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Fracture toughness of L-PBF fabricated aluminium-silicon: a quantitative study on the role of crack growth direction with respect to layering

  • Laser powder bed fusion has become one of the major techniques within metal additive manufacturing, especially when delicate structures and high geometric accuracy are concerned. Lately, the awareness of the material-specific macroscopic anisotropy has risen and led to widespread investigations on the static mechanical strength. However, little is known about the fracture behavior of the layer-wise fabricated metal components and their affinity of crack propagation between consecutive layers, which is particularly important for aluminium–silicon alloys containing embrittled zones in double-irradiated areas. A recent study indicated that there is a significant drop in fracture toughness in case the crack growth direction is parallel to the layering. To investigate this matter further and to shed light on the fracture toughness behavior in the range of a 0°–45° angle offset between the crack growth direction relative to the layering, notched samples with varying polar angles were subjected to mode I fracture toughness testing. Our results indicate that the fracture toughness is an almost-stable characteristic up to a mismatch of about 20° between the crack propagation path and the layering, at which point the fracture toughness decreases by up to 10%.

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Author:L. Hitzler, E. Sert, E. Schuch, A. Öchsner, M Merkel, B. Heine, E. Werner
Parent Title (English):Progress in Additive Manufacturing
Place of publication:Cham
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2020
Release Date:2021/01/07
First Page:259
Last Page:266
Open Access?:nur im Hochschulnetz
Relevance:Peer reviewed nach anderen Listungen (mit Nachweis zum Peer Review Verfahren)
Licence (German):License LogoVeröffentlichungsvertrag ohne Print-on-Demand