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Measuring the effects of a laser beam on melt pool fluctuation in arc additive manufacturing
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Product and Production Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2596-5303
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Product and Production Development. Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology, IWS, Dresden, Germany.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Product and Production Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3569-6795
2019 (English)In: Rapid prototyping journal, ISSN 1355-2546, E-ISSN 1758-7670, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 488-495Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The steadily growing popularity of additive manufacturing (AM) increases the demand for understanding fundamental behaviors of these processes. High-speed imaging (HSI) can be a useful tool to observe these behaviors, but many studies only present qualitative analysis. The purpose of this paper is to propose an algorithm-assisted method as an intermediate to rapidly quantify data from HSI. Here, the method is used to study melt pool surface profile movement in a cold metal transfer-based (CMT-based) AM process, and how it changes when the process is augmented with a laser beam.

Design/methodology/approach

Single-track wide walls are generated in multiple layers using only CMT, CMT with leading and with trailing laser beam while observing the processes using HSI. The studied features are manually traced in multiple HSI frames. Algorithms are then used for sorting measurement points and generating feature curves for easier comparison.

Findings

Using this method, it is found that the fluctuation of the melt surface in the chosen CMT AM process can be reduced by more than 35 per cent with the addition of a laser beam trailing behind the arc. This indicates that arc and laser can be a viable combination for AM.

Originality/value

The suggested quantification method was used successfully for the laser-arc hybrid process and can also be applied for studies of many other AM processes where HSI is implemented. This can help fortify and expand the understanding of many phenomena in AM that were previously too difficult to measure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 488-495
Keywords [en]
Melt flow, Cold metal transfer, High speed imaging, Material deposition, Quantifying results
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71688DOI: 10.1108/RPJ-01-2018-0033ISI: 000464998000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71688DiVA, id: diva2:1264717
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-04-23 (oliekm)

Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Phenomena in wire based multi-layer laser welding and hybrid deposition
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Phenomena in wire based multi-layer laser welding and hybrid deposition
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Fenomen i trådbaserad, flerskiktad lasersvetsning och hybriddeposition
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2019
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74543 (URN)978-91-7790-407-6 (ISBN)978-91-7790-408-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-10-23, E632, Luleå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved

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