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  • How to Test the Fluidity of Metal Powder?

    Fluidity is an important performance index of metal powder for 3D printing. SLM, EBM, LENS and other processes have high requirements on the fluidity of metal powder. So, as a buyer, how to test the fluidity of metal powder to judge whether it meets the requirements? Today, the author would like to share with you the most commonly used test method of powder fluidity hall flow rate method.
     
    Hall flow rate method is expressed by the time required for 50g metal powder to flow through the standard funnel with specified aperture. The main standards are ASTM b213-2017 and GB/T 1482-2010. The two test methods are shared as follows.
     
    GB/T 1482-2010 standard:
    Scope of application: the powder that can flow freely through the standard funnel with an aperture of 2.5mm can be used.
    Sampling: take at least 200g sample and divide it into three parts.
    Funnel: the funnel is made of non-magnetic and corrosion-resistant metal material, with a hole diameter of 2.5mm.
     
    Test steps:
    1) Weigh a 50g sample to the accuracy of ± 0.1g;
    2) Plug the hole at the bottom of the funnel with your finger and pour the sample into the funnel. Note that the powder must fill the whole hole at the bottom of the funnel;
    3) Open the funnel hole, start timing, repeat three times, the arithmetic average value, accurate to 0.2S;
    4) When the powder does not flow, tap on the funnel to make the powder flow. If even then the powder does not flow, it should be considered that the powder has no fluidity.
     
    ASTM B213-2017
    Funnel: the surface roughness is ra = 0.4 × 10-6m, and the bottom hole is 10 inch (2.54mm).
     
    Test steps:
    Method 1 - Measurement of flow starting with a stationary powder (static flow method)
    1) 50.0 g powder was weighed with a clean weighing plate as the sample;
    2) Plug the bottom drain hole with dry fingers and pour 50.0g powder into the center of the funnel to avoid knocking, vibration or moving the funnel;
    3) Turn on the timer and move the finger under the hole at the same time;
    4) If the powder stops flowing, tap the edge of the funnel. However, it is not allowed to further tap the funnel, nor to stir or stir the powder in the funnel with wire or other tools;
    5) Record the flow time to 0.1 s;
    6) Multiple measurements (50.0g sample was taken again for each measurement), and the average value was taken.
     
    Method 2 - Measurement with dynamic powder flow (dynamic flow method)
    1) Place an empty container directly under the drain hole;
    2) A clean weighing plate was used to weigh 50.0 g powder as sample;
    3) Pour 50.0 g powder sample into the center of the funnel, and turn on the timer when the powder flows out of the orifice;
    4) Record the flow time to 0.1 s;
    5) Multiple measurements (50.0g sample was taken again for each measurement), and the average value was taken.
     
    AEM Deposition is a high-quality metal powder supplier in China, which uses the proprietary plasma atomization technology to prepare the powder. The metal powder produced by it has high sphericity and less satellite balls, which can ensure the good fluidity of each batch of powder (Hall flow rate < 35S / 50g).
     
    Each batch of powder products produced by AEM deposition will undergo strict fluidity test before leaving the factory, so as to meet the requirements of 3D additive manufacturing. We can supply all kinds of metal powder for additive manufacturing. The details are as follows:
     
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