Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical Engineering

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering, MS

Committee Chair

Atre, Sundar

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Williams, Stuart

Committee Member

Williams, Stuart

Committee Member

Yang, Li

Author's Keywords

Laser-Powder Bed Fusion; 17-4 PH Stainless Steel; Mechanical Properties; Microstructures; Water-Atomized


Laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) is a potential manufacturing route for the production of tooling using different steel materials. However, there is a limited understanding of how the mechanical properties and microstructures of the L-PBF produced parts vary with change in powder type and process conditions. The current research studied the influence of L-PBF process parameters on mechanical properties and microstructures of 17-4PH stainless steel using gas and water-atomized powders. The results demonstrate the feasibility of using water-atomized powders as starting raw materials instead of typically used gas-atomized powders to fabricate parts in the L-PBF process at high energy densities.

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