A modelling group from the Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacturing and Materials (PRISM2) research centre recently travelled to Maryland, USA to participate in Additive Manufacturing Benchmarks 2018 (AM-Bench 2018) and returned with a 1st place award to their name. 

PRISM2 is a research centre at the University of Birmingham, with expertise in the modelling of materials, manufacturing and design for high technology applications in the aerospace and power generation sectors

AM-Bench 2018, is the first of a series of benchmark tests focusing on validating the predictability of computational methods for additive manufacture (AM). Experiments carried out include measurements of microstructure variations, residual stresses, part distortions, 3d grain structures and melt-pool geometry of an AM build and simple single track passes.

The AM-Bench organising committee received a total of 46 challenge submissions from 19 groups: 9 from North America, 6 from Europe and 4 from Asia.

The PRISM2 modelling group received 1st place award for best modelling results predicting the phase evolution during residual stress annealing of an as-build IN625 bridge structure. The winning model framework developed by the PRISM2 team is based on multiscale and mean field predictions of the solid state reactions that account for chemistry and mechanical fields at the microscale. The award was collected by Dr Hector Basoalto and Dr Magnus Anderson who are pictured below. 

Further information can be found at PRISM2 and AM-BENCH 2018