Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-01-1356
2007-04-16

Effect of Materials Stack-ups and Microhardness Distribution on Fatigue Performance of DP600 and Boron Steel GMAW Lap Joint 2007-01-1356

With the increasing demand for safety, energy saving and emission reduction, Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) have become very attractive materials for automobile makers. The usage of AHSS materials is projected to grow significantly in the next 5-10 years with new safety and fuel economy regulations. These new materials have significant manufacturing challenges, particularly for welding and stamping. Welding of AHSS remains one of the technical challenges in the successful application of AHSS in automobile structures, especially when durability of the welded structures is required.
In this study, 2.0 mm uncoated DP600 and 2.0 mm uncoated boron (heat treated) steel lap joint configuration was investigated. Metallurgical properties of the DP600 to boron steel dissimilar steel lap joints were evaluated using optical microscopy. Static and fatigue tests were conducted on these joints. The effects of materials stack-ups and microhardness distribution along the tensile stress flow direction of the joints on fatigue performance defined by fatigue life as well as crack initiation site and propagation path were analyzed. It was found that for the DP600 and boron steel dissimilar joint, fatigue life of the joint is better when boron steel is on the top of the joint. Static strength of the joint is not sensitive to joint stack ups.

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