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Numerical Modeling of Metal-Based Additive Manufacturing Process Using Level Set Methods

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Qian Ye

Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, 11790, USA
qian.ye@stonybrook.edu

Shikui Chen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, 11790, USA
shikui.chen@stonybrook.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036290 History: Received November 30, 2016; Revised February 09, 2017

Abstract

Modern computer technology empowers people to simulate additive manufacturing (AM) process at high fidelity, which has turned out to be a valid way to evaluate, anticipate, and design the AM processes. In this paper, we propose a new method to simulate the melting process of metal powder based AM. The physics is described using partial differential equations for heat transfer and Laminar flow. The level set methods are applied to track the motion of free surfaces between liquid and solid phases. The issues, including free surface evolution, phase transitions, and velocity field calculation are explored. The convergence problem is examined to improve the efficiency in solving this multiphysics problem.

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