Modeling and simulation of functionalized materials for 3-D printing

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3-D printing also known as additive manufacturing has an increasing demand in the industry to manufacture different kinds of devices. Thus, materials used for 3-D printing need to have different properties (electrical, magnetic, thermal, mechanical, etc.) depending on what we are manufacturing. The aim of this project is modeling new functionalized materials and look for their performances with numerical and experimental studies.

Firstly, overall response of the new functionalized material is investigated using multi-scale computational homogenization techniques as numerical tool. After that, different materials are mixed into extruder that we have in our lab to manufacture filaments for 3-D printer. Then, samples printed with new composite material are tested (tensile test, thermal and electrical conductivity tests, etc.) and their performances are compared with numerical results.