Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Industrial Engineering

Committee Chair

Stucker, Brent E.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Starr, Thomas L.

Committee Member

Starr, Thomas L.

Committee Member

Biles, William E.

Committee Member

DePuy, Gail W.

Committee Member

Pal, Deepankar


Manufacturing processes; Production management; Business logistics--Management


New computationally efficient numerical techniques have been formulated for multi-scale analysis in order to bridge mesoscopic and macroscopic scales of thermal and mechanical responses of a material. These numerical techniques will reduce computational efforts required to simulate metal based Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes. Considering the availability of physics based constitutive models for response at mesoscopic scales, these techniques will help in the evaluation of the thermal response and mechanical properties during layer-by-layer processing in AM. Two classes of numerical techniques have been explored. The first class of numerical techniques has been developed for evaluating the periodic spatiotemporal thermal response involving multiple time and spatial scales at the continuum level. The second class of numerical techniques is targeted at modeling multi-scale multi-energy dissipative phenomena during the solid state Ultrasonic Consolidation process. This includes bridging the mesoscopic response of a crystal plasticity finite element framework at inter- and intragranular scales and a point at the macroscopic scale. This response has been used to develop an energy dissipative constitutive model for a multi-surface interface at the macroscopic scale. An adaptive dynamic meshing strategy as a part of first class of numerical techniques has been developed which reduces computational cost by efficient node element renumbering and assembly of stiffness matrices. This strategy has been able to reduce the computational cost for solving thermal simulation of Selective Laser Melting process by ~100 times. This method is not limited to SLM processes and can be extended to any other fusion based additive manufacturing process and more generally to any moving energy source finite element problem. Novel FEM based beam theories have been formulated which are more general in nature compared to traditional beam theories for solid deformation. These theories have been the first to simulate thermal problems similar to a solid beam analysis approach. These are more general in nature and are capable of simulating general cross-section beams with an ability to match results for complete three dimensional analysis. In addition to this, a traditional Cholesky decomposition algorithm has been modified to reduce the computational cost of solving simultaneous equations involved in FEM simulations. Solid state processes have been simulated with crystal plasticity based nonlinear finite element algorithms. This algorithm has been further sped up by introduction of an interfacial contact constitutive model formulation. This framework has been supported by a novel methodology to solve contact problems without additional computational overhead to incorporate constraint equations averting the usage of penalty springs.