The effect of gas tungsten arc welding and pulsed-gas tungsten arc welding processes' parameters on the heat affected zone-softening behavior of strain-hardened Al-6.7Mg alloy


The heat affected zone (HAZ) softening behavior of strain-hardened Al-6.7Mg alloy welded by gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process was investigated. Increasing the heat input during welding led to formation of a wider HAZ. Moreover, the size of the precipitates was increased at higher heat inputs. Consequently, by increasing the heat input, lower strength was obtained for the welding joints. At the second stage of the study, pulsed-GTAW (PGTAW) process was employed to improve the strength of the joints. It was observed that the overall strength of the welding joints was improved and the fracture during tensile test was moved from the HAZ to the fusion zone. Moreover, the effect of duration ratio and pulse frequency was studied. For the current study, the duration ratio did not have a significant effect on the strength and microstructure of the weld, but increasing the frequency led to higher strength of the weld and finer microstructure. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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Materials and Design