Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Belk, Davy M.

Committee Member

Linkan, Bian

Committee Member

Doude, Haley R.

Committee Member

Wang, Yeqing

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Aerospace Engineering


The aim of this work is to model, manufacture, and test an optimized Messerschmitt-BölkowBlohm beam using additive manufacturing. The implemented method is the Solid Isotropic Material with Penalization of a minimum compliance design. The Taubin smoothing technique was used to attenuate geometric noise and minimize the formation of overhanging angles and residual stresses due to the thermal activity of the selective laser melting process. The optimized model required examination and repair of local errors such as surface gaps, non-manifold vertices, and intersecting facets. A comparison between experimental and numerical results of the linear elastic regimes showed that the additively manufactured structure was less stiff than predicted. Potential contributors are discussed, including the formation of an anisotropic microstructure throughout the layer-by-layer melting process. In addition, the effect of selective laser melting process on the mechanical properties of stainless steel 316l-0407 and its influence on structural performance was described.