11 Décembre – Thesis defense - Gnofam Jacques Tchein

11 h Amphi, GC - IUT Gradignan

Study of thermomechanical and micrsotructural couplings of a titanium alloys during Friction Stir Welding.

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a solid state welding process used today in the aerospace, naval and rail transport sectors. It has the advantage of providing welds with better mechanical properties than fusion welding processes. Most of studies carried out on this process concern aluminum alloys. This work focuses on the study of thermomechanical and metallurgical phenomena during FSW of the Ti-6Al-4V alloy. The influence of the initial microstructure on the mechanical properties and the final microstructure is studied through an experimental study. The HAZ and TMAZ of the welds are very thin and the welds didn’t present any weak zone. The genesis of the microstructure during the process has been identified and is made up with three main steps: α → β phase change, continuous dynamic recrystallization of the β phase and formation of α grains within the recrystallized β grains. In order to set up a model to predict the microstructure in the weld nugget, hot torsion tests were performed to determine the rheological properties of TA6V. These tests also made it possible to set up an analytical behavior law of Ti-6Al-4V. The velocity fields during FSW are formulated analytically from the equations of fluid mechanics and thermal fields are determined numerically from a eulerian formulation.

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