An experimental investigation was conducted of laser welding of Navy ship construction materials. Bead-on-plate penetrations were formed in 1/4-in.-thick HY-130 steel, 1/16-in.-thick HY-180 steel, 1/8- and 1/4-in.-thick Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy and in 1/8-in.-thick 5456 aluminum alloy. Continuous carbon-dioxide laser power levels to 8 kW were used; welding speed was varied from 20 to 180 ipm in order to establish appropriate welding parameters. The bead-on-plate penetrations were initially screened by visual, metallographic, NDT and mechanical tests and then forwarded to NSSC for more detailed evaluation. The finished samples, which were 5 x 7 in. in size, exhibited excellent top and bottom surface bead characteristics and defect-free fusion zones. (Modified author abstract)

  • Corporate Authors:

    United Aircraft Corporation

    Research Laboratories
    East Hartford, CT  United States 

    Naval Ship Systems Command

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Banas, C M
  • Publication Date: 1973-8-30

Media Info

  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084433
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UARL-M911502-6 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: N00024-72-C-5585
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1975 12:00AM