Spatial characteristics of nickel-titanium shape memory alloy fabricated by continuous directed energy deposition

Shiming Gao, Fei Weng, Ojo Philip Bodunde, Mian Qin, Wei Hsin Liao*, Ping Guo

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Abstract

Additive manufacturing has been adopted to process nickel‑titanium shape memory alloys due to its advantages of flexibility and minimal defects. The current layer-by-layer method is accompanied by a complex temperature history, which is not beneficial to the final characteristics of shape memory alloys. In this study, a continuous directed energy deposition method has been proposed to improve microstructure uniformity. The spatial characterization of nickel‑titanium shape memory alloy fabricated by continuous directed energy deposition is investigated to study the temperature history, phase constituent, microstructure, and mechanical properties. The results indicate that the fabricated specimen has a monotonic temperature history, relatively uniform phase distribution and microstructure morphology, as well as high compressive strength (2982 MPa–3105 MPa) and strain (37.7%–41.1%). The reported method is expected to lay the foundation for spatial control during the printing of functional structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-428
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Processes
Volume71
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Directed energy deposition
  • Nickel‑titanium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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