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National Science Foundation Project to Support ASTM Additive Manufacturing Consortium

A new project in the United States national science foundation (NSF) research project with Southern University, Louisiana State Universityand Auburn University is expected to contribute significantly to ASTM International’s new Consortium on Materials Data and Standardization (CMDS).

The new $4 million NSF EPSCoR award enables research into the rapid qualification of critical additively manufactured components used in key industries including aviation, space and medical industries.

“NSF is excited to see the transition from basic research to applied research aligned with current industry needs,” said Subrata Acharya, Ph.D., program manager, NSF. “We are on a mission to advance the fields of science and engineering and we value the connection between academic institutes and the AM industry.”

This project will aim to generate research for a rapid qualification framework for AM parts, based on experimental and simulation databases of PSP relationships, supporting accelerated technology adoption in critical applications.

“Lacking in-depth knowledge of additive manufacturing process-structure-property (PSP) relationships, current part qualification efforts are cumbersome, time-consuming, and account for more than 50% of production costs,” notes Patrick Mensah, Ph.D. ., associate dean for research and graduate programs, Southern University and A&M College.

The CMDS initiative was launched in May this year by ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE). The organization also received an award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in August for developing a technology roadmap for the construction industry.

“The ASTM CMDS approach is particularly focused on determining the key PSP relationships needed to develop machine-independent materials data generation methods and this NSF-funded project is well aligned with that approach,” said Mohsen Seifi. , Ph.D., Vice President of ASTM. Global advanced manufacturing programs.

“The goal of the project is to address current challenges related to comprehensive data-driven qualification practices, data transferability, and correlating material property data with part performance for additive manufacturing processes. “said Nima Shamsaei, Ph.D., director of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence and professor of mechanical engineering at Auburn University.


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