Physics-guided machine learning for multifactor fatigue analysis and uncertainty quantification

Jie Chen, Yongming Liu

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The Probabilistic Physics-guided Neural Network (PPgNN) model is proposed for multifactor fatigue data analysis with uncertainty quantification. The proposed PPgNN avoids the limitations of the commonly used physics-based regression models and the classical neural network methods. Compared with regression models, it is more convenient to incorporate the effect of fatigue influencing factors other than stress level, which benefits the multi-factor fatigue analysis. Improvements can be achieved to avoid overfitting and extrapolation issue commonly occurring in the classical neural network by guiding the machine learning process with known physics knowledge. This is accomplished by a constrained optimization process and proper neural network architecture design. With the proposed machine learning method, both the mean and variance variation can be estimated from the data, which enables uncertainty quantification. The PPgNN is validated using the experimental data. Probabilistic S-N curved are produced using the proposed method. To illustrate the impact of the physics guidance on the machine learning process, the results from the classical neural network without physics guidance and PPgNN are compared. The proposed Probabilistic Physics-guided Neural Network is shown to generate both accurate and physically consistent results. By reconstruction the network architecture, this method is not restricted to fatigue data and has the potential for the analysis of other types of data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781624106095
StatePublished - 2021
EventAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jan 11 2021Jan 15 2021

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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