Using additive manufacturing to build energy efficient filter supports

Vijayakumar, Bhavani and Rennie, Allan and Burns, Neil and Burns, Mark and Travis, Darren and Battersby, Paul (2013) Using additive manufacturing to build energy efficient filter supports. In: 3rd International Conference on Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AM 2013), 2013-10-072013-10-08.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the application for additive manufacturing technology in creating geometrically optimised, conical, in-line filter supports used in filtration and pumping systems. In comparison with such products currently fabricated by more conventional means, the paper further discusses the benefits to be realised in terms of efficiency gains, from both a pressure drop and reduction in energy consumption perspective, and also in the reduction of raw materials used in the manufacturing process which is far superior. Physical testing has been conducted to validate simulations of fluid flow, indicatively returning very positive results, showing that pressure drops of up to 690Pa from the current value of 1586Pa is possible, which could reduce the energy consumption by 57%. Through the optimisation of design for component realisation using additive manufacturing, it is also shown that almost 53% of material could be saved by transitioning over to these alternative manufacturing processes.

Item Type:
Contribution to Conference (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title:
3rd International Conference on Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AM 2013)
ID Code:
67327
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Deposited On:
29 Oct 2013 09:38
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Yes
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Published
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