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Prediction of giant magneto-impedance effect in amorphous glass-coated micro-wires using artificial neural network

Journal of Inequalities and Applications20132013:216

Received: 31 January 2013

Accepted: 19 April 2013

Published: 30 April 2013


This paper deals with a prediction of a giant magneto-impedance (GMI) effect on amorphous micro-wires using an artificial neural network (ANN). The prediction model has three hidden layers with fifteen neurons and full connectivity between them. The ANN model is used to predict the GMI effect for Co70.3Fe3.7B10Si13Cr3 glass-coated micro-wire. The results show that the ANN model has a 98.99% correlation with experimental data.


giant magneto-impedance effect amorphous micro-wires modeling artificial neural network


The origin of the GMI effect is attributed to a combination of the skin effect and magnetic domain behavior in soft ferromagnetic material. The GMI ratios have been calculated as
Δ Z Z % = Z ( H ) Z ( H max ) Z ( H max ) x 100 ,

where Δ Z Z , Z ( H ) and Z ( H max ) are the GMI ratio, magneto impedance at magnetic field H, and magneto impedance at maximum magnetic field, respectively. The discovery of the giant magneto-impedance (GMI) effect in soft ferromagnetic amorphous micro-wires makes them very attractive candidate material for making high-performance magnetic sensors [16]. The use of such micro-wires could also have implications for the next generation of electronic devices, which will involve increasingly smaller components [79]. The GMI effect is termed the giant variation of impedance of a ferromagnetic conductor with an ac current in an applied dc magnetic field [10, 11].

Artificial neural networks are increasingly becoming useful in prediction of magnetic performance in electromagnetic devices. The ANN operates like a human brain. ANNs have been applied in many areas (such as electronics, forecasting, banking and aerospace) because of these features. The available ANN software today provides many neural network architectures and learning algorithms, and it also helps users to apply ANN to their specific problems easily [12, 13].

In this investigation, the GMI effects are modeled using self-organizing feature map (SOFM) and previous experimental data [11] of Co70.3Fe3.7B10Si13Cr3 amorphous glass-coated micro-wire.

Experimental procedure

Kohonen neural network

The ideas of self-organizing feature map (SOFM) are rooted in competitive learning networks. The SOFM transforms the input of an arbitrary dimension into a one- or two-dimensional discrete map subject to a topological (neighborhood-preserving) constraint. The feature maps are computed using Kohonen unsupervised learning. The output of the SOFM can be used as the input to a supervised classification neural network [14].

ANN model for glass-coated amorphous micro-wire

The experimental data used in this work were collected in research by Qin [11]. The developed neural network, which has three input neurons, one output neuron, three hidden layers, seven, four and four neurons of hidden layers and full connectivity between neurons is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1

Architecture of ANNs.

The input parameters were magnetizing field ( H ) , wire length ( l ) and frequency ( f ) . A total of 1,200 input vectors obtained from varied samples [11] were available in the training data. The number of hidden layers and neurons in each layer were determined through trial and error to be optimal including different transfer functions such as hyperbolic tangent, sigmoid and hybrid. After the network was trained, a better result was obtained from the network formed by the hyperbolic tangent transfer function in the hidden and output layers. The number of epochs was 106 for training.

Results and discussion

The Co70.3Fe3.7B10Si13Cr3 amorphous glass-coated micro-wires [11] have been used for the experimental confirmation of the proposed model. The agreement between the experimental observations and the network output (predictions) for training is shown in Figure 2. As shown in Figure 2, the values obtained through the training of the ANN model are very close to experimental results, indicating a strong correlation between the input and output parameters of the ANN model. The statistical value of R2 found from ANN training is 0.994.
Figure 2

Network outputs plotted against the experimental observations.

Figure 3 shows the variation of the GMI curves obtained from the neural network model and the experimental data. The GMI values achieved from the proposed model are in 99% agreement with the experimental GMI values. The variation of the GMI curves for untrained data given in Figure 4 and Table 1 also shows a good correlation between measured and predicted results.
Figure 3

The variation of predicted and measured GMI values.

Figure 4

The variation of predicted and measured values for Co 70.3 Fe 3.7 B 10 Si 13 Cr 3 amorphous glass-coated micro-wires at 1, 2, 4 and 10 MHz.

Table 1

Comparison of predicted and measured GMI% values

Wire length-frequency

Max GMI% (measured)

Max GMI% (predicted)

10 mm-1 MHz



10 mm-2 MHz



10 mm-4 MHz



10 mm-10 MHz



All statistical values prove that the proposed ANN model is suitable to predict the GMI values very close to the experimental results.


The proposed model developed from experimental data obtained previously can be used to predict more easily the GMI curves for Co70.3Fe3.7B10Si13Cr3 amorphous glass-coated micro-wires (5, 10 and 15 mm length) at 1, 2, 4 and 10 MHz. According to the results obtained from modeling a neural network, the neural network with the architecture of the ANN method is suitable for predicting the GMI values of Co-based amorphous glass-covered micro-wire. The overall prediction error is about 1% compared with the measured GMI values.



Dedicated to Professor Hari M Srivastava.

Authors’ Affiliations

Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Uludag University


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