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Controlling the cut in contour residual stress measurements of electron beam welded Ti-6Al-4V alloy plates

Hosseinzadh Torknezhad, F.; Ledgard, P. and Bouchard, P. J. (2013). Controlling the cut in contour residual stress measurements of electron beam welded Ti-6Al-4V alloy plates. Experimental Mechanics, 53(5) pp. 829–839.

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The multiple cut contour method is applied to map longitudinal and transverse components of residual stress in two nominally identical 50 mm thick electron beam welded Ti-6Al-4V alloy plates, one in the as-welded condition and a second welded plate in a post weld heat treated (PWHT) condition. The accuracy and resolution of the contour method results are directly linked to the quality of the electro-discharge machining cut made. Two symmetric surface contour artefacts associated with cutting titanium, surface bowing and a flared edge, are identified and their influence on residual stresses calculated by the contour method is quantified. The former artefact is controlled by undertaking a series of cutting trials with reduced power settings to find optimal cutting conditions. The latter is mitigated by attaching 5 mm thick sacrificial plates to the wire exit side of the test specimen. The low level of noise in the measured stress profiles for both the as-welded and PWHT plates demonstrates the importance of controlling the quality of a contour cut and the added value of undertaking cutting trials.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Society for Experimental Mechanics
ISSN: 1741-2765
Keywords: titanium; residual stress; contour method; wire electric discharge machining; artefact
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
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Item ID: 35094
Depositing User: Foroogh Hosseinzadeh
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 14:04
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 15:55
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