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On the Mechanical Behaviour of Biosourced Cellular Polymer Manufactured Using Fused Deposition Modelling

Abstract : The aim of this study is to investigate on the compression performance of cellular Polylactic Acid (PLA) manufacturing while using Fused Deposition Modelling. Computer Aided Design (CAD) models of cellular structures are designed using the sequential addition of spherical voids with porosity content varying from 10% to 60%. The three-dimensional (3D) microstructures of cellular PLA are characterised using X-ray micro-tomography to retrieve the correlation between the process-induced defects and the cellular geometrical properties. Mechanical testing is performed under severe compression conditions allowing for the reduction in sample height up to 80%. Finite element computation that is based on real microstructures is used in order to evaluate the effect of defects on the compression performance. The results show a significant drop of the process-induced defects thanks to the use of small layer thickness. Both mechanical anisotropy and performance loss are reduced due to vanishing process-induced defects more significantly when the amount of intended porosities is large. The compression behaviour of 3D printed PLA cellular structures is then found to be only guided by the amount and distribution of the intended porosity.
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Sofiane Guessasma, Sofiane Belhabib, David Bassir, Hedi Nouri, Samuel Gomes. On the Mechanical Behaviour of Biosourced Cellular Polymer Manufactured Using Fused Deposition Modelling. Polymers, MDPI, 2020, 12 (11), pp.2651. ⟨10.3390/polym12112651⟩. ⟨hal-03155828⟩



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