3D Heat Transfer Analysis of a Moving Heat Source 2005-01-1246
The paper will model a welding process as a moving heat source through the work piece and investigate the effectiveness of various pre-heating mechanisms, including moving heat sources and the thermal strips. The reduction of thermal conductivity in the material around the tool due to rising temperature will be considered in the study. The paper represents an initial attempt to develop a nonlinear, time-discontinuous, p-version Galerkin method for the study of thermal effects in the Friction Stir Welding (FSW) process. Numerical results and the topics for further studies are presented.