An Experimental and Computational Study of the Dynamic Characteristics of Spot-Welded Sheet Metal Structures 2001-01-0431
In the present study, several welded beam and plate specimens are fabricated using an electrical resistance type spot welder and studied experimentally applying the frequency response function approach. The experimental data is used to guide the dynamic finite element modeling effort, and to determine the weld joint representation that most accurately characterizes the measured dynamic response. The results reveal the compliant nature of the spot welds at higher frequencies and in applications consisting of more complex geometrical structures and boundary conditions. This finding shows the inadequacy in the classical rigid element representation that is widely used in current dynamic modeling practices.