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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 24, Number 6, December 2019 , pages 555-560

Prediction of rebound in shotcrete using deep bi-directional LSTM
Ahmet A. Suzen and Melda A. Cakiroglu

    During the application of shotcrete, a part of the concrete bounces back after hitting to the surface, the reinforcement or previously sprayed concrete. This rebound material is definitely not added to the mixture and considered as waste. In this study, a deep neural network model was developed to predict the rebound material during shotcrete application. The factors affecting rebound and the datasets of these parameters were obtained from previous experiments. The Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) architecture of the proposed deep neural network model was used in accordance with this data set. In the development of the proposed four-tier prediction model, the dataset was divided into 90% training and 10% test. The deep neural network was modeled with 11 dependents 1 independent data by determining the most appropriate hyper parameter values for prediction. Accuracy and error performance in success performance of LSTM model were evaluated over MSE and RMSE. A success of 93.2% was achieved at the end of training of the model and a success of 85.6% in the test. There was a difference of 7.6% between training and test. In the following stage, it is aimed to increase the success rate of the model by increasing the number of data in the data set with synthetic and experimental data. In addition, it is thought that prediction of the amount of rebound during dry-mix shotcrete application will provide economic gain as well as contributing to environmental protection.
Key Words
    deep neural network; LSTM; prediction; rebound; shotcrete
Ahmet A. Suzen: Department of Information Security Technology, Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Isparta 32050, Turkey
Melda A. Cakiroglu: Department of Construction Education, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta 32200, Turkey

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