Mechanism for Determination of G-factors for Solid Freeform Fabrication Techniques Based on Large Heat Input

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Dwivedi, Rajeev
Zekovic, Srdja
Kovacevic, Radovan

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A major class of Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) methods for metal deposition are based on large heat input. The geometry and microstructural properties of the deposition depend primarily on the heat input and the subsequent distribution at the substrate. On one hand the insufficient heat may lead to the inadequate melting of the metal, on the other hand overheating and heat accumulation leads to the overmelting, resulting in the deformation of the build up geometry. The heat distribution is governed by the available heat sink . For a better control of the process, the estimation of heat sinks and the subsequent control of the energy input allows a better control of the process. A parameter G-factor that estimates the heat sink based on the local geometry of a part has been introduced. The estimation of G-factor is based on the simulation and the experimental results. Also a mechanism to determine the G-factor for various substrate geometries has been introduced.


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