Critical Buckling Load for Lattice Column Elements with Variable Dimensions
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Lattice structures are used in a variety of high-value engineering applications; for example, in automobile, aerospace and biomedical applications, due to their light weight, high specific strength, stiffness, heat transfer control and energy absorption. Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies, such as Selective Laser Melting (SLM), offer radical net-shape manufacturing solutions for metallic structures directly from digital data. The prediction of AM lattice structure mechanical properties prior to manufacture is both cost and time-consuming; particularly as existing models do not readily accommodate the effects of manufacturing defects and lattice node geometry on column buckling. The critical buckling load of columns was algebraically and numerically simulated for a full Design of Experiments (DOE) of independent variables, including column length, column radius, node radius and material type. This simulation data quantifies the effect of independent variables on critical buckling load and demonstrates the limitations of algebraically prediction. This research can be extended to allow the simulation of the load carrying capacity of entire lattice structures; and to accommodate the effect of manufacturing variation on the associated load carrying capacity of AM lattice structures.