Innovative Electrode Design and FEA Validation of Aluminum Resistance Spot Welding 2006-01-0091
In the new design, the electrode employs composite electrode face construction with dissimilar materials. A cylindrical insert located in the electrode face center is made of low thermal and electrical conductivity material, such as stainless steel, and an annular outer sleeve is made of stainless steel and located at periphery of the electrode. Base material of the electrode is still made of copper alloys. With this electrode design, the electrical-thermal-mechanical conditions can be improved by confining the current flow path to reduce current level required for the weld nugget formation, and optimizing electrode pressure distribution, and minimizing electrode face heating and plastic deformation.