Our DOE proposal on combining our Dissolvable Support Technology with University of Pittsburg’s Prof. Albert To’s Topology Optimization just got funded. Congratulations to the PI, Prof. To along with the rest of the Co-PI’s: myself; Dr. Wei Xiong (University of Pittsburgh); Mr. Curt Horomanski (Curtiss-Wright EMD); Ms. Robin Gourley (Curtiss-Wright EMD); Dr. Jason Goldsmith (Kennametal).
This project aims to develop and establish an innovative approach to drastically reduce development and post-processing costs associated with laser powder bed additive manufacturing (AM) of complex nuclear reactor components with internal cavities and overhangs. The proposed innovative approach integrates dissolvable supports, topology optimization, and microstructure design to achieve the project goal. Using optimally designed dissolvable supports, this research will make state-of-the-art nuclear components much cheaper, have minimal distortion, and could eliminate build failures altogether.