Fatigue Life Prediction of Functionally Graded TPU and PLA Components Produced by Material Extrusion

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University of Texas at Austin


The objective of the present research is to examine the fatigue life estimation of functionally graded additive manufacturing (FGAM) components produced by the Material Extrusion (MEX). Current research studies demonstrate the potential of functionally graded materials (FGMs) in enhancing the mechanical properties of engineered structures. The raw materials employed for the experimentation of this study are a combination of Polylactic acid (PLA) and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). To predict fatigue life, several researchers have utilized various statistical approaches. In this investigation, an experimental study is conducted utilizing Tension-Tension (T-T) loading conditions and different stress levels (80, 60, 40, and 20% of Ultimate tensile strength), followed by the application of Basquin’s Model for fatigue life prediction. The results obtained indicate that the model may be utilized to predict fatigue response. Overall, the soft-hard material combinations with adaptable properties produced through FGAM have potential applications in dental and orthopedic fields.


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