MORE | Spring 2018

Parametric Design Optimization of Multi-Functional Honeycomb Structures for Additive Manufacturing

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The objective of this research is to develop a methodology to extract optimal design parameters (cell wall thickness and the corner radius) in hexagonal honey-comb structures using finite element modeling, response surface methodology and optimization techniques to achieve multi-functional objectives. In this work, the researcher will look at combining the objectives of mechanical stiffness with thermal conductivity. The result of this project provides a framework for a design engineer to optimize parameters to achieve any multi-functional objectives. The future work will be to validate these models by using additive manufacturing methods.

Student researcher

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Bharath Santhanam

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Graduation date: Fall 2018