Finite Element and Experimental Study of Shunting in Resistance Spot Welding

M. Seyyedian Choobi, C. V. Nielsen, N. Bay

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Abstract

This research is focused on one of the problems frequently encountered in spot welding in industry. In many applications several spot welds are made close to each other. The spots made after the first spot may become smaller in size due to shunt effect. A numerical and experimental study has been conducted to investigate the effect of shunting on nugget size in spot welding of HSLA steel sheets. Different cases with different spacing between weld spots have been examined. The nugget sizes have been measured by metallographic examination and have been compared with 3D finite element simulations. The results of this study revealed that the shunt effect becomes negligible when the minimum weld spacing is about six times the electrode diameter. The results showed that the weld nugget diameter is more sensitive to shunt effect than the nugget height.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Seminar Numerical Analysis of Weldability
Number of pages13
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event11th International Seminar Numerical Analysis of Weldability - Castle Seggau, Graz, Austria
Duration: 27 Sep 201530 Sep 2015
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Conference

Conference11th International Seminar Numerical Analysis of Weldability
LocationCastle Seggau
CountryAustria
CityGraz
Period27/09/201530/09/2015
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Seyyedian Choobi, M., Nielsen, C. V., & Bay, N. (2015). Finite Element and Experimental Study of Shunting in Resistance Spot Welding. In Proceedings of the 11th International Seminar Numerical Analysis of Weldability