP (Back Propagation) neural network models were set up through feature fusion of all the characteristic parameters. The relationship between the keyhole formation, welding condition and welding state was explored and the on-line monitoring for welding process was implemented. Experimental results show that the average absolute value of relative errors between predictive and measured values of weld width and penetration are 0.18 mm and 0.57 mm, respectively through fusion analysis and principal component analysis on characteristic parameters of two sensors, and they have been reduced by about 0.03 mm and 0.31 mm as compared with that of a single sensor. The proposed method can be applied to monitoring high-power disk laser welding quality in real time.

【Keywords】 high-power disk laser welding; stainless steel plate; keyhole characteristic; weld forming prediction; feature fusion; near-infrared analysis; X-ray analysis;


【Funds】 Special Fund for Major Science and Technology Project of Guangdong Province (2014B090921008) Special Fund for Scientific Research of Guangzhou City (201510010089) Special Fund for Collaborative Innovation and Platform Environment Construction of Guangdong Province (2015B090901013) Special Fund for Science and Technology Development of Guangdong Province (2016A010102015) Special Fund for Science and Technology Innovation of Foshan City (2014AG10015)

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CN: 22-1198/TH

Vol 24, No. 10, Pages 2400-2407

October 2016


Article Outline


  • 1Introduction
  • 2Test device and working principle
  • 3 Extraction of keyhole image characteristics
  • 4Predication model of BP neural network
  • 5Conclusions
  • References