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Modelling of transport phenomena in gas tungsten arc welding

Keywords: Computational mechanics , GTA welding , Transport phenomena , Commercial pure aluminium

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Purpose: Since numerical heat transfer and fluid flow models have provided significant insight into welding process and welded materials that could not been achieved otherwise, there has been an important interest in the quantitative representation of transport phenomena in the weld pool. On the other hand, the temperature and velocity distributions of the molten metal as well as the cooling rate after welding operation affect the weld geometry, the microstructure, and the mechanical properties of weld zone. This work demonstrates that the application of numerical transport phenomena can significantly add to the quantitative knowledge in welding and help the welding community in solving practical problems.Design/methodology/approach: The temperature and velocity fields are simulated using the solution of the equations of conversation of mass, energy and momentum in three-dimension and under steady-state heat transfer and fluid flow conditions.Findings: The weld pool geometry and various solidification parameters were calculated. The calculated weld pool geometries were in good agreement with the ones obtained using the experiments. The solidification parameters of G and G/R are determined. It is found that as the welding speed increases, the value of G/R at the weld pool centerline decreases.Research limitations/implications: Welding process used is this study is gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding and base metal is commercial pure aluminum. This model can be investigated to simulate other materials and welding processes. Also the results of this study such as the temperature field can be used in the simulation of microstructure, mechanical properties, etc of welding zone.Originality/value: In this research the solidification parameters of G, R and G/R can be used for prediction of the solidification morphology and the scale of the solidification structure.

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