Spiderweb cellular structures manufactured via additive layer manufacturing for aerospace application
AbstractWith increasing the energy costs and aiming for fossil-free Europe, cellular structures could provide a cost-effective tool for saving fuel consumption in aircraft. To achieve this goal, a cellular structure topology is a rapidly growing area of research facilitated by developments in additive layer manufacturing. These low-density structures are particularly promising for their aerospace applications. In this paper, four cellular structure topologies are developed to serve as a vibration damper in small electric aircraft motor, we have compared their performance with the original motor holder in the aircraft. This paper introduces the roadmap of scaffolding concept design and provides a novel concept in vibration damping. Based on the FEA simulation, aluminium 6061T spiderweb-inspired lattices (weight 0.3473 g and porosity 84%) have proven to have the lowest natural resonance and highest yield strength to weight ratio compared to other scaffolding concepts.
CitationBari K, Bollenbach L. (2022) Spiderweb cellular structures manufactured via additive layer manufacturing for aerospace application. Journal of Composites Science, 6(5):133. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs6050133
JournalJournal of Composites Science
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SponsorsThis research was funded by European Regional Development (ERDF), under contract 32R19P03053.
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