Linking process, structure, and property in additive manufacturing applications through advanced materials modelling

Wing Kam Liu, Puikei Cheng, Orion L. Kafka, Wei Xiong, Zeliang Liu, Wentao Yan, Jacob Smith

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Additive manufacturing (AM) processes have the ability to build complex geometries from a wide variety of materials. A popular approach for metal-based AM processes involves the deposition of material particles on a substrate followed by fusion of those particles together using a high intensity heat source, e.g.a laser or an electron beam, in order to fabricate a solid part. These methods are of high priority in engineering research, especially in applications for the energy, health, and defense sectors. The primary reasons behind the rapid growth in interest for AM include: (1) the ability to create complex geometries thatare otherwise cost-prohibitive or difficult to manufacture, (2) increased freedom of material composition design through the adjustment of the elemental ratios of the composing powders, (3) a reduction in wasted materials, and (4) fast, low-volume, production of prototypeand functional parts without the additional tooling and die requirements of conventional manufacturing methods. However, the highly localized and intense nature of these processes elicits many experimental and computational challenges. These challenges motivate a strong need for computational investigation, as does the need to more accurately characterize the response of parts built using AM. The present work will discuss these challenges and methods for creating multiscale material models that account forthe complex phenomena observed in additively manufacturedproducts. The linkage between process, structure, and property of AM components, e.g., anisotropic plastic behavior combined with anisotropic microstructural descriptors afforded through enhanced data compression techniques, will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computational Plasticity - Fundamentals and Applications, COMPLAS 2015
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9788494424465
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event13th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Sep 1 2015Sep 3 2015


Other13th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS 2015


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Anisotropic microstructure
  • Image-based plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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