Numerical Modelling and Mitigation Technique of Welding Distortion for Fillet Welding of Aluminum Plate

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Numerical Modelling and Mitigation Technique of Welding Distortion for Fillet Welding of Aluminum Plate

M. Tsunori, M. Mouri, S. Saso, H. Kusumoto

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Abstract. In marine and offshore industries, aluminium welding processes are often used especially for floating LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) production, storage and LNG fuelled vessels. Welding distortions of aluminium plates are known to be larger than that of steel, so it is desired to mitigate the distortion. Also, numerical models of welding distortion prior to a manufacturing of components are expected in order to improve products. Finite element models of welding residual stresses and distortions on aluminium plates by using the commercial finite element code ABAQUS were developed in this study. A mixed material hardening model was employed in order to simulate aluminium material behaviours. In addition, a mitigation technique of distortions by in-process additional heating of plate bottom side was investigated by using the developed numerical models. The finite element models were validated by experiments which distortions and temperature histories of MIG fillet welding were measured. Experiments of in-process additional heating of plate bottom side were also conducted and results were compared with the simulation. The simulations and the experiments showed that the mitigation technique proposed in this study was able to achieve a reduction of distortions for aluminium fillet welding.

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Weld Distortion, Residual Stress, In-Process Heating, Finite Element Method

Published online 12/22/2016, 6 pages
Copyright © 2016 by the author(s)
Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: M. Tsunori, M. Mouri, S. Saso, H. Kusumoto, ‘Numerical Modelling and Mitigation Technique of Welding Distortion for Fillet Welding of Aluminum Plate’, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 2, pp 395-400, 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21741/9781945291173-67

The article was published as article 67 of the book Residual Stresses 2016

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