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Quantifying Uncertainty in the Mechanical Performance of Additively Manufactured Parts Due to Material and Process Variation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0256
Agency Tracking Number: N16A-004-0129
Amount: $79,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16A-T004
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-01-31
Small Business Information
5123 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
United States
DUNS: 128193997
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Tryon
 (615) 372-0299
Business Contact
 Animesh Dey
Phone: (615) 372-0299
Research Institution
 University of Tennessee Knoxville
 Chad Duty
1512 Middle Drive 204A Dougherty Engineering Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

 (856) 974-8107
 Nonprofit College or University

The Phase I objective is a proof of concept capability integrating process information, material properties and damage tolerance simulations into the Additive Manufacturing (AM) design certification process. VEXTEC has a toolbox of software and methods that consists of various software modules in multiple formats that are used to assess the durability of parts processed by traditional methods of casting, forging, rolling, machining and welding. VEXTEC also developed software modules to determine the durability of sophisticated methods such as powder metallurgy, single crystal and various additive methods. University of Tennessee, our research partner, has performed extensive studies to identify the effect of processing attributes on additive manufacturing processing that will be addressed in the proposed software. Phase I will demonstrate a proof concept capability of the first order effects such as processing, geometry and microstructure. The architecture of the methodology to integrate the FEA and microstructural damage models will be developed. This method will be used to perform the durability analysis of an Electron Beam AM titanium specimens to show feasibility. VEXTEC/UT will work Aerojet Rocketdyne, our OEM partner, to determine the elements that need to be improved and additional elements required.

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