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Proceedings 2018, 2(8), 494; https://doi.org/10.3390/ICEM18-05403

Enhancement of the Mechanical Performance of Stainless Steel Micro Lattice Structures Using Electroless Plated Nickel Coatings

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon 61080, Turkey
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School of Engineering, The University of Liverpool, The Quadrangle, Liverpool L69 3GH, UK
Presented at the 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18), Brussels, Belgium, 1–5 July 2018.
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Published: 28 June 2018
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Abstract

The use of nickel electroless plating to enhance the mechanical properties of stainless steel micro lattice structures manufactured using selective laser melting is described. A coating thickness of 17 μm is achieved, and this increases micro lattice specific stiffness by 75% and specific strength by 50%. There is scope for improving the coating process, and hence improving micro lattice mechanical performance. The methodology described here provides a new potential for optimizing micro lattice mechanical performance and can be extended to other cellular materials with different coating technology.
Keywords: micro lattice; electroless plating; additive manufacture micro lattice; electroless plating; additive manufacture
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Gümrük, R.; UŞUN, A.; Mines, R. Enhancement of the Mechanical Performance of Stainless Steel Micro Lattice Structures Using Electroless Plated Nickel Coatings. Proceedings 2018, 2, 494.

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