Functionally Graded Material (FGM) is often fabricated by Laser metal deposition with pre-mixed multiple powders (PMM-powder). Since the supplied PMM-powder directly affects FGM’s composition, investigation on PMM-powder’s property is greatly needed. This paper employed experimental method to observe an important problem: PMM-powder separation in fabricating FGM. A novel particle size optimization method was introduced as solution to eliminate the powder separation. Pre-mixed pure Cu and 4047 Al powders were used to do two experiments. The first experiment result disclosed the existence of powder separation. By optimizing the particle size, the PMM-powder separation was effectively solved in the second experiment result.
W. Li et al., "Effect of Optimizing Particle Size in Laser Metal Deposition with Blown Pre-Mixed Powders," Proceedings of the 28th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2017, Austin, TX), pp. 234-241, University of Texas at Austin, Aug 2017.
28th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium -- An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2017 (2017: Aug. 7-9, Austin, TX)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Intelligent Systems Center
Keywords and Phrases
Functionally Gradient Material; Pre-Mixed Multi-Powder; Laser metal deposition; Powder separation; Composition deviation
Article - Conference proceedings
09 Aug 2017