Temperature Measurements During Flash Welding Thin-Walled Door-Frame Components
This study was conducted to examine the effect of flashing conditions on the resulting temperature profile during flash welding automobile door frames. Previous work on temperature profiles of flash welds has shown that at some point in the welding cycle a steady state temperature is reached, minimizing the need for further flashing. The indication of such a minimum flashing time allows flashing conditions for any application to be optimized. Unfortunately, previous work has been limited to rather heavy section materials, and the results could not be directly applied to the flash welding thin sections typical for door frames. This program was a preliminary study to examine the effects of initial flashing velocity and flashing acceleration on the resulting temperature profiles in U-shaped channel sections. Work was done on a cam driven flash welding machine supplied. Flashing conditions were varied by using cams with different profiles.