The focus of this project, being conducted in strong collaboration with an industry partner, IPG Photonics, is an investigation of powder feeder technology and the design of a new feeder. The challenge of accurately controlling mass flow rate provided the opportunity for the development of a novel feeding concept that uses a specialty designed, geometrically slotted, rotating disk assembly. The study also analyzes powder flow and the mixing of multiple powder streams in a turbulent gas environment.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Metal Processing Institute
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