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Physics-based selection of SLM process parameters to mitigate defects and to control deposit microstructure, Phase I

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The research objectives of this proposal are to: (1) To adapt the thermal-fluid science procedures for the prediction of weld defects to the prediction and control of surface defects and melt pool instability during the deposition of single tracks in SLM and to control the as-deposited microstructure. (2) Utilize physics-based analysis to predict variability caused in the individual SLM track cross-section geometry due to the statistical distribution of powder particles sizes and the potential non-uniform placement of powder particles during recoating. This will also include performing statistical analysis of the variability and to develop a probabilistic model to calculate levels of confidence and exceedance for the size and type of potential defects as a function of the SLM process parameters. (3) Determine the thermal cycling during deposition and use it to predict solidification microstructure and solid state transformations during deposition; and (4) Demonstrate feasibility of the analytical procedures for alloy IN718. More »

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