Low heat input welding technologies such as laser beam and hybrid laser-arc welding (HLAW), which have the ability to reduce weld distortion in thin-panel structures, are introduced. Low heat input laser and hybrid laser-arc welds were made on panels ranging from 1 to almost 6. m long and compared with conventional (high heat input) arc welding techniques. Experimental and analytical weld distortion data are presented to provide a direct comparison of conventional and advanced welding technologies. It is demonstrated that a hybrid laser arc weld process, which is well suited for today's heavy manufacturing environment, can reduce distortion by a factor of 2 to 4 compared with conventional processes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Minimization of Welding Distortion and Buckling|
|Subtitle of host publication||Modelling and Implementation|
|Number of pages||33|
|State||Published - May 2011|
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