Structural integrity of additively manufactured materials

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Additive Manufacturing enables the direct conversion of complex shapes obtained from computer-aided design or 3D scanning data into physical objects. Thanks to its digital flexibility and efficiency, Additive Manufacturing offers unprecedented solutions in the design and production of complex structural components which are, at the same time, multi-functional, topologically optimized, easier to produce, and more cost-effective. On the other hand, extending these benefits to large-scale and load-bearing industrial applications requires a deeper understanding of the mechanical behaviour of these materials. How the microstructure of additively manufactured materials, process-related attributes, surface conditions, and distribution of internal defects influence the mechanical behaviour in fact remains a major open area of research.

This Collection aims to gather research articles advancing our current understanding of the interplay between microstructures and process attributes, in order to determine the structural integrity of additively-manufactured materials. With this in mind, we will consider submissions in the areas of fatigue and fracture mechanics, characterization, testing, and modelling of additively-manufactured structural components, as well as novel structural integrity assessment techniques.

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3d printed object with geometrical structual components


  • Sara Bagherifard

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy

  • Giovanni Bruno

    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM), Germany

  • Andrey Molotnikov

    RMIT University, Australia

  • Thomas Niendorf

    Institute of Materials Engineering at University of Kassel, Germany

  • Xueju Wang

    University of Connecticut, USA

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