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Arc formation in narrow gap hot wire laser welding
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Product and Production Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2596-5303
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Product and Production Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4265-1541
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Product and Production Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3569-6795
2018 (English)In: Welding Journal, ISSN 0043-2296, Vol. 97, no 6, p. 171S-178SArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many heavy industrial applications, e.g. shipbuilding and offshore, rely on thick-section, high-quality welds. Unfortunately, traditional arc-based techniques are often found wanting due to a limited penetration depth and excessive heat-affected zone. The former is typically solved by having a wide groove filled by multiple weld passes, which is both costly and time consuming. Other processes such as autonomous laser or electron beams can join thick materials, but have disadvantages such as increased hardness and solidification cracks inside the welds. A promising in-between technique to join thick sheets is narrow gap multi layer laser welding (NGMLW), using less filler material while also offering more control of weld properties. This technique is often used with laser scanning optics and cold wire, or a defocused laser and electrically heated wire. This paper investigates the limitations of the latter during NGMLW, mainly using high-speed imaging to directly observe and explain process behavior. Increased deposition rates are wanted, but heating also consequently needs to be increased for proper bead fusion. Arc occurrences are found to be the cause of instabilities. They are observed occasionally even at low voltages, but more frequently at higher outputs, and then are also more disruptive to the process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Welding Society , 2018. Vol. 97, no 6, p. 171S-178S
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-70165DOI: 10.29391/2018.97.015ISI: 000435429400018Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-8504937533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-70165DiVA, id: diva2:1235601
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-07-26 (inah)

Available from: 2018-07-26 Created: 2018-07-26 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Phenomena in wire based multi-layer laser welding and hybrid deposition
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Phenomena in wire based multi-layer laser welding and hybrid deposition
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Fenomen i trådbaserad, flerskiktad lasersvetsning och hybriddeposition
Abstract [en]

Several laser materials processing technologies using metal wire addition have been researched during the last decades. Especially in the field of joining, as well as in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), multiple major benefits have been reached, e.g. higher welding speeds and lower heat input. With laser and arc hybrid welding techniques, additional prospects become accessible. These can combine and improve both deep penetration of autogenous laser welding and gap bridging capabilities of traditional arc welding. In the field of AM, wire feed has been a much-appreciated way of supplying additional material. Reasons include clean and easy handling, high utilisation and availability. A high intensity heat source, e.g. a laser beam or an electrical arc, continuously melts a metal wire; the melt being deposited onto a substrate in one or multiple layers to generate a new surface or three dimensional structure. An alternative joining process is Narrow Gap Multi-Layer Welding (NGMLW). This technique utilises the former mentioned AM processes to fill a gap to join sheets together, instead of depositing on an open surface. NGMLW is a capable competitor to the above-mentioned joining processes due to its prospects of being able to join essentially any thickness of sheets, as long as the beam and wire can accurately reach the gap floor and a sufficient number of layers are used.

In this thesis, multiple types of NGMLW, Papers A – D, and hybrid material deposition, Papers E and F, using laser and hybrid heat sources with metal wire addition have been studied. Techniques such as High-Speed Imaging (HSI), 3D and Computed Tomography (CT) scanning have been used to gain greater insight into the workings of these modern manufacturing processes. The multi-layered way of material deposition within a gap to form a welded joint and onto a surface for AM have many similarities, e.g. wire melting behaviour and melt flow.

Paper A introduces the workings of NGMLW, highlighting possible welding imperfections and welded joint morphology. HSI of the process is analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively: qualitative analysis identifying possible causes for said imperfections; quantitative analysis highlighting the potential for using similar and lower frame rate camera footage for closed loop control to suppress the formation of such imperfections.

In Paper B, an alternative near-vertical building strategy for NGMLW is presented and compared to its more common horizontal counterpart. This upright strategy is found to be fully capable of producing sound welded joints, sporting less than 0.3% cavities. The near-vertical welded joints also have potential for unique material properties due to their much different thermal history.

Papers C and D return to the topic of horizontal NGMLW, but with resistance heating of the metal wire for easier processing, also referred to as Laser Hot-Wire Welding (LHWW). Process behaviour and the resulting morphology of welded joints are the main topics of Paper C. Theoretical reasoning for the formation of occasional centre-line cracks, relating to the shape of the melt pool during solidification, are presented. Arcing is observed in some of the experiments, although prior theory indicates that the applied wire voltage was too low for arcing to occur. This arcing phenomenon is further covered in Paper D, where HSI observations are used to correlate process parameters to arcing probability and a theoretical explanation of why arcing can occur is suggested.

Papers E and F take the step out of the gap, studying the impact of laser beam augmentation in different orientations on Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). Paper E focuses on a method of quantifying melt pool movement. Fluctuations of the melt pool surface decreased by more than 35% with the introduction of a laser beam to the process. Paper F analyses the generated structures, evaluating the usable portion of the “as deposited” shapes and material composition. Surface irregularities decreased by more than 50% on application of a trailing laser beam. Additional aspects relating to the resulting morphology are also presented, including observations and reasoning for surface irregularities and sloping.

The knowledge gained and methods used in the presented work intertwine to form a strong insight into both laser and laser-hybrid materials processing with wire addition. They also introduce approaches for processing and quantifying HSI footage for process evaluation and improvement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2019
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
National Category
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74543 (URN)978-91-7790-407-6 (ISBN)978-91-7790-408-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-10-23, E632, Luleå, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-10-01Bibliographically approved

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