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  • Flash/Butt WeldingPlain Carbon Steel

  • Flash Welding of Plain Carbon SteelLesson ObjectivesWhen you finish this lesson you will understand: The flash and butt welding process for plain carbon steel The weld parameters which must be controlled to get good welds Typical flash/butt weld defectsLearning ActivitiesLook up KeywordsView Slides; Read Notes, Listen to lectureDo on-line workbookDo homeworkKeywordsFlash Weld (AC), Butt Weld (DC), Flashing Current, Upset Current, Upset Force, Upset Velocity, Upset Distance, Forging Temperature, Linear Platen Motion, Parabolic Platen Motion, Continuous Acceleration Platen Motion, Flat Spots, Penetrators

  • Savage, Flash Welding, Welding Journal March 1962

  • ApplicationsWheel Truck RimsBall Bearing RacewaysBar WeldingStrip Welding During Continuous Processing In Steel MillsPipelines

  • Schematic of Typical Flash Weld CycleSavage, Flash Welding, Welding Journal March 1962

  • FlashingPartial Burn-offStage 1 - Heat SoakingIncreased Burn-offStage 2 - Steady StateExcessive Burn-offStage 3 - Heat out

  • Best Region For UpsetNippes, Temp Dist During Flash Welding, Welding Journal, Dec 1951

  • In Steady State, the Heat into the HAZ Equals the Heat OutStage 3 Occurs When More Heat Flows Out than is Flowing In

  • At UpsetShort Time AfterLong Time AfterForge TempUpset in the Steady State - Stage 2 Region

  • Nippes, Cooling Rates in Flash Welding,Welding Journal, July 1959

  • Temperature vs. Time As a Function Of Distance From Interface At Moment of UpsetAt Moment Of Upset & Short Time Thereafter

  • Nippes, Cooling Rates in Flash Welding,Welding Journal, July 1959

  • Turn to the person sitting next to you and discuss (1 min.): The night shift flash weld operator said that he felt the platen velocity was too fast so he slowed it down. What do you think will result by this change?

  • Factors Which Effect Extent of Stable Stage 2 Material Electrical & Thermal Conductivity Platen Motion During Flashing Initial Clamping Distance Preheat Material Geometry

  • Electrical & Thermal ConductivityHigh Resistance = More I2R HeatingLow Thermal Conductivity = Less Heat Out More Rapid Heating Longer Stage 2 Higher Temperature Wider HAZHAZ

  • Wide HAZNarrow HAZOxides TrappedAt InterfaceOxides Forced To Flashing

  • Platen MotionLinearParabolicContinuous AccelerationContinuous Acceleration lead to Stub Out

  • Nippes, Temp Dist During Flash Welding, Welding Journal, Dec 1951

  • Linear Flashing - Effect of Increased VelocityHigher Velocity

  • Parabolic FlashingNippes, Temp Dist During Flash Welding, Welding Journal, Dec 1951

  • Temperature Comparison of Linear and Parabolic FlashingNippes, Temp Dist During Flash Welding, Welding Journal, Dec 1951

  • Initial Clamping DistanceCloser Initial Clamping Shorter Stage 2 More Burnoff to Establish Steady State Steeper Temperature Gradient

  • Effect of PreheatBeneficialLarger HAZ

  • Thicker MaterialThicker Material is more of a Heat Sink

  • Turn to the person sitting next to you and discuss (1 min.): OK, we went back to the faster platen motion and told the night shift guy to keep his hands off, but the weld still seems to be too cold. What would you suggest?

  • DC Butt Welding

  • Schematic of Typical Butt Weld CycleMedar Technical Literature

  • Turn to the person sitting next to you and discuss (1 min.): Because the part are first touching as DC current is applied in butt welding, large current levels occur immediately. How would welding steels containing large manganese sulfide inclusions be effected by this?

  • FLASH/BUTT WELD DISCONTINUITIESMECHNICAL Misalignment Poor Scarfing Die BurnsHEAT AFFECTED ZONE Turned Up Fibers (Hook Cracks) HAZ SofteningCENTERLINE Cold Weld Flat Spots / Penetrators Pinholes Porosity Cracking

  • MisalignmentNotch: Stress Riser

  • NotchThin SectionPoor Scarfing

  • ArcingDie BurnsMartensiteCrack

  • Turned Up Fibers - Hook Cracks

  • Hook Cracks

  • Hardness Loss

  • Cold WeldCold Weld

  • Flat Spots & Penetrators in Flash Welds

  • Factors During Upset Which Reduce Defects Upset Velocity Upset Current Upset Force Upset Distance Material Hot Strength/Chemistry

  • Upset VelocityHigher Velocity Helps extrude Centerline Oxides Out

    1. Oxides Are Present Because MeltingPoints are high2. Oxides Tend to Solidify or Harden andGet entrapped at the Interface3. Rapid Velocity Helps Get Them Moving

  • Upset CurrentAdvantages Keeps Heat at Center Line During Upset Keeps Oxides Fluid Aids In Forcing Oxides Out

    Disadvantages Excess Heating Can Produce Excess Upset More HAZ Fiber Turn Up

  • Upset ForceGenerally Use Maximum Available(Too Light a Force May Entrap Oxides)Upset DistanceNeed Enough Upset to Squeeze all Oxides Out(Rule of Thumb: 1/2 to 1.25 times the thickness)

  • Material Hot Strength/Chemistry Materials with higher hot strength require higher force during upset Materials producing refractory oxides or nitrides require higher upset distance to squeeze them out

  • In this module we will finish our discussion about resistance welding of plain carbon uncoated steels by looking at the flash welding and the butt welding processes.In flash butt welding, the parts are connected to both a fixed and a movable platen and a current is passed though the interface as the parts are slowly moved toward each other. In this case a ring is being welded but the opposite faces of the ring hoop are approaching each other just as in the case of conventional butt welded parts. The current is controlled through a welding transformer and an electronic contactor unit. AC current is used. Platen motion is controlled by a hydraulic platen controller which supplies fluid to the piston and cylinder mechanism at a controlled rate. Flashing occurs as the asperities on the opposite surfaces touch.Some of the plain carbon steel applications which use flash or DC butt welding for manufacture are listed here.In the flash welding application itself, the current is turned on before the parts are physically brought into contact. (In some applications, a lower level preheat current is applied by bringing the parts together and passing current to preheat, but the parts are then separated before actual flashing). With current applied, the parts are moved until the aspirates begin to touch. When this happens, the current flows through these asperities, they rapidly melt and arcing occurs until the small volume of liquid is flash out of the interface. The interface layer, probably has an oxide layer, but when the steel melts and burns during the flashing operation it combines with oxygen from between the interface and the oxide layer making an atmosphere low in oxygen within the interface. As the asperities flash, they both heat the surrounding base metal heat affected zone and they cause some molten region. Any surface oxide remaining, will be carried out of the interface as flashing continues and as the final upset is performed.This is a schematic of the process. The platen travel is continuous starting at the time of flashing and progressing until upset. This may be a linear motion, a constantly accelerating motion or a parabolic motion as illustrated here. At upset the platens are rapidly squeezed together for upset. The flashing current starts low as only a few asperities touch, but as the platen moves, more and more asperities touch and the current increases. At upset, the current may either be immediately terminated or it may continue for a short time (called upset current) as shown here.The top figure shows the same platen travel motion, but the lower figure show the instantaneous temperature of the flash weld at a point just below the interface (the points which ultimately will end up in contact with each other when upset occurs. This temperature increases with time (and thus with the amount of material burned off during flashing) until it reaching the forging temperature at which time the upset is initiated. Thus the weld region actually occurs at temperatures below the melting point and this process is really a solid state process. If there is some upset current applied, the temperature of the interface may raise slight above the forging temperature. After the current is cut off the temperature cools and the weld is made.Lets look a little closer at that flashing operation because there are several different stages that occur. In the top figure, the initial flashing stage is represented. With each flash, heat soaks back into the heat affected zone. We can record the temperature at various distances (here represented by the triangles) from the instantaneous interface as new fresh material is presented into this interface and flashed off. During partial burn-off or the Stage 1 time, heat soaks into the HAZ and the temperature rises. With increased burn-off at stage 2 a steady state temperature profile is obtained. In this region, there is just as much heat coming in to this region from the flashing as there is heat exiting back into further depths of the metal part. When burn off is excessive, more heat is sucked out into the holding dies than is acquired from flashing and a heat loss stage 3 is entered.When we look at the temperature as a function of burn-off at each of the distances curve represent here are obtained. The point closest to the interface heats in stage 1, reaches steady state stage 2 for a considerable amount of burn-off and then slowly enters stage 3. Points at fur