Experimental Investigation on Electric Current-Aided Laser Stake Welding of Aluminum Alloy T-Joints
AbstractIn the present study, aluminum alloy T-joints were welded using the laser stake-welding process. In order to improve the welding quality of the T-joints, an external electric current was used to aid the laser stake-welding process. The effects of the process parameters on the weld morphology, mechanical properties, and microstructure of the welded joints were analyzed and discussed in detail. The results indicate that the aided electric current should be no greater than a certain maximum value. Upon increasing the aided electric current, the weld width at the skin and stringer faying surface obviously increased, but there was an insignificant change in the penetration depth. Furthermore, the electric current and pressing force should be chosen to produce an expected weld width at the faying surface, whereas the laser power and welding speed should be primarily considered to obtain an optimal penetration depth. The tensile shear specimens failed across the faying surface or failed in the weld zone of the skin. The specimens that failed in the weld of the skin could resist a higher tensile shear load compared with specimens that failed across the faying surface. The microstructural observations and microhardness results demonstrated that the tensile shear load capacity of the aluminum alloy welded T-joint was mainly determined by the weld width at the faying surface. View Full-Text
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Zhang, X.; Li, L.; Chen, Y.; Yang, Z.; Zhu, X. Experimental Investigation on Electric Current-Aided Laser Stake Welding of Aluminum Alloy T-Joints. Metals 2017, 7, 467.
Zhang X, Li L, Chen Y, Yang Z, Zhu X. Experimental Investigation on Electric Current-Aided Laser Stake Welding of Aluminum Alloy T-Joints. Metals. 2017; 7(11):467.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Xinge; Li, Liqun; Chen, Yanbin; Yang, Zhaojun; Zhu, Xiaocui. 2017. "Experimental Investigation on Electric Current-Aided Laser Stake Welding of Aluminum Alloy T-Joints." Metals 7, no. 11: 467.
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