Weldability and Monitoring of Resistance Spot Welding of Q&P and TRIP Steels
AbstractThis work aims at investigating the spot weldability of a new advanced Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) steel and a Transformation Induced Plasticity (TRIP) steel for automotive applications by evaluating the effects of the main welding parameters on the mechanical performance of their dissimilar spot welds. The welding current, the electrode tip voltage and the electrical resistance of sheet stack were monitored in order to detect any metal expulsion and to evaluate its severity, as well as to clarify its effect on spot strength. The joint strength was assessed by means of shear and cross tension tests. The corresponding fracture modes were determined through optical microscopy. The welding current is the main process parameter that affects the weld strength, followed by the clamping force and welding time. Metal expulsion can occur through a single large expulsion or multiple expulsions, whose effects on the shear and cross tension strength have been assessed. Longer welding times can limit the negative effect of an expulsion if it occurs in the first part of the joining process. The spot welds exhibit different fracture modes according to their strengths. Overall, a proper weldability window for the selected process parameters has been determined to obtain sound joints. View Full-Text
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Russo Spena, P.; De Maddis, M.; D’Antonio, G.; Lombardi, F. Weldability and Monitoring of Resistance Spot Welding of Q&P and TRIP Steels. Metals 2016, 6, 270.
Russo Spena P, De Maddis M, D’Antonio G, Lombardi F. Weldability and Monitoring of Resistance Spot Welding of Q&P and TRIP Steels. Metals. 2016; 6(11):270.Chicago/Turabian Style
Russo Spena, Pasquale; De Maddis, Manuela; D’Antonio, Gianluca; Lombardi, Franco. 2016. "Weldability and Monitoring of Resistance Spot Welding of Q&P and TRIP Steels." Metals 6, no. 11: 270.
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