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An Innovative Friction Stir Welding Based Technique to Produce Dissimilar Light Alloys to Thermoplastic Matrix Composite Joints

  • Autori: Buffa, G.; Baffari, D.; Campanella, D.; Fratini, L.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Contributo in atti di convegno pubblicato in rivista
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Aluminum sheets can be joined to composite materials with different techniques. Each of them has advantages and weak points over the others. In literature, new techniques and patents are continuously developed to overcome these difficulties. In the paper a new Friction Stir Welding based approach is proposed to mechanically join AA6082-T6 to self-reinforced polypropylene. The aluminum sheet is pre-holed along both the sides of the weld line. A pinless tool generates the heat and pressure needed to activate back-extrusion of the composite. Joints have been produced with varying hole diameter and pitch. The mechanical resistance of the joint has been evaluated and the different failure modes were identified. Finally, a numerical model was set up to study the process mechanics by calculating the distribution of the main field variables, i.e. temperature strain and nodal displacement.