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Hot-Wire Laser-Directed Energy Deposition: Process Characteristics and Benefits of Resistive Pre-Heating of the Feedstock Wire
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2527-1048
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing. (PTW)
GKN Aerospace Sweden AB,Trollhättan, Sweden.
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. Procada AB, Trollhättan. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2824-0271
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2021 (English)In: Metals, ISSN 2075-4701, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 1-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the influence of resistive pre-heating of the feedstock wire (here called hot-wire) on the stability of laser-directed energy deposition of Duplex stainless steel. Data acquired online during depositions as well as metallographic investigations revealed the process characteristic and its stability window. The online data, such as electrical signals in the pre-heating circuit and images captured from side-view of the process interaction zone gave insight on the metal transfer between the molten wire and the melt pool. The results show that the characteristics of the process, like laser-wire and wire-melt pool interaction, vary depending on the level of the wire pre-heating. In addition, application of two independent energy sources, laser beam and electrical power, allows fine-tuning of the heat input and increases penetration depth, with little influence on the height and width of the beads. This allows for better process stability as well as elimination of lack of fusion defects. Electrical signals measured in the hot-wire circuit indicate the process stability such that the resistive pre-heating can be used for in-process monitoring. The conclusion is that the resistive pre-heating gives additional means for controlling the stability and the heat input of the laser-directed energy deposition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2021. Vol. 11, no 4, p. 1-25
Keywords [en]
laser-directed energy deposition with wire, laser–metal deposition with wire, hot-wire, resistive pre-heating, in-process monitoring
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-16428DOI: 10.3390/met11040634ISI: 000643283500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85104042477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-16428DiVA, id: diva2:1544186
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Vinnova, 2019-02752
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Finansiärer:Stiftelsen för Kunskaps- och KompetensutvecklingProjektnummer: 20160281, 20170060

Available from: 2021-04-14 Created: 2021-04-14 Last updated: 2023-10-26
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1. Towards multi-sensor monitoringand control of Directed Energy Deposition using a Laser Beam
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards multi-sensor monitoringand control of Directed Energy Deposition using a Laser Beam
2023 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Under senare år har omfattande insatser gjorts för att främja mer hållbara flygtransporter i Europa. De konventionella tillverkningsmetoderna som används inom flyg- och rymdindustrin kräver betydande mängder råmaterial, vars utvinning, bearbetning och användning har negativa miljöeffekter. Därför finns det ett starkt incitament att utveckla nya, mer material-effektiva tillverkningsmetoder.

Additiv tillverkning (AM), även känd som 3D-printining, har fördelen att direkt komma nära den slutliga formen på strukturer genom att lägga till material endast där det behövs, något som minimerar spill och förbättrar materialanvändningen. Dock utgör införandet av AM komponenter i säkerhetskritiska flyg- och rymdtillämpningar en betydande utmaning på grund av komplexiteten hos processerna. Denna komplexitet kan leda till tillverkningsvariationer som i sin tur kan resultera i defekter i de tillverkade strukturerna. Därför är framsteg inom automation genom utvecklingen av lösningar för övervakning och styrning under processens gång ett nödvändigt steg för att uppnå tillräcklig pålitlighet och repeterbarhet.

Denna avhandling presenterar en utveckling av multisensorövervakning och styrning av Directed Energy Deposition (DED) med en laservärmekälla (LB). DED-LB är en avancerad teknik som möjliggör tillverkning av storskaliga metallkomponenter nära den slutliga formen. I detta arbete har lösningar undersökts för övervakning av DED-LB med tillsatspulver och tråd. För fallet med tillsatstråd kan denna kompletteras med resistiv förvärmning (så kallad hotwire), vilket ger möjlighet att ytterligare finjustera värmetillförseln och förbättra smältprocessen. För övervakningsändamål undersöktes tre olika in-situtekniker för processens stabilitet och varians. Maskinseende och elektriska givare användes för DED-LB med tillsatstråd (DED-LB/w), medan optisk spektroskopi användes för övervakning både av processen med tillsatspulver (DEDLB/p) samt med tråd. Ett multisensorsystem baserat på de tre teknologierna testades för DED-LB/w. Det kamerabaserade systemet gav tydliga indikationer på avvikelser från nominella processförhållanden.

Spännings-och strömgivarnas signaler korrelerade med förändringar i processparametrar och återspeglade tydligt metallöverföringen. Spektrometersystemet indikerade förändringar relaterade till värmeöverföringen. Dessutom möjliggjorde analysen av erhållna spektra en detektering av förluster av viktiga legeringselement under DED-LB/p.

Slutsatsen från resultaten understryker behovet av multisensorövervakning, eftersom det inte bara möjliggör detektering och skattning av processförändringar utan även en bättre förståelse av deras grundorsaker. Den presenterade ansatsen är ett viktigt bidrag i utvecklingen av ett framtida robust och feltolerant automatiskt styrsystem.

Abstract [en]

In recent years, an extensive effort has been made to leap European aviation towards more sustainable transportation. Conventional manufacturing methods used in aerospace industry require significant amounts of raw materials, whose extraction, processing, and utilization have adverse environmental impacts. Thus, there is a strong motivation to develop novel, more material efficient fabrication methods. Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D-printing, offers the advantage of manufacturing near-net-shape structures by adding material only where it is needed, minimizing waste, and improving material efficiency. However, introducing AM fabricated structures as components in safety-critical aerospace systems poses a significant challenge due to the inherent complexity of AM processes. This complexity can result in variations that may lead to defects or inconsistencies in the fabricated structures. Thus, increasing automation by developing in-process monitoring, and control solutions is the vital step to reach the necessary reliability and repeatability.

This thesis presents development towards multi-sensor monitoring and control of Directed Energy Deposition (DED) using a Laser Beam (LB). DED-LB is an advanced technology that allows to manufacture large-scale, near-net-shape metallic parts. In this work, in-process monitoring solutions for DED-LB with feedstock powder and wire were investigated. The set-up of the latter was complemented by resistive pre-heating of the feedstock wire (hot-wire) which provided means of fine-tuning the heat input and improving metal fusion. Formonitoring purposes, three different in-situ techniques were investigated to monitor process stability and variability. Machine vision and electrical sensing were utilized during DED-LB with feedstock wire (DED-LB/w) depositions,while optical emission spectroscopy was used for monitoring processes with feedstock powder (DED-LB/p) as well as wire. A multi-sensorsystem based on the three sensing technologies was tested during DED-LB/w depositions. The vision system gave clear indications of variations from nominal conditions. Voltage and current sensors indications correlated to changes in process parameters and reflected well the metal transfer (liquid bridge) condition.The spectrometer system indicated well changes related to heat input. In addition, analysis of obtained spectra allowed to detect losses of vital alloying element during DED-LB/p. The main conclusion from the results underlines the need for simultaneous multi-sensor monitoring as it allows not only to detect and estimate process changes but also to better interpret their root causes. Such setup will positively enable a future robust, fault tolerant control system.

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Trollhättan: University West, 2023. p. 62
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Licentiate Thesis: University West ; 41
Keywords
Directed Energy Deposition, Laser Beam, in-situ monitoring, multisensor, resistive pre-heating, Directed Energy Deposition, laserstråle, in-situ övervakning, multisensor, resistiv förvärmning
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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20864 (URN)978-91-89325-50-0 (ISBN)978-91-89325-49-4 (ISBN)
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2023-11-09, J111, Gustava Melins gata, Trollhättan, 10:00
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