Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation of Selective Laser Sintering Manufacturing Processes

Rishi Ganeriwala, Tarek I. Zohdi
2014 Procedia CIRP  
A significant percentage of materials used in industry start in particulate form. In many modern applications, these systems undergo processing which necessitate a multiphysical analysis. Several manufacturing applications have arisen that involve the multiphysical response of particulate systems in the presence of strongly coupled electromagnetic, optical, and thermal fields. The significant multifield coupling requires methods that can capture the unique and essential physics of these
more » ... Specifically, in this work, the modeling and simulation of selective laser sintering of particulate materials is discussed. Such processes involve harnessing optical energy to heat and fuse powdered materials together in an additive process. Selective laser sintering allows for the rapid manufacturing or prototyping of parts with complex geometries. In order to simulate such a process in a rapid manner, the approach pursued by the authors is to develop a computational tool by assembling relatively simple, physically meaningful, models at the small scale, for many interacting particles. This allows for much more refined estimates of the resulting overall system temperature and, ultimately, its change of phase from a solid, to a liquid, and possibly even to a gas. Large-scale three-dimensional examples are provided.
doi:10.1016/j.procir.2014.03.015 fatcat:xz343bma2repzn2jlofrk5r6ku