Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences


Piotr Kaczynski

Recent publications
1.  Telega J., Kaczynski P., Smiałek M., Pawłowski P.K., Szwaba R., Suitableness of SLM Manufactured Turbine Blade for Aerodynamical Tests, Materials, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma16072866, Vol.16, No.7, pp.1-11, 2023

This paper describes some insights on applicability of a Selective Laser Melting and Direct Metal Laser Sintering technology-manufactured turbine blade models for aerodynamic tests in a wind tunnel. The principal idea behind this research was to assess the possibilities of using ‘raw’ DLMS printed turbine blade models for gas-flow experiments. The actual blade, manufactured using the DLMS technology, is assessed in terms of surface quality (roughness), geometrical shape and size (outline), quality of counterbores and quality of small diameter holes. The results are evaluated for the experimental aerodynamics standpoint. This field of application imposes requirements that have not yet been described in the literature. The experimental outcomes prove the surface quality does not suffice to conduct quantitative experiments. The holes that are necessary for pressure measurements in wind tunnel experiments cannot be reduced below 1 mm in diameter. The dimensional discrepancies are on the level beyond acceptable. Additionally, the problem of ‘reversed tolerance’, with the material building up and distorting the design, is visible in elements printed with the DLMS technology. The results indicate the necessity of post-machining of the printed elements prior their experimental usage, as their features in the ‘as fabricated’ state significantly disturb the flow conditions.

additive manufacturing,compressor blade,Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DLMS) technology,experimental aerodynamics,rapid prototyping,Selective Laser Melting SLM

Telega J. - other affiliation
Kaczynski P. - other affiliation
Smiałek M. - other affiliation
Pawłowski P.K. - IPPT PAN
Szwaba R. - other affiliation

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