Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Shan Hu

Abstract

As additive manufacturing (AM) grows as a viable means to manufacture not only prototypes, but also end use production parts, the desire to produce composite materials using AM has grown. Such a machine would combine the unique benefits of AM with the unique benefits of composites. Although many successful AM setups that produce composites have been developed and successfully demonstrated, the way in which the filler materials are arranged within the matrix is an active area of research. This thesis reviews applicable literature pertaining to what different methods have so far been developed to create particle-matrix composites using additive manufacturing with an emphasis on how these methods align filler particles. Chapter two is a proposed manuscript that explores one particular method of arranging particles using acoustic fields. It also shows work performed in an effort to develop an FEA model that accurately predicts the shape of such particle patterns given the configuration of the actuators creating the acoustic field.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20210114-45

Copyright Owner

Michael Flannery

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

38 pages

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