Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advisor 1

Jason Blough

Committee Member 1

Andrew Barnard

Committee Member 2

Vijaya V.N. Sriram Malladi

Committee Member 3

Dave Labyak


Additive manufacturing (AM) has the ability to produce parts with complex geometries and internal features, however, for demanding applications such as the automotive and aerospace industries, it is crucial that the parts can meet the demanding functional and geometric requirements. Quality control for AM parts focuses on nondestructive methods of testing, but many of the current methods are expensive and time-consuming. The research presented in this report explores various methods of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) using dynamic analysis on stainless steel parts produced with selective laser melting (SLM). Methods include, but are not limited to, frequency response functions (FRF), impedance-based measurements, and scanning laser doppler vibrometry. Additionally, mode shape analysis was performed in MATLAB and FEA simulations were used for comparison with experimental results. The results indicate that dynamic analysis has the potential to be a feasible method of defect detection and NDE in AM parts and future work should focus on refining these methods, such as optimizing test parameters to improve sensitivity to defects.