Enhancement of weld strength of laser-welded joints of AA6061-T6 and TZM alloys via novel dual-laser warm laser shock peening
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In this paper, an experimental study is presented on an investigation to improve the weld strength of laser-welded joints via post-processing by warm laser shock peening (wLSP). A dual-laser setup was utilized to simultaneously heat the sample to a prescribed temperature and to perform the wLSP process on the laser-welded joints of AA6061-T6 and TZM alloys. Joints in overlap and bead-on-plate configurations were created by laser welding by a high-power fiber laser and post-processed with wLSP. The tensile tests carried out on wLSP-processed AA6061-T6 samples demonstrate an enhancement in the strength by about 20% over as-welded samples and the ductility of samples processed by wLSP improved by 30% over as-welded samples. The bead-on-plate (BOP) welds of TZM alloy processed with wLSP demonstrated an enhancement in strength by about 30% and the lap welds processed with wLSP demonstrated an increase in the joint strength by 22%. Finite element analysis revealed that the depth and magnitude of compressive stresses imparted by wLSP were greater than room temperature laser shock peening (rtLSP), which contributed to the enhancement of the joint strength for processed samples.
KeywordsWarm laser shock peening Laser welding Strength improvement, Al6061 TZM
During the course of this study, GI was supported by Purdue University and JN was supported by the fellowship from the China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201706280156). All the experimental work was supported by the Donald A. & Nancy G. Roach Professorship at Purdue University.
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