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The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has been awarded $802,400 to find an effective quality assurance method for additive manufacturing or 3D-printing of new-generation gas turbine components. The components are created using laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) technology, a process that uses the heat of a laser to consolidate material into powder form to generate 3D objects.
The U.S. Department of Energy, through its University Turbine Systems Research program, has awarded the funds to researchers at the Swanson School to conduct the three-year project, which is being bolstered by additional support of $200,600 from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), resulting in a total grant of $1,003,000.
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