Energy Materials Analysis for Additive Manufacturing by Selective Laser Melting Open Access
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This research aimed to improve selective laser melting (SLM) of energy materials for thermoelectric power generation devices. Thermoelectric generators (TEG) are solid state devices that offer the potential for waste heat recovery in combustion and heat process systems. These devices are currently being manufactured using bulk material processing with many integration and assembly steps, leading to decreased product efficiency and high manufacturing costs. Selective laser melting is an additive manufacturing technique, when combined with semiconductive powder offers a solution to these manufacturing challenges.