Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-2286

Development of an End-Effector for Friction Stir Spot Welding 2008-01-2286

The purpose of this study was to design and manufacture an attachment for a MTS friction stir welding (FSW) machine at the Advanced Joining & Processing Laboratory which would allow friction stir spot welds to be made quickly, apply a consistent clamping force, and provide positional feedback of the surface of the workpiece. The scope of this project included component analysis, manufacturing, final product testing, and the formation of a conceptual design capable of producing both poke spots and swept spots. This equipment could be adapted for use on robotic platforms as well.


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