A Non-Empirical Predictive Model for Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures (2016-18)
The goal of this project, supported by America Makes, is to develop physics-based, predictive models for the elastic modulus and yield strength of lattice structures, that are shape-independent. Our modeling methodology is to deconstruct lattice structures into Representative Lattice Elements (RLE) which include two key elements: the connecting beams/walls, and the junction that these meet at. We use a combination of analytical methods (beam theory), experimental characterization and simulation to validate our modeling methodology.
Metal Additive Manufacturing of Landing Gear Components (2018)
The goal of this project, supported by a DOD SBIR Phase I grant, is to identify candidate landing gear components for the Air Force, and assess metal AM as a method of manufacturing for these parts across three different metal alloys. As part of a larger collaborative effort with two small businesses, our group is responsible for mechanical testing and characterization of the 3D printed alloys.
Low Cycle Fatigue Modeling of Additively Manufactured Metallic Lattice Materials (2017-18)
This project, supported as an industry sponsored eProject effort, is seeking to develop and validate models that can predict Low Cycle Fatigue life in Metal Lattices made with the Laser Powder Bed Fusion process. The work involves manufacturing of the lattices, followed by experimental characterization, the results of which are used to develop and validate analytical and Finite Element models.
Additive Manufacturing and Mechanical Behavior of Composite Honeycomb Structures (2017-18)
This project, supported by the Barrett Honors College, is looking at manufacturing and modeling honeycombs made of two materials. Specifically, we are looking at 3D printing honeycombs with the MarkForged 3D Printer with a Nylon-chopped carbon fiber composite combined with continuous carbon fiber. We are also developing a predictive model for the stiffness and failure response of such structures.
A Framework for the Biomimetic Design of Lattice Materials (2017)
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