Mining of Co-occurring Clusters for Damage Pattern Extraction of a Fuel Cell

Daiki Inaba, Ken ichi Fukui, Kazuhisa Sato, Junichirou Mizusaki, Masayuki Numao

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Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is an efficient generator and researched for practical use. However, one of the problems is the durability. In this study, we research the mechanical correlations among components of SOFC by analyzing the co-occurrence of acoustic emission (AE) events which are caused by damage. Then we proposed a novel method for mining patterns from the numerical data such as AE. The conventional method has possible problems when mining patterns from the numerical data. In the clustering, clusters may contain data which does not contribute a certain pattern, or may not contain data which contribute a pattern. On the other hand, the proposed method extracts patterns of two clusters considering co-occurrence between clusters and similarity within each cluster at the same time. In addition, the dendrogram obtained from hierarchical clustering is utilized for the reduction of search space. First, we evaluate the performance of proposed method with artificial data, and demonstrate that we can obtain appropriate clusters corresponding to patterns. Then, we apply the proposed method to AE data, and the damage patterns which represent the major mechanical correlations were extracted. We can acquire novel knowledge about damage mechanism of SOFC from the results. keywords: data mining, clustering, co-occurring pattern, damage evaluation, fuel cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalTransactions of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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