Failure Mechanisms in Metallic Lattices

Octet failure

In-situ tomography response of AlSi10Mg octet sample under compression with sequential frames showing failure evolution


We are currently investigating the damage evolution and failure mechanisms of metallic lattices fabricated with selective laser melting. Due to the manufacturing process, several deviations from the designed geometry appear, thereby leading to a major discrepancy between the theoretical and computational predictions of as-designed samples and the testing measurements of as-built samples. To understand the culprit, we are currently developing probabilistic models (based on both homogenized schemes and full-scale simulations) that capture the location, morphology and distribution of defects in as-built samples. From these results, we can gauge the impact of manufacturing constraints on additively fabricated samples of alternative cell topology.