Experimental investigation on shear strength of laser powder bed fusion AlSi10Mg under quasi-static and dynamic loads

Ben Amir, Eytan Kochavi, Shimon Gruntman, Yuval Gale, Shmuel Samuha, Oren Sadot

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Abstract

This study deals with additive manufacturing (AM) products. Employing AM technology, complex-shaped, and lightweight parts can be fabricated using the aluminum alloy, AlSi10Mg. Typically, AM of this alloy is performed by laser powder bed fusion (LPBF). The mechanical properties of LPBF products are crucial for many engineering applications. Therefore, there have been efforts to measure the dynamic and quasi-static properties of such products. However, both the dynamic and quasi-static shear behaviors of this alloy are yet to be investigated. The present study is focused on experimentally investigating the shear behavior of LPBF AlSi10Mg. Quasi-static shear tests were performed according to the ASTM B565 protocol, whereas dynamic shear tests were conducted using a
standard split Hopkinson pressure bar equipped with an innovative sample holder that generates pure shear in a sample. The results of the performed tests showed that as the shear load rate increased, the shear strength considerably increased. In addition, in the quasi-static regime, the shear strength was practically independent of the product build direction. In contrast, under the dynamic shear conditions, samples built horizontally failed at a shear strength approximately 10% lower than that of those manufactured vertically. To investigate the build
orientation effect on the shear behavior, this study conducted extensive microstructural characterization along with fracture analysis. Crack nucleation and propagation were analyzed in view of the effects of the unique
microstructural characteristics of the LPBF AlSi10Mg, including the morphologies of the melt pool boundaries. The results obtained in this study suggested that for engineering applications in which dynamic loads are expected, the build orientation of AlSi10Mg parts produced using LPBF technology must be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102150
JournalAdditive Manufacturing
Volume46
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • AlSi10Mg
  • Dynamic shear
  • Laser powder bed fusion
  • Shear strength
  • Split Hopkinson pressure bar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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