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Zhao L.,Johns Hopkins University | Ryan S.M.,Johns Hopkins University | Lin S.,Johns Hopkins University | Xue J.,Johns Hopkins University | And 7 more authors.
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer | Year: 2017

The fluidic and heat transfer capabilities of 3D woven lattice materials were reported recently under axial and bifurcated flow patterns, but three critical performance indices – pressure drop, average surface temperature and temperature uniformity – could not be optimized simultaneously using these flow patterns. Here we combine the 3D weaves with manifolds to create a novel 3D flow pattern that enhances temperature uniformity, while also maintaining low pressure drops and surface temperatures. These three properties were characterized at room temperature for a range of flow rates using water as the working fluid. Three different weaves thicknesses were investigated: 12.7 mm, 6.4 mm, and 3.2 mm, with manifold thicknesses of 12.7 mm, 19.0 mm, and 22.2 mm, respectively, to provide a constant, combined weave-manifold thickness of 25.4 mm. The properties of this new weave/manifold system are compared to those obtained using just the manifold (with no weave) and just the weave (with no manifold). Comparisons show that the addition of the weave lowers the average substrate temperature and temperature variations significantly, although pressure drop is increased. They also show that the addition of the manifold improves temperature uniformity significantly, and also lowers the average substrate temperature and the pressure drop. No specific ratio of weave to manifold thickness was found to be superior in all of the performance indices. The thermal performances are then evaluated at different pumping powers: the weave/manifold system and its distributed array flow pattern prevail. Finite element simulations were performed on a reduced and simplified model to explain the observed experimental trends, and manifold opening patterns were manipulated to demonstrate further potential property enhancements. The multiple benefits of this manifold system can be extended to common heat exchanger media beyond weaves. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Ryan S.M.,Johns Hopkins University | Szyniszewski S.,University of Surrey | Ha S.,Korea Maritime and Ocean University | Xiao R.,Johns Hopkins University | And 5 more authors.
Scripta Materialia | Year: 2015

Cu and NiCr metallic lattice materials of two different micro-architectures were manufactured with a 3D weaving process. Dynamic mechanical analysis experiments demonstrated that the damping properties of these materials are much greater than their bulk counterparts and were found to have damping loss coefficients comparable to polymers, but with much higher maximum use temperatures. The magnitude of the damping phenomenon is characterized experimentally, and the importance of Coulomb (frictional) damping and inertial damping are investigated using a finite element model. © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc.

Zhao L.,Johns Hopkins University | Ha S.,Johns Hopkins University | Sharp K.W.,SAERTEX United States LLC | Geltmacher A.B.,U.S. Navy | And 9 more authors.
Acta Materialia | Year: 2014

Topology optimization was combined with a 3-D weaving technique to design and fabricate structures with optimized combinations of fluid permeability and mechanical stiffness. Two different microarchitected structures are considered: one is a "standard" weave in which all wires were included, while the other is termed an "optimized" weave as specific wires were removed to maximize the permeability of the resulting porous materials with only a limited reduction in stiffness. Permeability was measured and predicted for both structures that were 3-D woven with either Cu or Ni-20Cr wires. The as-woven wires in the Cu lattices were bonded at contact points using solder or braze while the Ni-20Cr wires were bonded at contact points using pack aluminization. Permeability was measured under laminar flow conditions in all three normal directions for unbonded and bonded samples and in the optimized structure it was found to increase between 200% and 600%, depending on direction, over the standard structures. Permeability was also predicted using finite-element modeling with as-fabricated wires positions that were identified with optical microscopy or X-ray tomography; the measurements and predictions show good agreement. Lastly, the normalized permeability values significantly exceed those found for stochastic, metallic foams and other periodic structures with a material volume fraction of over 30%. © 2014 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Zhao L.,Johns Hopkins University | Ryan S.M.,Johns Hopkins University | Ortega J.K.,Johns Hopkins University | Ha S.,Johns Hopkins University | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer | Year: 2016

Stochastic metallic foams and periodic porous media have been used extensively in heat transfer applications. A relatively new cellular material, 3D woven Cu lattices, show potential for increased thermal performance, due to their high specific surface areas, high thermal conductivity and regular micro-pore distributions. This work investigates the performance of these lattices in both a "standard" and a topology "optimized" architecture using three flow patterns (axial, focused bifurcated and full bifurcated) and two working coolants (water and air). We characterize and compare three performance metrics: pressure drop, average surface temperature and temperature uniformity for the various lattices, flow patterns, and coolants. The optimized weave shows lower pressure drops but higher average surface temperatures and higher temperature variations compared to the standard weave for all flow patterns and both coolants. The bifurcated flow patterns demonstrate lower pressure drops and lower temperature variations but higher average surface temperatures compared to the axial flow pattern for the two weaves and coolants. We also compare the fluidic and thermal performance of the weaves to other common heat dissipation media using the axial flow pattern and both coolants by plotting friction factors, Nusselt numbers and thermal efficiencies as a function of Reynolds numbers that range from 3 to 125. The standard and optimized weaves exhibit relatively high values in flow resistance and heat transfer, and similar values in thermal efficiency compared to other heat exchangers when using water or air. In addition, the weaves provide excellent temperature uniformity in the bifurcated flow patterns, suggesting they are great candidates for applications requiring both high heat removal and uniform temperature distributions such as the cooling of high power laser diodes. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All Rights Reserver.

Johns Hopkins University and SAERTEX United States LLC | Date: 2016-05-23

The present invention is directed to devices formed from three dimensional (3D) structures composed of wires, yarns of wires, or 3D printed structures. The devices of the present invention offer the potential for 3D structures with multiple properties optimized concurrently, using optimization within the 3D manufacturing constraints. The 3D structures of the present invention include multiple properties that are optimized for heat transfer applications. The present invention also includes the methods for optimization of the 3D woven lattices as well as methods of use of the 3D woven lattices in heat transfer applications.

Misencik S.A.,SAERTEX United States LLC
SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions - 12th Annual Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition 2012, ACCE 2012: Unleashing the Power of Design | Year: 2012

Esthetically pleasing: No geometry constraints as imposed by metal forming techniques Scratch & dent resistent: Higher ultimate tensile elongation than metals Traditional repair techniques (marine, automotive) Rust & rot resistant: Non-corrosive, no metal Impervious to chemicals Lighter weight than metal: Self-supporting bus body without chassis Designed to meet all transport rigors: Some models currently travelling over 1,100,000 miles Can be packaged with all many types of drive systems: Diesel, bio-diesel, CNG, LNG, hybrid electric drive, fuel cell...

Erdeniz D.,Northwestern University | Sharp K.W.,SAERTEX United States LLC | Dunand D.C.,Northwestern University
Scripta Materialia | Year: 2015

Architectured Ni-based superalloy scaffolds were fabricated by three-dimensional weaving of ductile Ni-20Cr (wt.%) wires followed by gas-phase alloying with aluminum and titanium via pack cementation. Bonding of neighboring wires occurs at necks that are formed by solid-state diffusion or by formation of a transient-liquid phase. Three-point bending tests of the superalloy weaves, after homogenization and aging to achieve a γ/γ′ structure, show that, as bonding between wires increases, the materials withstand higher stresses and strains before onset of damage. © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc.

Bakker S.,SAERTEX GmbH and Co. KG | Sharp K.,SAERTEX United States LLC
CAMX 2014 - Composites and Advanced Materials Expo: Combined Strength. Unsurpassed Innovation. | Year: 2014

A cost-efficient infusion solution for carbon fiber spar caps for wind turbine blades has been developed. It is based on a carbon fabric with a more than 5 times improved permeability, allowing the infusion of a 90-layer stack of 620 gsm carbon fiber UD with a normal viscosity resin in 90-150 min. A complete set of mechanical data has been tested, lab scale trials performed and a full scale spar cap of a 75 m. wind turbine blade has been successfully produced. Another approach for reducing labor and layup costs in thick composite laminate schedules is to use thick 3D fabrics. Reinforcement fibers, such as E-glass, S-glass, carbon or a hybrid of these, alternating in the 0 and 90 degree directions are bound by fibers traversing the through thickness direction (Z) in a manner that leaves the in-plane fibers with no crimp. The lack of crimp provides increased strength compared to multiple layers of traditionally woven fabrics, while the Z yarns suppress delamination. 3D fabric thicknesses of greater than 50 mm are possible. Open flow paths in the Z direction and the highly regular arrangement of in-plane yarns lead to high infusion speeds, even of these thick fabrics.

Erdeniz D.,Northwestern University | Levinson A.J.,National Research Council Fellow Us Naval Research Laboratory | Sharp K.W.,SAERTEX United States LLC | Rowenhorst D.J.,U.S. Navy | And 2 more authors.
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science | Year: 2014

Micro-architectured, precipitation-strengthened structures were created in a new process combining weaving, gas-phase alloying, diffusion, and precipitation. First, high-ductility Ni-20 wt pct Cr wires with 202 μm diameter were braided, or non-crimp orthogonal woven, into three-dimensional structures. Second, these structures were vapor-phase alloyed with Al at 1273 K (1000 °C) by pack cementation, creating uniform NiAl coatings on the wires when using a retort. Also, solid-state bonding was achieved at wire intersections, where two wires were sufficiently close to each other, as determined via optical and X-ray tomographic microscopy. Third, the NiAl-coated wires were fully homogenized and aged to form γ′ precipitates distributed in a γ matrix phase, the same microstructure providing strength in nickel-based superalloys. The resulting structures—consisting of wires (i) woven in a controlled three-dimensional architecture, (ii) bonded at contact points and (iii) strengthened by γ′ precipitates—are expected to show high strength at ambient and elevated temperatures, low density, and high permeability which is useful for active cooling. © 2014, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International.

Saertex United States LLC | Date: 2014-01-28

Semi-processed plastic in the form of films, sheets, tubes, bars, or rods; Semi-processed resins; resin-saturated fiberglass fabric for use in structural reinforcement; Resins in sheets for industrial use, namely, for use in the manufacture of automobiles, boats, trains, agricultural equipment, and aircraft. Fabrics for the manufacture of composite materials; textile substitute materials made from synthetic materials; non-woven textile fabrics with reinforced cores; textile fabrics based on non-woven and needled fibers for the reinforcement of composite materials; textile fabric reinforcements comprising multiple layers of materials based on non-woven and needled fibers for the creation of composite materials; non-woven textile fabrics.

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