Virtual Additive Manufacturing
Numerical simulation of additive manufacturing (AM) processes based on electron or laser beam melting of metals. Outcome: full-scale computer simulation tool for powder bed fusion.
1 Convergence analysis of Material Point Method (MPM)
2 Linear FE-MPM parallel implementation.
3 Interfacing with real 3D-printing geometries (CAD/STL) and scans (G-code).
4 Implementation of VEM for transient elastic problem.
5 Combine MPM with VEM on given locally refined mesh, including local time-stepping.
6 A posteriori error analysis and adaptivity for efficient resolution of practical test cases.
A major challenge with AM is poor repeatability of mechanical properties. Computer simulations offer a framework for investigating such problem, as opposed to an expensive trial and error experimentation. However, classical FE analysis is ill-suited as parts may experience sophisticated topology and due to multi-scale nature of the problem.
The development of a realistic and efficient AM direct is thus crucial in view of making 3D printing based on AM a viable industrial paradigm.
|Host Institution||University of Leicester|
|1st Supervisor||Dr Andrea Cangiani|
|2nd Supervisor||Prof Jingzhe Pan|