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  • 51.
    Broberg, Patrik
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation Systems.
    Analytic model for pulsed thermography of subsurface defects2014In: Archives QIRT 2014: Documents and sessions presented during the 12nd conference QIRT (Bordeaux, France), QIRT , 2014, p. 1-5Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An analytic solution to the heat equation is used to model the response of subsurface defects in pulsed thermography. The model is compared to measurement data and shows good agreement, both in spatial and temporaldomain. The capability of the model is then demonstrated by calculating the response of arbitrary defects at different depth. This model, even though simplified, can prove useful due to good accuracy and low computational time forcomparing analysis methods and for evaluating a thermography method on a new material or new type of defect.

  • 52.
    Broberg, Patrik
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems.
    Runnemalm, Anna
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems.
    Analysis algorithm for surface crack detection by thermography with UV light excitation2016In: Quantitative InfraRed Thermography 2016: Abstracts / [ed] Kaczmarek, M. & Bujnowski, A., Gdańsk, Poland: Publishing Gdańsk University of Technology , 2016, p. 144-149Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Surface crack defects can be detected by IR thermograpgy due to the high absorption of energy within the crack cavity. It is often difficult to detect the defect in the raw data, since the signal easily drowns in the background. It is therefore important to have good analysis algorithms that can reduce the background and enhance the defect. Here an analysis algorithm is presented which significantly increases the signal to noise ratio of the defects and reduces the image sequence from the camera to one image.

  • 53.
    Broberg, Patrik
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Runnemalm, Anna
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Detection of Surface Cracks in Welds using Active Thermography2012In: Proceedings18th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing: 16 - 20 April 2012, Durban, South Africa, South African Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (SAINT) , 2012, p. 1-5Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Surface cracks in welds can be detected using several non-destructive testing methods; among the more popular ones are eddy current, penetrant and magnetic particle testing. For an automatic inspection cell, the traditional techniques have limitations. Here we have investigated the possibility of using active thermography for detecting surface cracks in welds. This technique features advantages such as non-contact and high speed. The weld is illuminated using an infrared light source. Due to higher energy absorption in a surface crack, the defect will be identified as a hot spot when imaged by an infrared camera. Artificial weld defects (notches) are investigated by use of active thermography. Results from an inspection of real longitudinal cold cracks in a weld are also presented. The results show that active thermography looks promising for detection of even small cracks and notches, as long as they are open to the surface.

  • 54.
    Cederberg, Emil
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Influence of welding and additive manufacturing thermal cycles on microstructure and properties of super duplex stainless steel base and weld metal studied by a physical simulation technique2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Super duplex stainless steel (SDSS) is known for its excellent combination of high corrosion resistance and strength. However, the main limitations in SDSS applications are the risk of getting an imbalanced ferrite and austenite fraction and the sensitivity to form intermetallic phases at temperatures between approximately 600-1000 °C. During welding of SDSS, the welding parameters must be selected carefully in order to avoid formation of intermetallic phases such as sigma phase due to slow cooling or multiple reheating. In addition, special care is needed to have a balanced ferrite and austenite fraction. In this work, the influence of multiple thermal cycles and cooling rate on the microstructure of SDSS base and weld metal was investigated. A novel heat treatment method, using a stationary TIG arc, was performed to produce the samples. The test discs were composed of base and weld metal. Five samples were produced including 1, 5, and 15 passes of rapid cooling, one sample with medium cooling and one with slow cooling. The cooling time between 1000-700 °C was aimed at being similar for the pair of 5 passes and medium cooling and the other pair of 15 passes and slow cooling. The material was characterized by light optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy while hardness mapping and sensitization testing were employed to evaluate the properties. It was revealed that sigma phase was more prone to precipitate in the weld compared to the base metal when exposed to high ageing temperature and repeated thermal cycles. Slow cooling was found to promote sigma phase precipitation more than multiple reheating in the weld metal. In the base metal, a minor difference was found between the slowly cooled and multiple reheated samples. Rapid cooling in multiple reheating generated nitrides in the fusion boundary zone. As more reheating passes were applied, the amount of nitrides decreased. Multipass reheating cycles also resulted in increased hardness and nitrogen depletion adjacent to the fusion boundary zone causing the ferrite content to increase. Based on this study, less sigma phase precipitation in the weld metal was achieved when using multiple reheating passes with low heat input instead of a few passes with high heat input, providing equal accumulative heating time between 1000-700 °C. However, the influence of multiple reheating on the hardness was larger compared to slow cooling.

  • 55.
    Cernuschi, F.
    et al.
    RSE – Ricerca per il Sistema Energetico, Via Rubattino, 54, 20134 Milano.
    Lorenzoni, L.
    RSE – Ricerca per il Sistema Energetico, Via Rubattino, 54, 20134 Milano.
    Capelli, S.
    RSE – Ricerca per il Sistema Energetico, Via Rubattino, 54, 20134 Milano.
    Guardamagna, C.
    RSE – Ricerca per il Sistema Energetico, Via Rubattino, 54, 20134 Milano.
    Karger, M.
    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energieforschung IEF-1, 52425 Jülich.
    Vaßen, R.
    Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institut für Energieforschung IEF-1, 52425 Jülich.
    von Niessen, K.
    Sulzer Metco AG, Rigackerstr. 16, CH-5610, Wohlen.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Menuey, J.
    Snecma, 1 Rue Maryse Bastié, 86100 Châtellerault.
    Giolli, C.
    Turbocoating SpA, Via Mistrali 7, Rubbiano di Solignano,.
    Solid particle erosion of thermal spray and physical vapour deposition thermal barrier coatings2011In: Wear, Vol. 271, no 11-12, p. 2909-2918Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are used to protect hot path components of gas turbines from hot combustion gases. For a number of decades, in the case of aero engines TBCs are usually deposited by electron beam physical vapour deposition (EB-PVD). EB-PVD coatings have a columnar microstructure that guarantees high strain compliance and better solid particle erosion than PS TBCs. The main drawback of EB-PVD coating is the deposition cost that is higher than that of air plasma sprayed (APS) TBC. The major scientific and technical objective of the UE project TOPPCOAT was the development of improved TBC systems using advanced bonding concepts in combination with additional protective functional coatings. The first specific objective was to use these developments to provide a significant improvement to state-of-the-art APS coatings and hence provide a cost-effective alternative to EB-PVD. In this perspective one standard porous APS, two segmented APS, one EB-PVD and one PS-PVD™ were tested at 700°C in a solid particle erosion jet tester, with EB-PVD and standard porous APS being the two reference systems.Tests were performed at impingement angles of 30° and 90°, representative for particle impingement on trailing and leading edges of gas turbine blades and vanes, respectively. Microquartz was chosen as the erodent being one of the main constituents of sand and fly volcanic ashes. After the end of the tests, the TBC microstructure was investigated using electron microscopy to characterise the failure mechanisms taking place in the TBC.It was found that PS-PVD™ and highly segmented TBCs showed erosion rates comparable or better than EB-PVD samples. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  • 56.
    Charles Murgau, Corinne
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Avdelningen för svetsteknologi (SV).
    Microstructure model for Ti-6Al-4V used in simulation of additive manufacturing2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis is devoted to microstructure modelling of Ti-6Al-4V. The microstructure and the mechanical properties of titanium alloys are highly dependent on the temperature history experienced by the material. The developed microstructure model accounts for thermaldriving forces and is applicable for general temperature histories. It has been applied to study wire feed additive manufacturing processes that induce repetitive heating and cooling cycles.The microstructure model adopts internal state variables to represent the microstructure through microstructure constituents' fractions in finite element simulation. This makes it possible to apply the model efficiently for large computational models of general thermomechanical processes. The model is calibrated and validated versus literature data. It is applied to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding -also known as Tungsten Inert Gas welding-wire feed additive manufacturing process.Four quantities are calculated in the model: the volume fraction of phase, consisting of Widmanstätten, grain boundary, and martensite. The phase transformations during cooling are modelled based on diffusional theory described by a Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov formulation, except for diffusionless martensite formation where the Koistinen-Marburger equation is used. A parabolic growth rate equation is used for the to transformation upon heating. An added variable, structure size indicator of Widmanstätten, has also been implemented and calibrated. It is written in a simple Arrhenius format.The microstructure model is applied to in finite element simulation of wire feed additive manufacturing. Finally, coupling with a physically based constitutive model enables a comprehensive and predictive model of the properties that evolve during processing.

  • 57.
    Charles Murgau, Corinne
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Avdelningen för svetsteknologi (SV).
    Lundbäck, Andreas
    Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials, Luleå University of Technology, 971 81 Luleå, Sweden .
    Åkerfeldt, Pia
    Division of Materials Science, Luleå University of Technology, 971 81 Luleå, Sweden .
    Pederson, Robert
    GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, 461 81 Trollhättan, Sweden .
    Temperature and microstructure evolution in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding wire feed additive manufacturing of Ti-6Al-4VArticle in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Finite Element Method (FEM) is used to solve temperature field and microstructure evolution during GTAW wire feed additive manufacturing process.The microstructure of titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V is computed based on the temperature evolution in a point-wise logic. The methodology concerning the microstructural modeling is presented. A model to predict the thickness of the Į lath morphology is also implemented. The results from simulations are presented togethe rwith qualitative and quantitative microstructure analysis.

  • 58.
    Chazelas, Christophe
    et al.
    European Ceramic Center, SPCTS CNRS UMR 7315, University of Limoges, Limoges, France.
    Trelles, Juan Pablo
    Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, USA.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Vardelle, Armelle
    European Ceramic Center, SPCTS CNRS UMR 7315, University of Limoges, Limoges, France.
    Main issues for a fully predictive plasma spray torch model and numerical considerations2017In: Plasma chemistry and plasma processing, ISSN 0272-4324, E-ISSN 1572-8986, Vol. 37, no 3, p. 627-651Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Plasma spray is one of the most versatile and established techniques for the deposition of thick coatings that provide functional surfaces to protect or improve the performance of the substrate material. However, a greater understanding of plasma spray torch operation will result in improved control of process and coating properties and in the development of novel plasma spray processes and applications. The operation of plasma torches is controlled by coupled dynamic, thermal, chemical, electromagnetic, and acoustic phenomena that take place at different time and space scales. Computational modeling makes it possible to gain important insight into torch characteristics that are not practically accessible to experimental observations, such as the dynamics of the arc inside the plasma torch. This article describes the current main issues in carrying out plasma spray torch numerical simulations at a high level of fidelity. These issues encompass the use of non-chemical and non-thermodynamic equilibrium models, incorporation of electrodes with sheath models in the computational domain, and resolution of rapid transient events, including the so-called arc reattachment process. Practical considerations regarding model implementation are also discussed, particularly the need for the model to naturally reproduce the observed torch operation modes in terms of voltage and pressure fluctuations.

  • 59.
    Chen, Y.
    et al.
    University of Manchester, School of Materials, Manchester, United Kingdom.
    Zhao, X.
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced High-Temperature Materials and Precision Forming, Shanghai, China .
    Dang, Y.
    University of Manchester, School of Materials, Manchester, United Kingdom.
    Xiao, Ping
    University of Manchester, School of Materials, Manchester, United Kingdom.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Characterization and understanding of residual stresses in a NiCoCrAlY bond coat for thermal barrier coating application2015In: Acta Materialia, ISSN 1359-6454, E-ISSN 1873-2453, Vol. 94, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The residual stresses in a NiCoCrAlY bond coat deposited on a Ni-base superalloy substrate after oxidation at 1150 °C were studied by X-ray diffraction using the sin2Ψ technique. The stresses were found to be tensile; they first increased and then decreased with oxidation time. High temperature stress measurement indicated that the stress developed and built up upon cooling, predominantly within the temperature range from 1150 °C to 600 °C. Microstructural examination suggested that, due to the limited penetration depth into the bond coat, the X-ray only probed the stress in a thin surface layer consisting of the single γ-phase formed through Al depletion during oxidation. Quantitative high temperature X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that, above 600 °C, the volume fraction of the β-phase in the bond coat increased with decreasing temperature. The mechanisms of stress generation in the bond coat were examined and are discussed based on the experiments designed to isolate the contribution of possible stress generation factors. It was found that the measured bond coat stresses were mainly induced by the volume change of the bond coat associated with the precipitation of the β-phase upon cooling.

  • 60.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Gas tungsten arc models including the physics of the cathode layer: remaining issues2018In: Welding in the World, ISSN 0043-2288, E-ISSN 1878-6669, Vol. 62, no 1, p. 177-196Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A recent review pointed out that the existing models for gas tungsten arc coupling the electrode (a cathode) and the plasma are not yet complete enough. Their strength is to predict with good accuracy either the electric potential or the temperature field in the region delimited by the electrode and the workpiece. Their weakness is their poor ability to predict with good accuracy these two fields at once. However, both of these fields are important since they govern the heat flux to the workpiece through current density and temperature gradient. New developments have been made since then. They mainly concern the approaches addressing the electrode sheath (or space charge layer) that suffered from an underestimation of the arc temperature. These new developments are summarized and discussed, the modelling assumptions are examined, and important modelling issues that remain unexplored are underlined.

  • 61.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Johansson, J.
    Wigren, J.
    New powder port holder geometry to avoid lump formation in APS2005In: 17th international symposium on plasma chemistry (ISPC 17) :: Toronto, Canada, August 7th – 12th, 2005, 2005, p. OP7. 1-6Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A new geometry of the powder port ring holder used in atmospheric plasma spraying has recently been designed to avoid lump formation, and successfully tested for a set of process parameters associated with Ni-5Al powder used in production to form bond coat [1]. But with ZrO 2 powder used to made top coat, improvements were not enough satisfactory. Here, we investigate numerically the cause of the remaining defects, and further improve the ring geometry to prevent lump from forming in any part of the coating.

  • 62.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Javidi Shirvan, Alireza
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology.
    Nilsson, Håkan
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Applied Mechanics, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    A predictive model for gas tungsten arc heat source2016In: The 7th International Swedish Production Symposium, SPS16, Conference Proceedings: 25th – 27th of October 2016, Lund: Swedish Production Academy , 2016, p. 1-10Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gas tungsten arcs are used as heat sources in production processes such as welding and metal deposition.However, the most advanced of the existing gas tungsten arc models still lack predicting the arc temperature observed experimentally, unless imposing a priori the extent of the cathode arc attachment.Possible causes of this problem were investigated. It was concluded that the physical state of the arcing gas tungsten cathode was too simplified by the existing models. This oversimplification results in an overestimation of the cathode arc attachment area and an underestimation of the arc temperature field.An improved model was developed based only on physical criteria. It was tested by comparison with experimental measurements available in the literature. Good agreement with the temperature measured on the cathode surface and within the arc were obtained.

  • 63.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    et al.
    University West, Department of Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science.
    Lucquin-Desreuw, B
    Hydrodynamic limit for an arc discharge at atmospheric pressure2005In: Journal of statistical physics, ISSN 0022-4715, E-ISSN 1572-9613, Vol. 119, no 1-2, p. 197-239Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we study a partially ionized plasma that corresponds to an arc discharge at atmospheric pressure. We derive an inviscid hydrodynamic/diffusion limit, characterized by two temperatures, from a system of Boltzmann type transport equations modelling that plasma problem. The original property of this system is that impact ionization is a leading order collisional process. As a consequence, the density of electrons is given in terms of the density of the other species (and its temperature) via a Saha law.

  • 64.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Nilsson, Håkan
    Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Applied Mechanics, Gothenburg.
    Analysis of the Influence of the Composition of the Shielding Gas on Pressure Force and Heat Fluxes in Arc Welding2014In: Proceedings of The 6th International Swedish Production Symposium 2014 / [ed] Johan Stahre, Björn Johansson,Mats Björkman, 2014, p. 1-8Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A main problem raised by arc welding manufacturing is the determination ofthe optimal process parameters to ensure weld quality as well as resource efficient andsustainable production. To address this problem a better process understanding is required.In this study thermal magneto hydrodynamic modeling of a welding arc is used to reacha deeper insight into the influence of the composition of the shielding gas on the pressureforce and the heat fluxes to a workpiece. The model was implemented in the open sourcesimulation software OpenFOAM. Four different shielding gas mixtures combining argonand carbon dioxide were studied. When increasing the fraction of carbon dioxide the resultsshow a significant increase of the arc velocity and temperature with constriction of thetemperature field, a decrease of the pressure force and a significant increase of the heatfluxes on the base metal.

  • 65.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Nilsson, Håkan
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Sass-Tisovskaya, Margarita
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Modeling and simulation of a heat source in electric arc welding2011In: SPS11 : The 4th International Swedish Production Symposiom: Lund, 3-5 maj, 2011, 2011, p. 201-211Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focused on the modeling and simulation of a plasma heat source applied toelectric arc welding. The heat source was modeled in three space dimensions couplingthermal fluid mechanics with electromagnetism. Two approaches were considered forcalculating the magnetic field: i) three-dimensional, and ii) axi-symmetric. The anodeand cathode were treated as boundary conditions. The model was implemented in theopen source CFD software OpenFOAM-1.6.x. The electromagnetic part of the solverwas tested against analytic solution for an infinite electric rod. Perfect agreement wasobtained. The complete solver was tested against experimental measurements for GasTungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) with an axi-symmetric configuration. The shielding gaswas argon with thermodynamic and transport properties covering a temperature rangefrom 200 to 30 000 K. The numerical solutions then depend greatly on the approachused for calculating the magnetic field. The axi-symmetric approach indeed neglectsthe radial current density component, mainly resulting in a poor estimation of the arcvelocity. Various boundary conditions were set on the anode and cathode. Theseconditions, difficult to measure and to estimate a priori, significantly affect the plasmaheat source simulation results. Solution of the temperature and electromagnetic fieldsin the electrodes will thus be included in the forthcoming developments.

  • 66.
    Choquet, Isabelle
    et al.
    University West, Department of Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Wigren, J
    Deposition Rate Increase in APS Processes by Means of Multiple Injection Ports2004In: Thermal Spray 2004: Advances in Technology and Application: Proceedings of the International Thermal Spray Conference 10–12 May 2004, Osaka, Japan, 2004, p. 691-695Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 67.
    Christiansson, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Danielsson, Fredrik
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Heralic, Almir
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Ottosson, Mattias
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Hurtig, Kjell
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Automation of a robotised metal deposition system using laser melting of wire2008In: 18th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM 2008): Skövde, 30 June-2 July, 2008, p. 122-129Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a system for full automation of free-form-fabrication of fully dense metal structures using robotized laser melting of wire. The structure is built of beads of melted wire laid side by side and layer upon layer governed by synchronized robot motion. By full automation is here meant that the process starts with a product specification of a component, and ends in a geometrically validated dense metal component fulfilling industrial material requirements. Due to the complexity of this flexible manufacturing system, a number of different disciplines are involved. This paper discusses mainly the system design, which includes how off-line programming is used for automatic generation of code and how feedback control is used for on-line adjustment of parameters based on desired building properties. To meet industrial needs, the project is carried out in a close cooperation between research and development activities in academy and industry.

  • 68.
    Christiansson, Anna-Karin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Division for Electrical Engineering and Land Surveying.
    Ottosson, Mattias
    University West, Department of Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Division for Electrical Engineering and Land Surveying.
    Sensor and control system for metal deposition using robotised laser welding.2006In: 16th International Conference on Computer Technology in Welding and Manufacturing: Kiev, Ukraine, 2006, p. 328-332Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 69.
    Coll Ferrari, Maria Teresa
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    On the evolution of tempering carbides in a modified H!# and a modified H11 when hardening at 1000°2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hot- work tool steels require high austenitising temperature during hardening in order to yield the high tempering resistance that vanadium- rich carbides supply. Such grades, when offering high cleanness, are also used for plastic injection molding. The hardening temperature can then be lower, yielding a lower content of vanadium in the martensitic matrix and precipitating instead molybdenum-rich carbides, M2C- type, during tempering. M2C- type carbides are metastable and have high carbide/ matrix interface energy, which implies a greater driving force for coarsening than that in the MC- type. In this paper the carbide evolution in two hot- work grades hardened at 1000˚C, is studied after two and threetemperings. Type, size and distribution of tempering carbides were investigated with the help of TEM. Undissolved carbides were documented by SEM investigation and the microstructures classified by LOM. Hardness levels and Charpy V test results are also reported here.

  • 70.
    Coll Ferrari, Maria Teresa
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Andersson, J.
    Kvarnström, M.
    Influence of lowered austenitisation temperature during hardening on tempering resistance of modified H13 tool steel (Uddeholm Dievar)2013In: International Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, ISSN 1749-5156, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 129-132Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The surface of large tools will be exposed to the hardening temperature for longer times than the core. This might in occasions, result in grain growth. In order to prevent this, it has become practice to lower the hardening temperature. This paper presents the effect of this practice on the precipitation of tempering carbides and the tempering resistance of Uddeholm Dievar. Composition of equilibrium austenite and the undissolved carbides at two different hardening temperatures were estimated by Thermo Calc simulations and the calculations predict that the balance between the amounts of molybdenum and vanadium in the austenite is shifted towards more molybdenum at the lower austenitising temperature. Since molybdenum stabilises M2C precipitates, it was predicted also that the tempering carbides would be almost only M2C in the sample with the lower austenitising temperature, whereas for the higher austenitising temperature, the subsequent tempering would yield a mixture of the much more stable MC together with M2C. Samples were hardened at the simulated temperatures and tempered. The existing carbides were investigated with help of SEM and TEM. The result shows that a lowered austenitisation temperature decreases the tempering resistance. However, the transmission electron microscopy reveals that both samples have the same mixture of tempering carbides, as the samples do not reach thermodynamical equilibrium during the holding time at the hardening temperature. The lower austenitising temperature gives less tempering carbides as less alloying elements are dissolved.

  • 71.
    Coll Ferrari, María Teresa
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Effect of austenitising temperature and cooling rate on microstructures of hot-work tool steels2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The average size of hot-work tools has gradually increased over the past years.This affects the effective temperature cycle tools experience during hardening,as large dimensions prevent uniform and rapid cooling, and thereby the resulting microstructures and properties. In order to avoid the formation of coarse structures or cracking during heat treatment it has become common practise to lower the austenitising temperature below that recommended by the steel manufacturer.In this work, therefore, the effects of austenitising at temperatures lower thancommonly recommended are investigated. Three 5% Cr hot-work tool steelsalloyed with Mo and V were heat treated, resulting microstructures andtempering carbides were studied and transformation characteristics determined for different austenitising temperatures and different cooling rates. The temperatures and cooling rates have been chosen to be representative for heat treatments of different sizes of tools. Bainite rather than martensite formed during slow cooling regardless of austenitising temperature. A lowered austenitising temperature produced largeramounts of both bainite and retained austenite while a higher caused graingrowth. Carbon partitioning during the bainitic transformation resulted in anincrease of the carbon content in the retained austenite of at least 0.3 wt.%. The austenitising temperature influences also the type and amount of tempering carbides that precipitate, which affects the properties of the steel. Higher austenitising temperatures favour the precipitation of MC carbides during tempering. The Mo rich M2C type carbides were proven to be more prone to coarsening during service at 560°C-600°C, while V rich MC carbides preserve their fine distribution. A best practice heat treatment needs to balance the increase of grain size with increasing austenitising temperatures, with the possibility to form more tempering carbides. Higher austenitising temperatures also give less retained austenite, which can affect dimensional stability and toughness negatively after tempering

  • 72.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Design of Thermal Barrier Coating Systems2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBC’s) are used to provide both thermal insulation and oxidation protection to high temperature components within gas turbines. The development of turbines for power generation and aviation has led to designs where the operation conditions exceed the upper limits of most conventional engineering materials. As a result there has been a drive to improve thermal barrier coatings to allow the turbine to operate at higher temperatures for longer.

    The focus of this thesis has been to design thermal barrier coatings with lower conductivity and longer lifetime than those coatings used in industry today. The work has been divided between the development of new generation air plasma spray (APS) TBC coatings for industrial gas turbines and the development of suspension plasma spray (SPS) TBC systems.

    The route taken to achieve these goals with APS TBC’s has been twofold. Firstly an alternative stabiliser has been chosen for the zirconium oxide system in the form of dysprosia. Secondly, control of the powder morphology and spray parameters has been used to generate coating microstructures with favourable levels of porosity.

    In terms of development of SPS TBC systems, these coatings are relatively new with many of the critical coating parameters not yet known. The focus of the work has therefore been to characterise their lifetime and thermal properties when produced in a complete TBC system.

    Results demonstrate that dysprosia as an alternative stabiliser gives a reduction in thermal conductivity. While small at room temperature and in the as produced state; the influence becomes more pronounced at high temperatures and with longer thermal exposure time. The trade-off for this lowered thermal conductivity may be in the loss of high temperature stability. Overall, the greatest sustained influence on thermal conductivity has been from creating coatings with high levelsof porosity.

    In relation to lifetime, double the thermo-cyclic fatigue (TCF) life relative to the industrial standard was achieved using a coating with engineered porosity. Introducing a polymer to the spray powder helps to generate large globular pores within the coating together with a large number of delaminations. Such a structure was shown to be highly resistant to TCF testing.

    SPS TBC’s were shown to have much greater performance relative to their APS counterparts in thermal shock life, TCF life and thermal conductivity. Columnar SPS coatings are a prospective alternative for strain tolerant coatings in gas turbine engines.

  • 73.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering. University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West. Treibacher AG, Austria.
    Feedstock for SPS and SPPS: Properties and Processing2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 74.
    Curry, Nicholas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Suspension plasma spray: how suspension properties and spray parameters influence coating possibilities2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 75.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Janikowski, Wysomir
    University of Manchester.
    Pala, Zdenek
    Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Plasma Physics.
    Vilémová, Monica
    Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Plasma Physics.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Impact of Impurity Content on the Sintering Resistance and Phase Stability of Dysprosia- and Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Thermal Barrier Coatings2014In: Journal of thermal spray technology (Print), ISSN 1059-9630, E-ISSN 1544-1016, Vol. 23, no 1-2, p. 160-169Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dysprosia-stabilized zirconia (DySZ) is a promising candidate to replace yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) as a thermal barrier coating due to its lower inherent thermal conductivity. It is also suggested in studies that DySZ may show greater stability to high temperature phase changes compared to YSZ, possibly allowing for coatings with extended lifetimes. Separately, the impurity content of YSZ powders has been proven to influence high-temperature sintering behavior. By lowering the impurity oxides within the spray powder, a coating more resistant to sintering can be produced. This study presents both high purity and standard purity dysprosia and YSZ coatings and their performance after a long heat treatment. Coatings were produced using powder with the same morphology and grain size; only the dopant and impurity content were varied. Samples have been heat treated for exposure times up to 400 h at a temperature of 1150 °C. Samples were measured for thermal conductivity to plot the evolution of coating thermal properties with respect to exposure time. Thermal conductivity has been compared to microstructure analysis and porosity measurement to track structural changes. Phase analysis utilizing x-ray diffraction was used to determine differences in phase degradation of the coatings after heat treatment. © 2013 ASM International.

  • 76.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Janikowski, Wyszomir
    University of Mancheste.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Impact of impurity content on the sintering resistance of dysprosia and yttria stabilised zirconia thermal barrier coatings2013In: Proceedings of the International Thermal Spray Conference / [ed] Editor: Rogerio S. Lima, Arvind Agarwal, Margaret M. Hyland, Yuk-Chiu Lau, Georg Mauer, André McDonald, and Filofteia-Laura, ASM International, 2013, p. 557-563Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dysprosia stabilised zirconia (DySZ) is a promising candidate to replace yttria stabilised zirconia (YSZ) as a thermal barrier coating due to its lower inherent thermal conductivity. It is also suggested in studies that DySZ may show greater stability to high temperature phase changes compared to YSZ, possibly allowing for coatings with extended lifetimes. Separately, the impurity content of YSZ powders has been proven to influence high temperature sintering behaviour. By lowering the impurity oxides within the spray powder, a coating more resistant to sintering can be produced. This study presents both high purity and standard purity dysprosia and yttria stabilised zirconia coatings and their performance after a long heat treatment. Coatings were produced using powder with the same morphology and grain size; only the dopant and impurity content were varied. Samples have been heat treated for exposure times up to 400 hours at a temperature of 1150°C. Samples were subsequently measured for thermal conductivity to plot the evolution of coating thermal properties with respect to exposure time. Thermal conductivity has been compared to microstructure analysis and porosity measurement to track structural changes due to sintering.

  • 77.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science.
    Goddard, Caroline
    Manchester University.
    Influence of Sensor contact on the Thermal Conductivity Values of Thermal Barrier Coatings: Part 1 Experimental2010In: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies: 7-9 sept, Dresden, 2010, p. 317-327Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 78.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Turbomachinery.
    Tricoire, Aurelien
    Volvo Aero Corp.
    Dorfman, Mitch
    Sulzer Metco.
    Next Generation Thermal Barrier Coatings for the Gas Turbine Industry2010In: Journal of thermal spray technology (Print), ISSN 1059-9630, E-ISSN 1544-1016, ISSN 1059-9630, Vol. 20, no 1-2, p. 108-115Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to develop the next generation of production ready air plasma sprayed thermalbarrier coating with a low conductivity and long lifetime. A number of coating architectures wereproduced using commercially available plasma spray guns. Modifications were made to powder chemistry,including high purity powders, dysprosia stabilized zirconia powders, and powders containingporosity formers. Agglomerated & sintered and homogenized oven spheroidized powder morphologieswere used to attain beneficial microstructures. Dual layer coatings were produced using the two powders.Laser flash technique was used to evaluate the thermal conductivity of the coating systems from roomtemperature to 1200 C. Tests were performed on as-sprayed samples and samples were heat treated for100 h at 1150 C. Thermal conductivity results were correlated to the coating microstructure using imageanalysis of porosity and cracks. The results show the influence of beneficial porosity on reducing thethermal conductivity of the produced coatings.

  • 79.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Tricoire, Aurelien
    Dorfman, Mitchell
    Next Generation Thermal Barrier Coatings for the Gas Turbine Industry2010In: Proceedings of the Thermal Spray: Global Solutions for Future Application (ITSC 2010) Conference: Singapore, May 3-5, 2010, 2010, p. 716-722Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 80.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, Finspong, Sweden.
    Tricoire, Aurélien
    Volvo Aero, Trollhättan.
    Dorfman, Mitch
    Sulzer Metco, Westbury, United States.
    Next generation thermal barrier coatings for the gas turbine industry2011In: Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 20, no 1-2, p. 108-115Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to develop the next generation of production ready air plasma sprayed thermal barrier coating with a low conductivity and long lifetime. A number of coating architectures were produced using commercially available plasma spray guns. Modifications were made to powder chemistry, including high purity powders, dysprosia stabilized zirconia powders, and powders containing porosity formers. Agglomerated & sintered and homogenized oven spheroidized powder morphologies were used to attain beneficial microstructures. Dual layer coatings were produced using the two powders. Laser flash technique was used to evaluate the thermal conductivity of the coating systems from room temperature to 1200 °C. Tests were performed on as-sprayed samples and samples were heat treated for 100 h at 1150 °C. Thermal conductivity results were correlated to the coating microstructure using image analysis of porosity and cracks. The results show the influence of beneficial porosity on reducing the thermal conductivity of the produced coatings. © 2010 ASM International.

  • 81.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Östergren, Lars
    Volvo Aero Corporation, Trollhättan.
    Li, Xin-Hai
    Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, Finspång.
    Dorfman, Mitch
    Sulzer Metco, Westbury, USA.
    Evaluation of the Lifetime and Thermal Conductivity of Dysprosia-Stabilized Thermal Barrier Coating Systems2013In: Journal of thermal spray technology (Print), ISSN 1059-9630, E-ISSN 1544-1016, Vol. 22, no 6, p. 864-872Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was the further development of dysprosia stabilised zirconia coatings for gas turbine applications. The target for these coatings was a longer lifetime and higher insulating performance compared to today's industrial stan dard thermal barrier coating. Two morphologies of ceramic top coat were studied; one using a dual layer systems and the second using a polymer to generate porosity. Evaluations were carried out using laser flash technique to measure thermal properties. Lifetime testing was conducted using thermal shock testing and thermo-cyclic fatigue testing. Microstructure was assessed with SEM and Image analysis used to characterise porosity content. The results show that coatings with an engineered microstructure give performance twice that of the present reference coating.

  • 82.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    Tang, Zhaolin
    Northwest Mettech Corp., Vancouver, Canada.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Nylén, Per
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Influence of Bond Coat Surface Roughness on the Structure of Axial Suspension Plasma Spray Thermal Barrier Coatings - Thermal and Lifetime Performance2015In: Surface & Coatings Technology, ISSN 0257-8972, E-ISSN 1879-3347, Vol. 268, no April, p. 15-23Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 83.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering.
    VanEvery, Kent
    Progressive Surface, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA .
    Snyder, Todd
    Progressive Surface, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA.
    Markocsan, Nicolaie
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Thermal Conductivity Analysis and Lifetime Testing of Suspension Plasma-Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings2014In: Coatings, ISSN 2079-6412, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 630-650Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Suspension plasma spraying (SPS) has become an interesting method for the production of thermal barrier coatings for gas turbine components. The development of the SPS process has led to structures with segmented vertical cracks or column-like structures that can imitate strain-tolerant air plasma spraying (APS) or electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) coatings. Additionally, SPS coatings can have lower thermal conductivity than EB-PVD coatings, while also being easier to produce. The combination of similar or improved properties with a potential for lower production costs makes SPS of great interest to the gas turbine industry. This study compares a number of SPS thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) with vertical cracks or column-like structures with the reference of segmented APS coatings. The primary focus has been on lifetime testing of these new coating systems. Samples were tested in thermo-cyclic fatigue at temperatures of 1100 °C for 1 h cycles. Additional testing was performed to assess thermal shock performance and erosion resistance. Thermal conductivity was also assessed for samples in their as-sprayed state, and the microstructures were investigated using SEM

  • 84.
    Curry, Nicholas
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes. Treibacher Industrie AG, Althofen 9330, Austria.
    VanEvery, Kent
    Progressive Surface, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA.
    Snyder, Todd
    Progressive Surface, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA.
    Susnjar, Johann
    Treibacher Industrie AG, Althofen 9330, Austria.
    Björklund, Stefan
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Performance Testing of Suspension Plasma Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings Produced with Varied Suspension Parameters2015In: Coatings, ISSN 2079-6412, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 338-356Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Suspension plasma spraying has become an emerging technology for the production of thermal barrier coatings for the gas turbine industry. Presently, though commercial systems for coating production are available, coatings remain in the development stage. Suitable suspension parameters for coating production remain an outstanding question and the influence of suspension properties on the final coatings is not well known. For this study, a number of suspensions were produced with varied solid loadings, powder size distributions and solvents. Suspensions were sprayed onto superalloy substrates coated with high velocity air fuel (HVAF) -sprayed bond coats. Plasma spray parameters were selected to generate columnar structures based on previous experiments and were maintained at constant to discover the influence of the suspension behavior on coating microstructures. Testing of the produced thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems has included thermal cyclic fatigue testing and thermal conductivity analysis. Pore size distribution has been characterized by mercury infiltration porosimetry. Results show a strong influence of suspension viscosity and surface tension on the microstructure of the produced coatings.

  • 85. DAS, D.K.
    et al.
    Singh, Vakil
    Joshi, Shrikant V.
    High temperature oxidation behaviour of directionally solidified nickel base superalloy CM–247LC2003In: Materials Science and Technology, ISSN 0267-0836, E-ISSN 1743-2847, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 695-708Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present paper describes the isothermal and cyclic oxidation behaviour of the technologically important nickel base directionally solidified superalloy CM-247LC in air in the temperature range 1000-1200°C. This superalloy behaves as a transition nickel base alloy under isothermal oxidation conditions and exhibits a fairly long transient oxidation period (~20 h at 1100°C). Irrespective of the temperature of exposure and nature of oxidation (isothermal or cyclic), a composite oxide scale develops on CM-247LC. While the outer portion of the oxide scale consists of either spinel (NiAl2O4) or a mixture of spinel and NiO, depending on oxidation temperature, the inner portion is always constituted of alumina. Beyond the transient period, the alloy is found to follow parabolic oxidation kinetics. The oxide layer that forms is invariably very non-uniform in thickness, and is dispersed with two types of oxide particles. While tantalum rich oxide particles are found scattered in the outer zone of the oxide layer, hafnium rich oxide particles lie close to the oxide/metal interface. Results also reveal that the nature of oxidation associated with the CM-247LC superalloy causes entrapment of metal islands in the oxide layer.

  • 86.
    Das, Kallol
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science.
    Eynian, Mahdi
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Wretland, Anders
    GKN Aerospace Engine Systems AB, Trollhättan, Sweden.
    Effect of tool wear on quality in drilling of titaniumalloy Ti6Al4V, Part II: Microstructure and Microhardness2017In: High speed machining, E-ISSN 2299-3975, Vol. 3, p. 11-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Drilling of Ti6Al4V with worn tools can introduce superficial and easily measured features such as increase of cutting forces, entry and exit burrs and surface quality issues and defects. Such issues were presented in the part I of this paper. In part II, subsurface quality alterations,such as changes of the microstructure and microhardness variation is considered by preparing metallographic sections and measurement, mapping of the depth of grain deformation, and microhardness in these sections. Drastic changes in the microstructure and microhardness were found in sections drilled with drills with large wear lands,particularly in the dry cutting tests. These measurements emphasize the importance of detection of tool wear and ensuring coolant flow in drilling of holes in titanium components.

  • 87.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Electrical and Automation Engineering.
    Robotic Friction Stir Welding for Flexible Production2012Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a modern welding process that joins materials by frictional heat, generated by a rotating tool. Unlike other welding processes, the material never melts, which is beneficial for the weld properties. FSW is already widely adopted in several industries but the applications are limited to simple geometries like straight lines or circular welds, mostly in aluminium. The welding operation is performed by rigid FSW machines, which deliver excellent welds but puts limitations on the system in terms of flexibility and joint geometries. Therefore, several research groups are working on the implementation of the FSW process on industrial robots. A robot allows welding of three-dimensional geometries and increases the flexibility of the whole system. The high process forces required for FSW, in combination with the limited stiffness of the robot brings some extra complexity to the system.  The limitations of the robot system are addressed in this licentiate thesis.

    One part of the thesis studies the effect of robot deflections on the weld quality. A sensor-based solution is presented that measures the path deviation and compensates this deviation by modifying the robot trajectory. The tool deviation is reduced to an acceptable tolerance and root defects in the weld are hereby eliminated. The sensor-based method provided better process understanding, leading to a new strategy that uses existing force-feedback for path compensations of the tool. This method avoids extra sensors and makes the system less complex. Another part of this work focuses on the extra complexity to maintain a stable welding process on more advanced geometries. A model is presented that allows control of the heat input in the process by control of the downforce. Finally, the robot’s limitations in terms of maximal hardness of the materials to be welded are investigated. Parameter tuning and implementation of preheating are proposed to allow robotic FSW of superalloys.

  • 88.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation and Computer Engineering.
    Three-dimensional friction stir welding of inconel 718 using the ESAB Rosio FSW-Robot2013In: ASM Proceedings of the International Conference: Trends in Welding Research, Chicago, IL, 2013, p. 829-833Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Robotic Friction Stir Welding (FSW) facilitates for increased welding flexibility, and allows for studies of forces in three dimensions without having the high cost of a stiff 5-axes FSW machine. Recent developments in tool materials and welding equipment motivate this study on FSW of high-strength alloys by a robot in a three dimensional workspace. New concepts of aircraft engines suggest higher temperatures to increase engine efficiency, requiring more durable materials such as the nickel-based alloy 718. The ESAB Rosio™ FSW robot, used in this study, can deliver up to 15kN downforce and 90Nm torque. This is sufficient for welding high-strength alloys of limited thickness. This study focuses on the process forces during friction stir welding of Inconel 718 with thickness up to 3mm in butt-joint configuration. A newly developed threaded Poly-Crystalline Boron Nitride (PCBN) tool with convex shoulder is used in a local argon-shielded atmosphere. Initial tests are performed in a stiff FSW machine in position controlled mode. The measured process forces in position control are later on used as parameters on the force-controlled robot. Different backing bar materials are investigated with the aim to decrease the risk of root defects. Tool steel and regular inconel backing bars are proven to be too soft for this purpose and alternatives are suggested. The optimal welding parameters are tuned to combine a good weld quality with the process forces that can be obtained by the robot. Preheating is used to further decrease the need of high process forces. Copyright © 2013 ASM International® All rights reserved.

  • 89.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation and Computer Engineering.
    Bolmsjö, Gunnar
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation and Computer Engineering.
    Thermoelectric method for temperature measurement in friction stir welding2013In: Science and technology of welding and joining, ISSN 1362-1718, E-ISSN 1743-2936, Vol. 18, no 7, p. 541-550Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research within friction stir welding (FSW) has demonstrated that online control of welding parameters can improve the mechanical properties and is necessary for certain applications to guarantee a consistent weld quality. One approach to control the process is by adapting the heat input to maintain a stable welding temperature, within the specified operating boundaries. This requires accurate in-process temperature measurements. This paper presents a novel method to measure the temperature at the interface of the FSW tool and workpiece. The method is based on the thermoelectric effect between dissimilar materials. The measurements are compared to thermocouple measurements and to a physical model and show good correspondence to each other. Experiments demonstrate that the method can quickly detect temperature variations, due to geometrical variations of the workpiece or due to parameter changes. This allows use of the method for online control of robotic FSW.

  • 90.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation and Computer Engineering.
    Bolmsjö, Gunnar
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation and Computer Engineering.
    Christiansson, Anna-Karin
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation and Computer Engineering.
    Temperature control of robotic friction stir welding using the thermoelectric effect2014In: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, ISSN 0268-3768, E-ISSN 1433-3015, Vol. 70, no 1-4, p. 375-383Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Friction stir welding (FSW) of non-linear joints receives an increasing interest from several industrial sectors like automotive, urban transport and aerospace. A force-controlled robot is particularly suitable for welding complex geometries in lightweight alloys. However, complex geometries including three-dimensional joints, non-constant thicknesses and heat sinks such as clamps cause varying heat dissipation in the welded product. This will lead to changes in the process temperature and hence an unstable FSW process with varying mechanical properties. Furthermore, overheating can lead to a meltdown, causing the tool to sink down into the workpiece. This paper describes a temperature controller that modifies the spindle speed to maintain a constant welding temperature. A newly developed temperature measurement method is used which is able to measure the average tool temperature without the need for thermocouples inside the tool. The method is used to control both the plunging and welding operation. The developments presented here are applied to a robotic FSW system and can be directly implemented in a production setting.

  • 91.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation Systems.
    Christiansson, Anna-Karin
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Automation Systems.
    Surface Quality and Strength in Robotic Friction Stir Welding of Thin Automotive Aluminium Alloys2011In: The 4th International Swedish Production Symposium / [ed] Jan-Eric Ståhl, The Swedish Production Academy , 2011, p. 554-562Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a novel method for joining materials without using consumablesand without melting the materials. It uses a rotating tool that creates frictionalheat and mixes the materials mechanically together. Robotic application of FSW allowsthree-dimensional welding of light-weight metals in e.g. the automotive industry. TheStiRoLight project is driven by Saab Automobile AB and performed at University Westfor investigation of robotic FSW of three-dimensional welding seams. It aims to introduceFSW in the automotive production line. This paper describes the effect of penetrationdepth of the FSW tool during force controlled robotic welding of thin (< 2 mm) aluminium inoverlap configuration. The influence of pin length on strength of welded aluminium sheetsis investigated using tensile and peel tests. The main limiting factor for penetration depthis the surface quality on the backside of the weld, which often is important in automotiveapplications. Further, the roughness of the plates on the backside is measured and relatedto pin length and backing bar properties. This paper shows a relation between penetrationdepth and tensile strength, and suggests an optimal pin length to guarantee a good weldquality while maintaining an acceptable surface quality. The influence of sheet thicknesstolerance is also discussed. Knowledge is fed back to designers and manufacturingengineers to facilitate for use in production with guaranteed product quality.

  • 92.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production System. TWI Ltd, Cambridge, UK.
    Martin, Jonathan
    TWI Ltd, Cambridge, UK.
    Wei, Sam
    TWI Ltd, Cambridge, UK.
    Robotic Stationary Shoulder FSW: benefits and limitations2016In: Conference proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 93.
    De Backer, Jeroen
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Electrical and Automation Engineering.
    Soron, Mikael
    ESAB Welding AB .
    Ilar, Torbjörn
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering.
    Christiansson, Anna-Karin
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.
    Friction stir welding with robot for light vehicle design2010In: Proceedings from the 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium: Timmendorfer Strand, Germany 18-20 May 2010, The Welding Institute , 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Reducing weight is one of the enablers to design more environmentally friendly vehicles. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) supports low weight design through its capability to join different combinations of light weight materials, e.g. different aluminium alloys, but also through its possibilities in producing continuous joints. StiRoLight is a recently started project for robotised FSW for joining of light weight materials emphasising on the vehicle industry, an industry with a long-time experience of robotic welding. The first task involves investigation of force feedback for maintaining the desired contact force. Another important aspect in robotised FSW is the compliance of the robot, which may result in deviations from the pre-programmed path as a result of the high process forces experienced during the welding operation. The further exploration of three-dimensional FSW seams and definition of the process windows will be part of further research within this project.

  • 94.
    de Souza Amaral, Thiago
    et al.
    CBMM, Araxá, MG, Brasil.
    Carboneri Carboni, Marcelo
    CBMM, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
    Scotti, Americo
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Welding Technology. Universidade Federal de Uberlândia – UFU, Uberlândia, MG, Bras.
    Avaliação da Aplicação de um Atlas de Soldagem de um Aço Bainítico Microligado ao Nióbio: Application Assessment of a Welding Atlas of a Niobium Microalloyed Bainitic Steel2017In: Soldagem & Inspeção, ISSN 0104-9224, E-ISSN 1980-6973, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 163-173Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Niobium microalloyed steels have shown to be an excellent solution for fabrication of structural beams, employing concepts already developed for the oil and gas industry. However, the definition of the actual welding related needs of this family of bainite steels is not well described in the welding standards mostly used in the structural construction sector. This paper demonstrates the construction and assessment of a Welding Atlas, built from using physical simulations (Gleeble and dilatrometry) and mechanical tests of the simulated specimens. The objective is to have the Atlas as a guiding tool to improve the parametrization for welding this class of steels. The proposal methodology was applied to a HSLA bainitic steel class 65 ksi. It was possible to determine with more accuracy the recommended energy range of the weld, including the need or not of preheating, and show that they were comparable with actual welds. The methodology shows benefits including a safer parametrization and cost savings resulting from unnecessary preheating elimination.

  • 95.
    Devotta, Ashwin
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Beno, Tomas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes.
    Löf, Ronnie
    Sandvik Coromant AB, Sandviken, Sweden.
    FE Modelling and Characterization of Chip Curl in Nose Turning processIn: International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials, ISSN 1748-572XArticle in journal (Refereed)
  • 96.
    Devotta, Ashwin Moris
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Characterization & modeling of chip flow angle & morphology in 2D & 3D turning process2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Within manufacturing of metallic components, machining plays an important role and is of vital significance to ensure process reliability. From a cutting tool design perspective,  tool macro geometry  design  based on physics based  numerical modelling  is highly needed  that can predict chip morphology.  The chip morphology describes the chip shape geometry and the chip curl geometry. The prediction of chip flow and chip shape is vital in predicting chip breakage, ensuring good chip evacuation and lower surface roughness.  To this end, a platform where such a  numerical model’s chip morphology prediction  can be compared with experimental investigation is needed and is the focus of this work. The studied cutting processes are orthogonal cutting process and nose turning process. Numerical models that simulate the chip formation process are employed to predict the chip morphology and are accompanied by machining experiments. Computed tomography is used  to scan the chips obtained from machining experiments and its ability to capture the variation in  chip morphology  is evaluated.  For nose turning process,  chip  curl parameters during the cutting process are to be calculated. Kharkevich model is utilized in this regard to calculate the  ‘chip in process’ chip curl parameters. High speed videography is used to measure the chip side flow angle during the cutting process experiments and are directly compared to physics based model predictions. The results show that the methodology developed provides  the framework where advances in numerical models can be evaluated reliably from a chip morphology prediction capability view point for nose turning process. The numerical modeling results show that the chip morphology variation for varying cutting conditions is predicted qualitatively. The results of quantitative evaluation of chip morphology prediction shows that the error in prediction is too large to be used for predictive modelling purposes.

  • 97.
    Devotta, Ashwin Moris
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Beno, Tomas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes. University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Characterization of Chip Morphology in Oblique Nose Turning employing High Speed Videography and Computed Tomography Technique2016In: Proceedings International Conference on Competitive manufacturing: January 27, 2016 – January 29, 2016 Stellenbosch, South Africa, Conference on Assembly Technologies & Systems (CIRP), 2016, p. 249-254Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 98.
    Devotta, Ashwin Moris
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West. R&D Turning, Sandvik Coromant, Sandviken.
    Beno, Tomas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Löf, Ronnie
    R&D Turning, Sandvik Coromant, Sandviken.
    Finite element modelling and characterisation of chip curl in nose turning process2017In: International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials, E-ISSN 1748-572X, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 277-295Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Finite element (FE) modelling of machining provide valuable insights into its deformation mechanics. Evaluating an FE model predicted chip morphology requires characterisation of chip shape, chip curl and chip flow angles. In this study, a chip morphology characterisation methodology is developed using computed tomography (CT), high-speed imaging and Kharkevich model equations enabling evaluation of FE model’s chip morphology prediction accuracy. Chip formation process in nose turning of AISI 1045 steel is simulated using a 3D FE model for varying feed rate and depth of cut and evaluated against experimental investigations using the employed methodology. The study shows that the methodology is able to characterise chip morphology in nose turning process accurately and enables evaluation of FE model’s chip morphology prediction accuracy. This can enable the finite element model to be deployed in cutting tool design for chip breaker geometry design.

  • 99.
    Devotta, Ashwin Moris
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Beno, Tomas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Manufacturing Processes. University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Löf, Ronnie
    Sandvik Coromant AB, Sandviken, Sweden.
    Modeling of Chip curl in Orthogonal Turning using Spiral Galaxy describing Function2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 100.
    Devotta, Ashwin Moris
    et al.
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Research Enviroment Production Technology West.
    Beno, Tomas
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Siriki, Ravendra
    Sandvik Materials Technology, Sandviken, Sweden.
    Löf, Ronnie
    Sandvik Coromant AB, Sandviken, Sweden.
    Eynian, Mahdi
    University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing.
    Finite Element Modeling and Validation of Chip Segmentation in Machining of AISI 1045 Steel2017In: Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271, E-ISSN 2212-8271, Vol. 58, p. 499-504Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The finite element (FE) method based modeling of chip formation in machining provides the ability to predict output parameters like cutting forces and chip geometry. One of the important characteristics of chip morphology is chip segmentation. Majority of the literature within chip segmentation show cutting speed (vc) and feed rate (f) as the most influencing input parameters. The role of tool rake angle (α) on chip segmentation is limited and hence, the present study is aimed at understanding it. In addition, stress triaxiality’s importance in damage model employed in FE method in capturing the influence of α on chip morphology transformation is also studied. Furthermore, microstructure characterization of chips was carried out using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to understand the chip formation process for certain cutting conditions. The results show that the tool α influences chip segmentation phenomena and that the incorporation of a stress triaxiality factor in damage models is required to be able to predict the influence of the α. The variation of chip segmentation frequency with f is predicted qualitatively but the accuracy of prediction needs improvement. © 2017 The Authors.

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