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Correlation between laser welding sequence and distortions for thin sheet structures
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West. Swerea KIMAB in Kista. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8933-6720
Volvo Cars in Torslanda & KTH in Stockholm, Sweden.
Swerea KIMAB in Kista, Sweden.
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8822-2705
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2017 (English)In: Science and technology of welding and joining, ISSN 1362-1718, E-ISSN 1743-2936, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 150-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Thin ultra-high strength steel shaped as 700 mm long U-beams have been laser welded in overlap configuration to study the influence of welding sequence on distortions. Three different welding directions, three different energy inputs as well as stitch welding have been evaluated, using resistance spot welding (RSW) as a reference. Transverse widening at the ends and narrowing at the centre of the beam were measured. A clear correlation was found between the weld metal volume and distortion. For continuous welds there was also a nearly linear relationship between the energy input and distortion. However, the amount of distortion was not affected by a change in welding direction. Stitching and RSW reduced distortion significantly compared to continuous laser welding.

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2017. Vol. 22, no 2, p. 150-156
Keywords [en]
Automotive, Distortion, High strength steel, Laser welding, Welding sequence
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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
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Production Technology; ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9678DOI: 10.1080/13621718.2016.1207046Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84978705979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9678DiVA, id: diva2:1057125
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VINNOVAAvailable from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-08-10 Last updated: 2019-04-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Laser welding of ultra-high strength steel and a cast magnesium alloy for light-weight design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Laser welding of ultra-high strength steel and a cast magnesium alloy for light-weight design
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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There is a strong industrial need for developing robust and flexible manufacturing methods for future light-weight design. Better performing, environmental friendly vehicles will gain competitive strength from using light weight structures. In this study, focus has been on laser welding induced distortions for ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) where trials were performed on single hat and double hat beams simulating A-pillar and B-pillar structures. Furthermore, also laser welding induced porosity in cast magnesium alloy AM50 for interior parts were studied. For UHSS, conventional laser welding was done in a fixture designed for research. For cast magnesium, single-spot and twin-spot welding were done. Measurements of final distortions and metallographic investigations have been performed. The results show that the total weld metal volume or the total energy input were good measures for predicting the distortions within one steel grade. For comparing different steel grades, the width of the hard zone should be used. The relation between the width of the hard zone, corresponding to the martensitic area of the weld, and the distortions is almost linear. Additionally, compared with continuous welds, stitching reduced the distortions. For cast magnesium, two-pass (repeated parameters) welding with single-spot gave the lowest porosity of approximately 3%. However, two-pass welding is not considered production friendly. Twin-spot welding was done, where the first beam provided time for nucleation and some growth of pores while reheating by the second beam should provide time for pores to grow and escape. This gave a porosity of around 5%. Distortions and porosity are the main quality problems that occur while laser welding UHSS and cast magnesium, respectively. Low energy input seems to generally minimize quality issues. Laser welding shows high potential regarding weld quality and other general aspects such as productivity in light-weight design for both high strength steel and cast magnesium.

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Trollhättan: University West, 2019. p. 94
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PhD Thesis: University West ; 29
Keywords
Laser welding, ultra-high strength steel, cast magnesium alloy, light-weight design, automotive industry, distortion, porosity
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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
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Production Technology
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13752 (URN)978-91-88847-29-4 (ISBN)978-91-88847-28-7 (ISBN)
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2019-04-24, F131, Trollhättan, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-04-02 Created: 2019-04-01 Last updated: 2019-04-01Bibliographically approved

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