A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig7
Mohamad Bayat Venkata K. Nadimpalli David B. Pedersen Jesper H. Hattel
Department of mechanical engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Building 425, 2800 Kgs., Lyngby, Denmark

Received 21 August 2020, Revised 18 November 2020, Accepted 25 November 2020, Available online 15 December 2020.

Abstract

Several different interfacial forces affect the free surface of liquid metals during metal additive manufacturing processes. One of these is thermo-capillarity or the so-called Marangoni effect. In this work, a novel framework is introduced for unraveling the effects of thermo-capillarity on the melt pool morphology/size and its thermo-fluid conditions during the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) process. In this respect, a multi-physics numerical model is developed based on the commercial software package Flow-3D. The model is verified and validated via mesh-independency analysis and by comparison of the predicted melt pool profile with those from lab-scale single-track experiments. Two sets of parametric studies are carried out to find the role of both positive and inverse thermo-capillarity on the melt pool shape and its thermal and fluid dynamics conditions. The thermo-fluid conditions of the melt pool are further investigated using appropriate dimensionless numbers. The results show that for the higher Marangoni number cases, the melt pool temperature drops, and at the same time, the temperature field becomes more uniform. Also, it is shown that at higher Marangoni numbers, temperature gradients decrease, thus reducing the role of conduction in the heat transfer from the melt pool. Furthermore, for the first time, a novel methodology is introduced for the calculation of the melt pool’s average Nusselt number. The average Nusselt numbers calculated for the positive and inverse thermo-capillarity are then used for finding the effective liquid conductivity required for a computationally cheaper pure heat conduction simulation. The results show that the deviation between the average melt pool temperature, using the pure conduction model with effective conductivity, and the one obtained from the advanced fluid dynamics model is less than 2%.

Keywords

Thermo-capillarity, Melt pool, Heat and fluid flow, Numerical model, L-PBF

Korea Abstract

금속 적층 제조 공정 중 액체 금속의 자유 표면에 여러 가지 다른 계면력이 영향을 미칩니다. 이들 중 하나는 열 모세관 또는 소위 Marangoni 효과입니다.

이 작업에서는 L-PBF (Laser Powder Bed Fusion) 공정 중 용융 풀 형태 / 크기 및 열 유동 조건에 대한 열 모세관의 영향을 밝히기 위한 새로운 프레임워크가 도입되었습니다.

이러한 점에서 상용 소프트웨어 패키지 Flow-3D를 기반으로 다중 물리 수치 모델이 개발되었습니다. 모델은 메쉬 독립 분석을 통해 그리고 예측 된 용융 풀 프로필을 실험실 규모의 단일 트랙 실험에서 얻은 프로필과 비교하여 검증 및 검증됩니다.

용융 풀 모양과 열 및 유체 역학 조건에 대한 양 및 역 열 모세관의 역할을 찾기 위해 두 세트의 매개 변수 연구가 수행됩니다. 용융 풀의 열 유동 조건은 적절한 무 차원 숫자를 사용하여 추가로 조사됩니다.

결과는 Marangoni 수가 더 높은 경우 용융 풀 온도가 떨어지고 동시에 온도 필드가 더 균일 해짐을 보여줍니다. 또한 Marangoni 수가 높을수록 온도 구배가 감소하여 용융 풀에서 열 전달에서 전도의 역할이 감소하는 것으로 나타났습니다.

또한 용융 풀의 평균 Nusselt 수를 계산하기위한 새로운 방법론이 처음으로 도입되었습니다. 그런 다음 양수 및 역 열 모세관에 대해 계산 된 평균 Nusselt 수는 계산적으로 더 저렴한 순수 열 전도 시뮬레이션에 필요한 효과적인 액체 전도도를 찾는 데 사용됩니다. 결과는 유효 전도도가 있는 순수 전도 모델을 사용한 평균 용융 풀 온도와 고급 유체 역학 모델에서 얻은 편차가 2 % 미만임을 보여줍니다.

A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig1
A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig1
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig2
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig5
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig6
A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig7
A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig7
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig8
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig9
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig10
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A fundamental investigation of thermo-capillarity in laser powder bed fusion of metals and alloys Fig11