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dc.contributor.advisorBammann, Douglas J.
dc.contributor.authorFlorea, Radu Stefanel
dc.date2012
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-04T15:51:01Z
dc.date.available2020-09-04T15:51:01Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11668/19668
dc.description.abstractThis comprehensive study is the first to quantify the fatigue performance, failure loads, and microstructure of resistance spot welding (RSW) in 6061-T6 aluminum (Al) alloy according to welding parameters and process sensitivity. The extensive experimental, theoretical and simulated analyses will provide a framework to optimize the welding of lightweight structures for more fuel-efficient automotive and military applications. The research was executed in four primary components. The first section involved using electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) scanning, tensile testing, laser beam profilometry (LBP) measurements, and optical microscopy(OM) images to experimentally investigate failure loads and deformation of the Al-alloy resistance spot welded joints. Three welding conditions, as well as nugget and microstructure characteristics, were quantified according to predefined process parameters. Quasi-static tensile tests were used to characterize the failure loads in specimens based upon these same process parameters. Profilometer results showed that increasing the applied welding current deepened the weld imprints. The EBSD scans revealed the strong dependency between the grain sizes and orientation function on the process parameters. For the second section, the fatigue behavior of the RSW’ed joints was experimentally investigated. The process optimization included consideration of the forces, currents, and times for both the main weld and post-heating. Load control cyclic tests were conducted on single weld lap-shear joint coupons to characterize the fatigue behavior in spot welded specimens. Results demonstrate that welding parameters do indeed significantly affect the microstructure and fatigue performance for these welds. The third section comprised residual strains of resistance spot welded joints measured in three different directions, denoted as in-plane longitudinal, in-plane transversal, and normal, and captured on the fusion zone, heat affected zone and base metal of the joints. Neutron diffraction results showed residual stresses in the weld are approximately 40% lower than the yield strength of the parent material, with maximum variation occurring in the vertical position of the specimen because of the orientation of electrode clamping forces that produce a non-uniform solidification pattern. In the final section a theoretical continuum modeling framework for 6061-T6 aluminum resistance spot welded joints is presented.
dc.publisherMississippi State University
dc.subject.lccAluminum-magnesium-silicon alloys--Welding--Simulation methods.
dc.subject.lccAluminum-magnesium-silicon alloys--Heat treatment--Testing.
dc.subject.lccElectric welding--Simulation methods.
dc.subject.lccAluminum-magnesium-silicon alloys--Fatigue.
dc.subject.lccAluminum-magnesium-silicon alloys--Heat treatment--Simulation methods.
dc.subject.lccResidual stresses.
dc.subject.otherwelding
dc.subject.otheraluminum
dc.subject.otherfailure loads
dc.subject.otherfatigue
dc.subject.otherlaser beam profilometry
dc.subject.otherresidual stresses
dc.subject.otherneutron diffraction
dc.titleExperiments and Simulation for 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Resistance Spot Welded Lap Joints
dc.typeDissertation
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
dc.publisher.collegeBagley College of Engineering
dc.date.authorbirth1971
dc.subject.degreeDoctor of Philosophy
dc.subject.majorMechanical Engineering
dc.contributor.committeeDaniewicz, Steve D.
dc.contributor.committeeHorstemeyer, Mark F.
dc.contributor.committeeHammi, Youssef
dc.contributor.committeeSolanki, Kiran N.


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