The researchers from the University of Huddersfieldhave collaborated with the Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST) in order to perform a detailed analysis of the Friction Stir Welding (FSW) technique.
The partnership included Andrew Ball and Dr Fengshou Gu from the Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering at University of Huddersfield, and Professor Xiaocong He from the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre at KUST.
FSW is a complex technique that plays a critical role in modern production processes as there is a huge demand for lightweight structures and methods for joining them.
It reviews the current advancements in numerical analysis of friction stir welded joint microstructures, their processes and structure properties. The researchers state that better scientific understanding of the process is required.
The authors conclude that the findings presented in the journal would serve as a base for further study, as significant challenges still remain in FSW’s analysis and development. This study has been published in Progress in Materials Science, a prestigious international journal.