|M.Sc Student||Benny Tavlovich|
|Subject||Electron Beam Welding and Laser Beam Welding of Additive|
Manufactured Titanium Products
|Department||Department of Design and Manufacturing Management||Supervisors||Professor Katz Reuven|
|Dr. Shirizly Amnon|
|Full Thesis text|
This study investigated the weld joint properties of additive manufactured (AM) titanium parts. The welding experiments were performed using 4 kW fiber laser beam welding (LBW) and 30 kW, 80 kV electron beam welding (EBW). Conventionally manufactured welded parts were compared to AM welded parts. In addition, the combination of welding AM parts to conventionally manufactured parts was examined. The welds were analyzed and compared in terms of weld bead profile, tensile strength, microhardness, macro examination, and nondestructive testing. The results revealed certain differences between the welds of AM parts and the welds of conventionally manufactured parts. Significant differences were found in the weld fusion zone (FZ) and in the material’s thermal conductivity. The FZ in the AM material was wider and had a straight shape versus the neck shaped fusion line in conventionally manufactured material. A thermal finite element model was used to simulate the LBW. The simulation supported the experimental observations. The results indicate that it is possible to achieve good quality welds of AM to AM, and of AM to conventional Ti6Al4V, for aerospace applications using both EBW and LBW.