Ensuring the quality of components produced by metal additive manufacturing using laser generated ultrasound

Everton, Sarah (2018) Ensuring the quality of components produced by metal additive manufacturing using laser generated ultrasound. EngD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Laser powder bed fusion offers many advantages over conventional manufacturing methods, such as the integration of multiple parts which can result in significant weight-savings. The increased design freedom that layer-wise manufacture allows has also been seen to enhance component performance at little or no added cost. However, for such benefits to be realised, the material quality must first be assured.

Laser ultrasonic testing is a non-contact inspection technique which has been proposed as suitable for in-situ monitoring of metal additive manufacturing processes. The thesis presented here explores the current capability of this technique to detect manufactured, seeded and process generated sub-surface “defects” in Ti6Al4V samples, ex-situ. The results are compared with X-ray computed tomography reconstructions, focus variation microscopy and destructive testing.

Whilst laser ultrasound has been used to successfully identify a range of material discontinuities, further work is required before this technique could be implemented in-situ.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (EngD)
Supervisors: Dickens, Phill
Tuck, Chris
Keywords: Additive manufacturing; Laser powder bed fusion; Material discontinuities; Laser generated ultrasound; Non-destructive testing
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering
Item ID: 51651
Depositing User: Everton, Sarah
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 04:41
Last Modified: 08 May 2020 08:15
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51651

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