REDUCING LOW CYCLE FATIGUE LIFE SCATTER OF ADDITIVE MANUFACTURED ALSI10MG USING LASER SHOCK PEENING
Garrett PatakyGrand Ballroom E
Additive manufactured (AM) alloys are still prone to critical manufacturing flaws, such as gaseous bubble entrapment. These defects can lead to early crack initiation reducing fatigue life and increasing scatter, especially when near surface. This research investigated the effect of femtosecond laser shock peening (FLSP) on the fatigue life of AM AlSi10Mg. Due to the low penetration of the FLSP, fatigue life remained consistent between treated and untreated specimens. Of equal importance though, the scatter was found to be reduced in the FLSP treated samples. From the high resolution DIC results, the average strain per grain in the untreated specimens showed a higher increase of strain from initial loading to final fracture as compared to the FLSP samples. Implementing the use of FLSP onto AM materials could lead to more consistent fatigue life despite the presence of porosity, leading to a path of easier certification and improved confidence in their behavior.