Extraction of Coupling Stiffness of Specimens Printed with Selective Laser Melting using Modal Analysis


Modal analysis is an affordable form of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for many forms of manufacturing. Developments in Additive Manufacturing (AM) have enabled the printing of sophisticated metal parts in processes like Selective Laser Melting (SLM). In most metallic AM processes fabrication is conducted on a build plate, which allows for convenient fixturing for model analysis. However, many build plate contain multiple parts that introduces the challenge of dynamic coupling where the dynamic characteristics of other specimens appear in the frequency analysis of the specimen that is being analyzed. The dynamic coupling can obscure the analysis, especially for prints with multiple identical parts. This work sets a foundation for a method to improve the modal analysis of multiple AM parts fabricated on a single build plate by estimating the coupling stiffness between two specimens with similar modal characteristics.

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36th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics (2018, Feb. 12-15, Orlando, FL)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Intelligent Systems Center


This work was funded by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies under Contract No. DE-NA0002839 with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Additive Manufacturing; Coupling; Laser Doppler Vibrometery; Modal Analysis; Selective Laser Melting

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Publication Date

01 Feb 2019