Joining AA7099 to Ni-Cr-Mo Steel Using Friction Stir Dovetailing
Friction stir dovetailing (FSD) was used to join 0.5 in. (12.7 mm) AA7099 to 0.5 in. (12.7 mm) Ni-Cr-Mo steel in a lap configuration. Two new FSD approaches are reported that significantly reduce zinc embrittlement of Fe–Al intermetallic compounds (IMCs) which form during conventional friction stir welding (FSW). The first method uses the general FSD approach where a custom designed tool is employed to extrude the AA7099 into the pre-machined dovetail groove of underlying steel by forming mechanical interlocking and metallurgical bonding simultaneously. The second method uses a two-step approach where FSD of AA6061 is first used to form a silicon-rich Fe-Al IMC within the dovetail groove. AA7099 plate is then joined to the AA6061 within the dovetail using conventional FSW. A discussion of the new FSD technique, joint configurations, and process parameters are provided along with joint microstructural analyses and mechanical performance.
KeywordsFriction stir dovetailing FSD AA7099 AA6061 Rolled homogenous armor Dissimilar metals
This work was supported by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center [Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request 10834736, 11008837, 11079043]. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by the Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC06-76LO1830. The authors would like to thank Mr. Jason Scheuring, Application Engineer at Kaiser Aluminum, for providing the AA7099 alloy.
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