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The potential of SLM technology for processing magnesium alloys in aerospace industry

Authors
  • Kurzynowski, T.1
  • Pawlak, A.1
  • Smolina, I.1
  • 1 Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland , Wroclaw (Poland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Publisher
Springer London
Publication Date
Feb 24, 2020
Volume
20
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s43452-020-00033-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Selective Laser Melting (SLM) of magnesium alloys is the technology undergoing dynamic development in many research centres. The results are promising and make it possible to manufacture defect-free material with better properties than those offered by the manufacturing technologies used to date. This review aims to evaluate present state as well as main challenges of using Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) for processing magnesium alloys as an alternative way to conventional technologies to manufacture parts in the aerospace industry. This literature review is the first one to outline information concerning the potential to use magnesium alloys in the aerospace industry as well as to summarise the results of magnesium alloy processing using AM technologies, in particular L-PBF. The available literature was reviewed to gather information about: the use of magnesium alloys in the aerospace industry—the benefits and limitations of using magnesium and its alloys, examples of applications using new processing methods to manufacture aerospace parts, the benefits and potential of using L-PBF to process metallic materials, examples of the use of L-PBF to manufacture aerospace parts, and state-of-the-art research into L-PBF processing of magnesium and magnesium alloys.

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