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A NUMERICAL STUDY OF DIFFUSION OF NANOPARTICLES IN A VISCOUS MEDIUM DURING SOLIDIFICATION

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Kazi M. Rahman

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA
kmrahman.iut@gmail.com

Dr. M. Ruhul Amin

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA
ramin@montana.edu

Ahsan Mian

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
ahsan.mian@wright.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4041349 History: Received June 05, 2018; Revised August 07, 2018

Abstract

In the field of additive manufacturing process, laser cladding is widely considered due to its cost effectiveness, small localized heat generation and full fusion to metals. Introducing nanoparticles with cladding metals produces metal matrix nanocomposites which in turn improves the material characteristics of the clad layer. The governing equations that control the fluid flow are standard incompressible Navier-Stokes and heat diffusion equation whereas the Euler-Lagrange approach has been considered for particle tracking. The mathematical formulation for solidification is adopted based on enthalpy porosity method. Liquid titanium has been considered as the initial condition where particle distribution has been assumed uniform throughout the geometry. A numerical model implemented in a commercial software based on control volume method has been developed that allows to simulate the fluid flow during solidification as well as tracking nanoparticles during this process. A detailed parametric study has been conducted by changing the Marangoni number, convection heat transfer coefficient, constant temperature below the melting point of titanium and insulated boundary conditions to analyze the behavior of the nanoparticle movement. The influence of increase in Marangoni number results in a higher concentration of nanoparticles in some portions of the geometry and lack of nanoparticles in rest of the geometry. The high concentration of nanoparticles decreases with a decrease in Marangoni number. Furthermore, an increase in the rate of solidification time limits the nanoparticle movement from its original position which results in different distribution patterns with respect to the solidification time.

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