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Dec 8 – 10, 2020 Online only
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On the Determination of Residual Stresses in AM Lattice Structures

Dec 8, 2020, 1:40 PM
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Talk UM: Materials Science MLZ Users 2020 - Materials Science


Dr Tobias Fritsch (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung)


The determination of residual stresses becomes more complicated with increasing complexity of the structures investigated. Unlike most of the fabrication techniques, laser powder bed fusion allows the production of lattice structures without any additional manufacturing step. These lattice structures consist of thin struts and are thus susceptible to internal stress-induced deformation. In the best case, internal stresses remain in the structures as residual stress. The determination of the residual stress in lattice structures through non-destructive neutron diffraction is described in this work. In the case of lattice structures, we show how to overcome two formidable difficulties: a) the proper alignment of the filigree structures within the neutron beam; b) the proper determination of the RS field in a representative part of the structure. The magnitude and the direction of residual stress are discussed. The residual stress in the strut was found to be uniaxial and to follow the orientation of the strut, while the residual stress in the knots is more hydrostatic. We show that strain measurements in at least seven independent directions are necessary for the estimation of the principal stress directions. The measurement directions should be chosen according to sample geometry and an informed choice on the possible strain field. Indeed, we finally show that if the most prominent direction is not measured, the error in the calculated stress magnitude increases considerably.

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Dr Tobias Fritsch (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung)


Maximilian Sprengel (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) Alexander Evans (BAM) Mrs Lena Farahbod-Sternahl (Siemens AG) Mr Romeo Saliwan-Neumann (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) Michael Hofmann Prof. Giovanni Bruno (BAM)

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