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Complex Sparse-Filled Mechanical Property Prediction Methods for Direct Digital Manufacturing

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David N. Kordonowy, Sydney A. Giblin

Aurora Flight Sciences, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. IMECE2013-65426, pp. V02AT02A014; 9 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Advanced Manufacturing
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5618-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper describes how direct digital manufacturing mechanical properties can be analytically estimated for structural use and the associated analytical and test methods used in the design and fabrication of airframes manufactured using additive manufacturing. Complex shape structures, which are now possible using additive manufacturing, and their associated mechanical properties can be predicted in order to allow operationally safe and highly predictive structures to be fabricated. Direct digital manufacturing allows for much greater flexibility and control over the design of airframes, leading to more structurally efficient and capable airframes. These advantages are revealed by application of direct digital manufacturing methods on a series of fixed wing subsonic transport concept wind tunnel scale models that are carried out as a part of the NASA N+3 program, which is paving the way for next generation aircraft that are highly fuel efficient, low-noise, and low-emission. Verification of these methods through test shows excellent correlation that provides reliability in complex sparse filled additive manufacturing design. The outcome of this is a knowledge base, which can then be applied to a system in operation. The combined potential of a flexible manufacturing system and proven predictive analysis tools shorten development time and expand the opportunities for mass customization. These combined benefits enable industry to fabricate affordable highly optimized custom products while concurrently reducing the cycle times required to field new products.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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