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The FEM-based Numerical Analysis of Welding Distortions in Spatial-Flat Elements of Large-Sized Welded Structures

Janusz Pikuła, Tomasz Pfeifer, Jerzy Niagaj

The issue of welding distortions concerns both large welded structures such as bridges, storage tanks and elements of welded building structures as well as small and precise elements. Particularly susceptible to welding distortions are thin-walled structures, in which hard-to-predict welding distortions are responsible for serious technical problems. This paper presents the results concerning the welding of spatial and flat elements used in large-sized welded structures in terms of welding distortions. Due to their geometry, large welded structures may be the source of complex welding distortions, e.g. corrugations. The research-related works discussed in the article were carried out using the finite element method (FEM). The validation of FEM model of the welding process was performed using an optical system measuring welding distortions of an actual structure.

doi: 10.17729/ebis.2019.4/2

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