The software developed in this program would apply to a wide range of NASA applications, specifically for platforms that utilize components made of alloy 718 and the associated manufacturing supply chain that would aim to integrate additive manufacturing technologies. These include high temperature applications where strength, creep resistance, and cracking resistance in welds is of benefit. Specific components where additive manufacturing of 718 can bring value to the supply chain are rocket engine and turbine components such as disks, combustion chambers, bolts, casings, shafts, housings and fasteners. The significance of a software tool that can model the additive process and bring reliability to AM 718 parts is seen in the high level of structural integrity and performance required by flight- and mission-critical components.
Additive manufacturing processes are being integrated into the manufacturing pathways of a wide range of industries. Industries with high temperature applications where alloy 718 is used, and in which companies are either producing components with additive manufacturing or integrating additive processes, include the commercial space, aerospace, industrial and automotive industries. The commercial space industry applications would be identical to the NASA applications outlined in the previous section. For the aerospace industry, key applications focus on jet engine components including supporting structures, airfoils, blades, sheets, discs, rotating parts and other components that are either being built with additive processes or would be considered for additive with the knowledge gained from the proposed software technology under this program. Industrial applications include gas turbine components similar to those aforementioned.