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High Energy Beam Welding Processes in Manufacturing

  • Chen Hui-ChiEmail author
  • Bi Guijun
  • Sun Chen-Nan
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Abstract

Today, high-energy beams , such as laser and electron beams, have been increasingly adopted in the industry for welding, cladding, and additive manufacturing. Due to the high-energy density and small beam size, welding and additive manufacturing using high-energy beams show the characteristics of deep penetration, low heat input, small heat-affected zone, low thermal distortion, good dimensional accuracy and integrity, as well as ease of automation. Compared with other types of heat sources (i.e., arc and plasma), high-energy beams are more suitable for the applications requiring a precise control of heat energy for difficult-to-process materials. Other than the abovementioned characteristics, high-energy beam welding process belongs to a contactless process which provides more flexibility in new design and manufacturing. With these superior characteristics, high-energy beam welding process has been used in a wide range of industrial sectors (i.e., aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, shipyard, medical devices, etc.) and is expected to keep playing an important role in welding industry in the future.

Keywords

Fusion Zone Welding Speed Laser Welding Additive Manufacturing Laser Cladding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)SingaporeSingapore

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