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GE, ORNL & PARC target design and validation timeframe reductions for 3D printed industrial components

January 23, 2020 / Sam Davies

GE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL and Xerox-owned PARC are working to reduce the time it takes to design and validate 3D printed components through a research programme. Receiving a $1.3 million Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) award, the partners will focus on high-performance parts for turbomachinery applications. Their target is to reduce the design and validation timeline by up to 65% and demonstrate a defect-free, high-performance multi-functional design in the hope of contributing to an increased adoption of additive manufacturing in the power industry. The three organisations intend to optimise structural characteristics and thermal and fluid properties using AI-generated surrogate models and integrating multi-physics design optimisation techniques.