Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Ryan P. O'Hara, PhD.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes are well known for their ability to fabricate parts with complex geometries. Lattice structures leverage this ability to create parts with high strength-to-weight ratio and other desirable structural qualities. This research presents a parameterized modeling tool using common Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and scripting software with which aggregated lattice structures can be analyzed, given different geometric properties and loading conditions. A full factorial Design of Experiments is run to explore the effects of various parameters on the strength of lattice structures. Experimental compressive strength results from three FDM-produced PLA lattices are discussed and compared to predictions from the Finite Element simulations.
DTIC Accession Number
Box, Christopher A., "Analysis of Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures Using Finite Element Methods" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1709.