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Stress Concentration and Mechanical Strength of Cubic Lattice Architectures

Laboratoire d’Etude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux LEM3 UMR CNRS 7239, Arts et Métiers ParisTech Campus de Metz, Université de Lorraine, F-57078 Metz, France
Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198 CNRS-Université de Lorraine, Campus Artem, F-54011 Nancy, France
Laboratory of Excellence on Design of Alloy Metals for Low-mAss Structures (DAMAS), Université de Lorraine, F-54011 Nancy, France
Mines Saint-Etienne, Univ Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5307 LGF, Centre SMS, Departement PMM, F-42023 Saint-Etienne, France
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Materials 2018, 11(7), 1146;
Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 3 July 2018 / Published: 5 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Design of Alloy Metals for Low-Mass Structures)
The continuous design of cubic lattice architecture materials provides a wide range of mechanical properties. It makes possible to control the stress magnitude and the local maxima in the structure. This study reveals some architectures specifically designed to reach a good compromise between mass reduction and mechanical strength. Decreased local stress concentration prevents the early occurrence of localized plasticity or damage, and promotes the fatigue resistance. The high performance of cubic architectures is reported extensively, and structures with the best damage resistance are identified. The fatigue resistance and S–N curves (stress magnitude versus lifetime curves) can be estimated successfully, based on the investigation of the stress concentration. The output data are represented in two-dimensional (2D) color maps to help mechanical engineers in selecting the suitable architecture with the desired stress concentration factor, and eventually with the correct fatigue lifetime. View Full-Text
Keywords: lattice structures; porous materials; 3D surface maps; finite element; fatigue; plasticity lattice structures; porous materials; 3D surface maps; finite element; fatigue; plasticity
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Lohmuller, P.; Favre, J.; Piotrowski, B.; Kenzari, S.; Laheurte, P. Stress Concentration and Mechanical Strength of Cubic Lattice Architectures. Materials 2018, 11, 1146.

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