Do you know how electric battery casings are assemblied? Which technology allows major savings in aeronautics by replacing riveting? What is it now possible to weld casted aluminum and dissimilar material?
The FSW is used today in aeronautics, automotive, space, rail and navy (welding standard: ISO 25239).
FSW results in :
Manufacturing of cheaper and lighter products
Innovation in multi-material assembly
Diversification of your process offer at a lower cost
Solution to the lack of qualified welders
Water heat sinks for E-mobility
An active heat sink is an aluminium component in which a fluid circulates in order to cool electronic components. It is an indispensable element of e-mobility.
Carrying out the welding of this part through FSW offers many advantages:
Heat sink parts before FSW.
– Cost reduced by 2
– Cycle time divided by 5
– Complete automatization
– Casting and FSW in the same place
– Action performed in one operation rather than 2 (sealing and screwing)
– 100% leak proof
– Higher repeatability
Internal part of a water heat sink for E-mobility.
Outside part of a water heat sink for E-mobility. Final part after FSW.
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Conventional assembly technologies (screwing, brazing or FE welding) can lead to problems of quality (leakage, mechanical resistance), design (complex geometries are not possible) and manufacturing (time-consuming set-up).
The solution :
FSW performs perfectly sealed welds and resistant to high pressures. Moreover, FSW is very easy to implement, even for small batches and complex geometries.
Examples of application sectors : aeronautics, railway, wind turbine, military
Heat sink kit before welding
Heat sink cross section after friction stir welding
Heat sink assembly view from above
Assembly of aluminum profiles for rigid panel manufacturing
Why use FSW to assembly aluminium profiles to form rigid panels?
-Thinner and wider panels : aluminium profiles are generally smaller than 400-mm wide, FSW overcomes this limits by butt welding.
-One manufacturing step : no part preparation, no degreasing, no machining after welding
-Lighter and more rigid panels : profile optimization associated to FSW limits the useless shapes.
-Quality : the weld is perfectly sealed and the mechanical strengths are close to those of the base material.
-Maturity : this technology is already used in automotive (battery casing), rail (car blank), aeronautics and naval (floor).
The two FSW welds located in the center of each of two profiles are lap welds.
The FSW weld in the center of the part is a butt weld.
Reduction of raw material
Many mechanical parts are machined from a massive block of aluminium where up to 90% of material is removed. Many companies would like to reduce their cost of raw material and their machining time.
The solution : part welding by FSW in order to get a preform as close as possible to the final shape.
Examples of application sectors : aeronautics, military, nuclear, space.
Frame made with aluminum profiles and FSW .
Detail of a frame corner weld (before final machining to eliminate entry and exit taps)
Welding of casted parts
Aluminium casted parts are difficult or not weldable with conventional processes (degassing of casted aluminium).
The solution :
FSW allows the welding of aluminium castings, even die casted pieces, due to the solid state.
Examples of application sectors :
Electronic box : the gains in mass are optimized without altering the mechanical characteristics.
Alloy wheels, battery boxes and heat exchangers are soldered by FSW
The cooling fins are welded to an electronic box.
Two FSW welds provide thermal conductivity.
FSW of more complex components not castable:
FSW of two rheocasted parts.
FSW of two rheocasted parts.
Replacement of traditional assemblies
(riveting, MIG, bonding)
The most resistant aluminum alloys are not weldable with conventional technologies because of their chemical composition (2000 and 7000 series). These alloys are currently assembled by screwing, sticking or riveting.
Many companies would like to replace these processes to reduce manufacturing costs while increasing the mechanical strength of assemblies.
The solution : FSW results in fast and high strenght assembly of all aluminum alloys.
Examples of application sectors : aerospace, civil engineering (bridges). FSW is one of the most significant advances in manufacturing of NASA Space shuttle tanks, as well as in Ariane and Space X rockets.
Replacement riveting by FSW welding for the mixed application 2024-T3 and 7075-T6
Replacement of spot welding
Conventional resistance welding requires a finishing operation for ornamental applications. This operation is time-consuming and tedious requiring qualified operators.
The solution : FSW by lap welding results in no-affected back side and eliminates grinding.
Examples of application sectors : sheet jobshop, aeronautics.
Replacement of resistance welding with FSW spot welding.
Welding of copper components
FSW replaces resistance welding or brazing by improving the junction quality, by reducing the manufacturing cost (no electrode wear) and by increasing the mechanical resistance.
Exemple of application sector : energy.
FSW spot welding of a tinned copper connector on a copper cable.
Replacement of copper by aluminium (welding Cu / Al)
FSW allows a metallurgical junction between copper and aluminium limiting electrical resistivity.
Example of application sector : energy.
FSW copper welding on aluminum.
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