Particle-based simulation of powder application in additive manufacturing

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Ribeiro Parteli EJ, Pöschel T
Journal: Powder Technology
Publication year: 2016
Volume: 288
Pages range: 96-102
ISSN: 0032-5910
eISSN: 1873-328X
Language: English


Abstract


The development of reliable strategies to optimize part production in additive manufacturing technologies hinges, to a large extent, on the quantitative understanding of the mechanical behavior of the powder particles during the application process. Since it is difficult to acquire this understanding based on experiments alone, a particle-based numerical tool for the simulation of powder application is required. In the present work, we develop such a numerical tool and apply it to investigate the characteristics of the powder layer deposited onto the part using a roller as the coating system. In our simulations, the complex geometric shapes of the powder particles are taken explicitly into account. Our results show that increasing the coating speed leads to an increase in the surface roughness of the powder bed, which is known to affect part quality. We also find that, surprisingly, powders with broader size distributions may lead to larger values of surface roughness as the smallest particles are most prone to form large agglomerates thus increasing the packing's porosity. Moreover, we find that the load on the part may vary over an order of magnitude during the coating process owing to the strong inhomogeneity of inter-particle forces in the granular packing. Our numerical tool can be used to assist - and partially replace - experimental investigations of the flowability and packing behavior of different powder systems as a function of material and process parameters.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Pöschel, Thorsten Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems
Ribeiro Parteli, Eric Josef Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems


Additional Organisation
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials


Research Fields

A3 Multiscale Modeling and Simulation
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials


How to cite

APA:
Ribeiro Parteli, E.J., & Pöschel, T. (2016). Particle-based simulation of powder application in additive manufacturing. Powder Technology, 288, 96-102. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2015.10.035

MLA:
Ribeiro Parteli, Eric Josef, and Thorsten Pöschel. "Particle-based simulation of powder application in additive manufacturing." Powder Technology 288 (2016): 96-102.

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