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Assessment of the Makeability of T-welded Joints in 10 mm Thick TMCP Steel Using Laser Beam

Version 1 : Received: 21 May 2018 / Approved: 22 May 2018 / Online: 22 May 2018 (05:47:25 CEST)

How to cite: Górka, J. Assessment of the Makeability of T-welded Joints in 10 mm Thick TMCP Steel Using Laser Beam. Preprints 2018, 2018050287 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0287.v1). Górka, J. Assessment of the Makeability of T-welded Joints in 10 mm Thick TMCP Steel Using Laser Beam. Preprints 2018, 2018050287 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0287.v1).

Abstract

The article presents tests aimed to verify the possibility of making T-joints in TMCP steel using laser. The tests involved the use of 10 mm thick high yield point steel S700MC obtained in an industrial manufacturing process. The joints made in the tests were single and double-sided. Subsequent non-destructive tests revealed that the joints obtained in the tests represented quality level B in accordance with PN-EN ISO 13919-1. Single-sided welding performed using the laser beam having a power of 11 kW enabled the obtainment of 8 mm deep penetration without visibly deforming the web of the joint. The double-sided welded joints were characterised by proper geometry and the presence of gas pores in the welds not compromising the requirements of quality level B (strict requirements). The weld structure was bainitic-ferritic. The weld hardness was by approximately 60 HV1 higher than that of the base material (280 HV1). The HAZ area was slightly softer than the base material. The tests of thin foils performed using a high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscope revealed that, during welding, an increase in the content of the base material in the weld was accompanied by an increase in contents of alloying microagents Ti and Nb, particularly near the fusion line. The above-named alloying microagents, in the form of fine-dispersive (Ti,Nb)(C,N) type precipitates, could reduce plastic properties of joints.

Subject Areas

laser beam, T-joints, weldability, TMCP steel

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