Controlling factors determining flowability of powders for additive manufacturing: A combined experimental and simulation study

Yufan Zhao, Yujie Cui, Yusaku Hasebe, Huakang Bian, Kenta Yamanaka, Kenta Aoyagi, Takehito Hagisawa, Akihiko Chiba

研究成果: Article査読

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Powder flowability affects dynamic powder behavior during additive manufacturing and varies depending on particle size distribution, particle morphology, and surface features. In this study, Inconel 718 alloy powders were prepared by gas atomization (GA), plasma atomization (PA), and plasma rotating electrode process (PREP). The flowability was experimentally evaluated by the avalanche angle. With the help of numerical simulations, the individual effects of particle size distribution, particle morphology, and particle surface features on flowability were analyzed. The results showed that the PREP powder possessed the best flowability among the three powders. The PSDs were slightly different, but these differences had almost no effect on their flowability. Nevertheless, the excellent flowability of the PREP powder was due to the high particle sphericity and the thin surface oxide film. If the environmental factors are well controlled during the handling, PREP has a natural advantage over GA and PA in terms of flowability.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)482-493
ページ数12
ジャーナルPowder Technology
393
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2021 11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 化学工学(全般)

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