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Electrical resistivity of additively manufactured AlSi10Mg for use in electric motors

Silbernagel, Cassidy; Ashcroft, Ian; Dickens, Phill; Galea, Michael

Authors

Cassidy Silbernagel Cassidy.Silbernagel@nottingham.ac.uk

IAN ASHCROFT Ian.Ashcroft@nottingham.ac.uk
Professorof Mechanics of Solids

Phill Dickens

MICHAEL GALEA Michael.Galea@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Electrical Machines and Drives



Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) opens up a design freedom beyond the limits of traditional manufacturing techniques. Electrical windings created through AM could lead to more powerful and compact electric motors, but only if the electrical properties of the AM printed part can be shown to be similar to conventionally manufactured systems. Until now, no study has reported on the suitability of AM parts for electrical applications as there are few appropriate materials available to AM for this purpose. AlSi10Mg is a relatively good electrical conductor that does not have the same reported issues associated with processing pure aluminium or copper via selective laser melting (SLM). Here, experiments were conducted to test the effects of geometry and heat treatments on the resistivity of AlSi10Mg processed by SLM. It was found that post heat treatments resulted in a resistivity that was 33% lower than the as-built material. The heat treatment also eliminated variance in the resistivity of as-built parts due to initial build orientation. By conducting these tests, it was found that, with this material, there is no penalty in terms of higher resistivity for using AM in electrical applications, thus allowing more design freedom in future electrical applications.

Citation

Silbernagel, C., Ashcroft, I., Dickens, P., & Galea, M. (2018). Electrical resistivity of additively manufactured AlSi10Mg for use in electric motors. Additive Manufacturing, 21, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2018.03.027

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2018
Publication Date May 31, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 29, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2019
Journal Additive Manufacturing
Print ISSN 2214-7810
Electronic ISSN 2214-8604
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2018.03.027
Keywords electrical resistivity; electrical conductivity;
selective laser melting; additive manufacturing; 3D printing; aluminum alloy
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50825
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214860418300769
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0





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