Numerical Study of the Features of Ti-Nb Alloy Crystallization during Selective Laser Sintering
AI Dmitriev and AY Nikonov, INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON INTERDISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS IN ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGIES, 140, 012008 (2016).
The demand for implants with individual shape requires the development of new methods and approaches to their production. The obvious advantages of additive technologies and selective laser sintering are the capabilities to form both the external shape of the product and its internal structure. Recently appeared and attractive from the perspective of biomechanical compatibility are beta alloys of titanium- niobium that have similar mechanical properties to those of cortical bone. This paper studies the processes occurring at different stages of laser sintering using computer simulation on atomic scale. The effect of cooling rate on the resulting crystal structure of Ti-Nb alloy was analysed. Also, the dependence of tensile strength of sintered particles on heating time and cooling rate was studied. It was shown that the main parameter, which determines the adhesive properties of sintered particles, is the contact area obtained during sintering process. The simulation results can both help defining the technological parameters of the process to provide the desired mechanical properties of the resulting products and serve as a necessary basis for calculations on large scale levels in order to study the behaviour of actually used implants.
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