Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jianzhi Li

Second Advisor

Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas Timmer


To better understand the selective laser alloying process of elemental titanium and boron powder, theoretic models are created which takes material related, reaction related, laser related, and other affecting factors into consideration. These models do help interpret the corresponding experiment results. In turn, the related experiment results validate the theoretic models created. In practice, the experiments with two different molar ratios of 1:2 and 4:1 between titanium and boron are carried out. The huge amount of energy released because of reaction between titanium and boron during laser irradiation makes it hard to understand and control the alloying process. At the same time, the energy released can also be utilized to lower the laser power and speed up the scanning speed. In the end, laser parameters are optimized to build solid parts with good quality of top surface finish and only few defects inside.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Manufacturing Commons