|About this Abstract
||2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Additive Manufacturing and Innovative Powder/Wire Processing of Multifunctional Materials
||Accelerating Additive Manufacturing Process Design for Energy Conversion Materials using In-situ Sensing and Machine Learning
||Joy Gockel, Tanvi Banerjee, Saniya LeBlanc, Joe Walker, Vijayabarathi Ponnambalam, Amanuel Alambo, Clayton Perbix, Ankita Agarwal, John Middendorf
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
One promising candidate for manufacturing of the bismuth telluride thermoelectric legs is laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) additive manufacturing (AM). AM processing parameters highly influence the material properties, however current processing parameter development methods in AM are costly and time consuming. In-situ sensors allow for the capture of physically relevant process information on a layer-by-layer basis and will be used to aide process development. To optimize the AM process for the best thermoelectric performance, process variables, in-situ process sensor data and ex-situ material characterization data are collected. Several different interpretable machine learning (ML) approaches are used, and the performance of each method are assessed. Significant input process variables include laser focus, hatch spacing and laser power. The best performing models are used to determine the manufacturing parameters that maximize the power factor. AM of bismuth telluride material provides the ability to create complex geometries enabling more efficient energy conversion.