Effect of porosity content on the weldability of powder metal parts produced by friction stir welding

KURT A. , Uygur I., ATEŞ H.

Power Metallurgy World Congress and Exhibition 2006, Busan, South Korea, 24 - 28 September 2006, pp.789-790 identifier identifier


Friction stir welding technique (FSW) has many advantages in terms of tool design, rotational speed and traveling speed, and can be adjusted in a precise manner. It enables heat input into the system to be controlled. In this study, Aluminum powders were compacted at 350,400 and 450 MPa pressure and sintered at 450 degrees C temperature for 30 minutes in Ar atmosphere. Sintered powder metal parts were joined to each other by FSW at the speed of 1800 rpm and traveling welding speed 200 mm/min under a constant friction force. The results show that the amount of porosity affects the welclability of powder metallurgy (P/M) parts. Furthermore, the porosity and microstructural evolution of the Aluminum also affected the hardness values of the tested materials.