Experimental and numerical investigation on under-water friction stir welding of armour grade AA2519-T87 aluminium alloy

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S. Sree Sabari ; S. Malarvizhi ; V. Balasubramanian ; G. Madusudhan Reddy (2016)
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Journal: Defence Technology, volume 12, issue 4, pages 324-333 (issn: 2214-9147)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.dt.2016.02.003
  • Subject: Underwater friction stir welding | Military Science | Friction stir welding | U | Aluminium alloy | Finite element analysis | Microstructural characteristics | Mechanical properties

Friction stir welding (FSW) is a promising welding process that can join age hardenable aluminium alloys with high joint efficiency. However, the thermal cycles experienced by the material to be joined during FSW resulted in the deterioration of mechanical properties due to the coarsening and dissolution of strengthening precipitates in the thermo-mechanical affected zone (TMAZ) and heat affected zone (HAZ). Under water friction stir welding (UWFSW) is a variant of FSW process which can maintain low heat input as well as constant heat input along the weld line. The heat conduction and dissipation during UWFSW controls the width of TMAZ and HAZ and also improves the joint properties. In this investigation, an attempt has been made to evaluate the mechanical properties and microstructural characteristics of AA2519-T87 aluminium alloy joints made by FSW and UWFSW processes. Finite element analysis has been used to estimate the temperature distribution and width of TMAZ region in both the joints and the results have been compared with experimental results and subsequently correlated with mechanical properties.
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