Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes, such as selective laser melting (SLM), enable the fabrication of arbitrary 3D-structures with unprecedented degrees of freedom. Research is rapidly progressing in this field, with promising results opening up a range of possible applications across both scientific and industrial sectors. With the low density, high specific strength and good corrosion resistance compared to steels, aluminium alloys have been widely applied in aerospace engineering and automobile industry. Aluminium alloys are of the main material systems receiving attention in SLM research, being favoured in many high-value applications. In this project, students will hand-on produce Al alloy using additive manufacture and conventional casting.
This project aims to study its microstructure, defects, mechanical property, and corrosion resistance, and explore the effect of heat treatment on the properties of additive manufactured Al-Si alloy.
Basic knowledge in metal, solidification, microstructure, metal corrosion.
Aluminium, additive manufacturing, casting, metal corrosion.