Manufacturing of a Heterogeneous Flywheel on a LENS Apparatus

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2001
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Morvan, Stephane
Fadel, Georges
Love, James
Keicher, Dave
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The design of a 1D gradient component satisfying a particular set of constraints is extended to its manufacturing on a multi-material capable apparatus. The geometry and composition of this flywheel were designed to meet a bi-objective optimum featuring maximum kinetic energy storage and minimal maximum von-Mises stress along its radius. The efforts expanded during the transformation of this design from a computer abstraction into a tangible object are presented. The process-planning step of the manufacturing of this heterogeneous solid, which was dependent on the specifics of a LENS-based Apparatus, required a different approach than that of traditional solids, and proved critical during fabrication.

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