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Simulation of Tensile Behavior in Friction Stir Welded and Superplastically Formed Titanium 6 Al-4V Alloy

[+] Author Affiliations
Paul D. Edwards, Daniel G. Sanders

Boeing Company, Seattle, WA

M. Ramulu

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Paper No. IMECE2007-42550, pp. 659-664; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4297-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A hybrid numerical and experimental study was undertaken to evaluate the performance of as Friction Stir Welded (FSW) and Superplastically Formed Friction Stir Welded (SPF-FSW) Titanium joints. This paper presents the numerical models which were developed to simulate mechanical response of as FSW and SPF-FSW joints. The simulation results were then compared to experimentally determined behavior characteristics of the joints to assess the validity of the modeling approach. It was found that the numerical modeling approach presented here have simulated successfully the tensile behavior of a FSW joint agreeing with the experimental results. This method also adequately simulated the tensile behavior of a SPF-FSW joint, but due to geometrical influences, there are discrepancies between the numerical results and experimental observations.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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