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Compliant flexural behaviour in laser sintered nylon structures: Experimental test and Finite Element Analysis - correlation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Javier Munguia ValenzuelaORCiD, Stephen Akande, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno


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The aim of this paper is to present a simple and easily tuneable method of creating compact structures with gradient flexural properties using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The method makes use of a sine-wave ridged pattern commonly found in nature which produces a compliant bending pattern along various directions defined by the reference axes. These patterns have been adopted due to the ease with which it is possible to parametrically control the height, width, pitch and thickness of the designed structure. A series of 3-point bending tests and finite element analyses of flat and ridged specimens have been performed in order to obtain more appropriate material definition for the inclusion of such patterns into more complex structures. Results show that a parametrically defined ridged pattern has the ability to induce passive bending behaviour on structures. Differences in bending stiffness between 20% and 50% were observed for the directions parallel and perpendicular to the ridged pattern lines and a capacity to redistribute stresses across the bending specimen was highly dependent on the ridged pattern direction. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Munguia J, Akande S, Dalgarno KW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Materials & Design

Year: 2014

Volume: 54

Pages: 652-659

Print publication date: 30/08/2013

ISSN (print): 0261-3069

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4197

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2013.08.088


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NMP2-SE-2009-228893European Commission