ME Special Seminar | Interface Dynamics in Inkjet Deposition and Beyond
Mechanical Engineering Special Seminar Series
Interface Dynamics in Inkjet Deposition and Beyond
Speaker: Wenchao Zhou, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Associate, Mechanical Engineering
University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Lab
Additive manufacturing, a.k.a. 3-D printing, holds great promise for the era of personal fabrication. However, there are four fundamental challenges that must be addressed, including manufacturing cost, limited material choice, inferior material properties of manufactured parts, and the multiscale control issue.
Inkjet is an emerging technology that enables more economic and scalable manufacturing than other additive techniques. This talk will preview a novel nozzle technology that has been developed to overcome the limitations of material choices. Material interface evolution during the material joining process is identified to be critical for the problem of “inferior material properties” and for a fundamental understanding of how materials are combined. A novel metric has been developed to quantify the geometry of the material interface. With the help of this metric, the physics underlying the interface evolution of a single droplet has been examined. A powerful numerical solver based on the Lattice-Boltzmann method has been developed to study more complicated interface evolution. With this foundation, research plans are developed to simulate real-world manufacturing process in order to build the "process-structure-property" relationship for next generation of Computer-Aided Design systems and address the four fundamental challenges mentioned above.
Dr. Wenchao Zhou is currently a postdoc working with Drs. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu and Chad Duty at University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab on advanced manufacturing technologies. He is also the Chief Research Engineer of Alpzhi Inc., a Georgia Tech startup company, where he is leading the development and commercialization of a disruptive 3-D printing-based micro-lens fabrication technology under an NSF sponsored Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. He recently completed his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and worked with Dr. David Rosen on 3-D printing technology for his PhD dissertation with a focus on inkjet deposition technology. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Xi'an Jiaotong University, respectively. He has authored more than 15 technical articles in various international journals and conference proceedings. He won the Best Paper Award at the 2011 International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping and was selected for the Higher Education Research Experiences fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2012. His talk in the 24th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2013) was recognized with the Best Presentation Award. His research interests are in the field of additive manufacturing, including manufacturing process modeling, design for additive manufacturing, manufacturing systems, and various applications of additive manufacturing technology.