Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.31, No.7, 2711-2722, 2020
3D printing of tuneable agglomerates: Strain distribution and effect of internal flaws
The current study presents a novel and reliable method for producing 3D printed agglomerates with different colour distributions and material properties with 2-fold aims: providing feasible and accurate control on compression of agglomerates under different compression angles, and better tracking of individual particle position after agglomerate breakage. Multi-coloured agglomerates in cubic tetrahedral and random sphere shapes were printed with both rigid and soft bonds. The printed agglomerates were analysed thoroughly of their surface and structural properties including surface roughness and printing accuracy. The agglomerate breakage behaviours under static compression were analysed as a function of bond strength, loading rate and loading directions, with strain distribution plotted over the random sphere agglomerate structure. In addition, agglomerate structures with designed internal macro-voids in different positions and sizes were also created for breakage study, in an effort to better understand parameters governing the mechanical properties of agglomerates with cavities and voids which is inevitable in particle industry but poorly understood at present. (C) 2020 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.