A Conditional Generative Model for Predicting Material Microstructures from Processing Methods

4 Oct 2019  ·  Akshay Iyer, Biswadip Dey, Arindam Dasgupta, Wei Chen, Amit Chakraborty ·

Microstructures of a material form the bridge linking processing conditions - which can be controlled, to the material property - which is the primary interest in engineering applications. Thus a critical task in material design is establishing the processing-structure relationship, which requires domain expertise and techniques that can model the high-dimensional material microstructure. This work proposes a deep learning based approach that models the processing-structure relationship as a conditional image synthesis problem. In particular, we develop an auxiliary classifier Wasserstein GAN with gradient penalty (ACWGAN-GP) to synthesize microstructures under a given processing condition. This approach is free of feature engineering, requires modest domain knowledge and is applicable to a wide range of material systems. We demonstrate this approach using the ultra high carbon steel (UHCS) database, where each microstructure is annotated with a label describing the cooling method it was subjected to. Our results show that ACWGAN-GP can synthesize high-quality multiphase microstructures for a given cooling method.

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