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Sasse I.,University of Cottbus Senftenberg | Schleuss L.,University of Cottbus Senftenberg | Ossenbrink R.,University of Cottbus Senftenberg | Michailov V.,University of Cottbus Senftenberg
Welding and Cutting | Year: 2014

One main problem of thin-walled, large-area sheet components for lightweight construction solutions is the inadequate stiffness. One approach for a solution is provided by structured sheet metals which have an increased flexural stiffness due to three-dimensionally incorporated structures. The areas of application of the structured sheet metals (e.g. in subassemblies in automobile, rail vehicle and tank construction) necessitate adapted welding technologies. Since few systematic investigations have been conducted on structured sheet metals in the field of joining technology until now, there is a lack of knowledge about the further processing of these sheets by means of welding technology. The aims of the presented investigations are to make it possible to utilise these modern semi-finished products industrially using remote laser beam welding and to compare this with resistance spot welding. Both are important joining processes in the areas of applications interesting for structured sheet metals and thus constitute key technologies for industrial utilisation. Resistance spot welding has already been qualified for utilisation on structured sheet metals [1]. In addition, investigations were conducted into the remote laser beam welding of structured and flat sheets. These investigations encompass the possibilities of joining structured and flat joining members by means of remote laser beam welding as well as the assessment of the joint strength in tensile shear and peel tests. Thereafter, the results of the investigations are compared with the resistance spot welding of structured sheet metals and specific application recommendations are derived.

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