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Innovative Approach to Rapidly Qualify Ti-6Al-4V Metallic Aircraft Parts Manufactured by Additive Manufacturing (AM) Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-15-C-0211
Agency Tracking Number: N151-012-0296
Amount: $149,650.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N151-012
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-06
Small Business Information
1794 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT 84089
United States
DUNS: 035206915
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Deepankar Pal
 (317) 421-7168
Business Contact
 Jon Ginn
Title: Materials Engineer
Phone: (435) 799-4497
Research Institution

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is of increasing interest for production of Naval aircraft components. The geometric complexity, mechanical properties, and cost competitiveness for small lot production make AM techniques particularly suited for Ti-6Al-4V aircraft applications. However, microstructural and material property variability issues inherent to AM make rapid qualification of metal AM parts difficult. 3DSIM has significant experience with thermal modeling of metal laser sintering of Ti64, including prediction of Ti64 phases and phase transitions. These models have been validated experimentally over several years of research at the University of Louisville. To fully predict microstructural evolution in Ti64, accurate prediction of the initial crystal microstructure and subsequent solid state phase transitions is required. However, accurate prediction of initial microstructure is difficult to validate using Ti64 due to solid state phase transformations. To address Phase I objectives, 3DSIM proposes to: develop algorithms which predict microstructural characteristics, including phase evolution, grain size and grain orientation, from metal AM thermal histories; conduct validation of the predicted microstructural characteristics by comparison with as-built microstructures for metal laser sintered CoCrMoC parts; and conduct validation of the predicted microstructural characteristics by comparison with as-built microstructures for LENS-deposited Ti64 parts.

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