Numerical simulation of welding distortions in large structures with a simplified engineering approach

Mato Perić, Karlo Seleš, Zdenko Tonković, Martina Lovrenić-Jugović
2019 Open Physics  
This paper presents an efficient thermo-elastoplastic method for the prediction of welding-induced distortions in a large panel structure. It is based on a shell/3D modeling technique which was proposed and experimentally validated in the authors' previous study. Two numerical examples are analyzed to evaluate the accuracy and efficiency of the present method. In the first example, the recommendations for the estimation of the minimum 3D zone size in the shell/3D model reported in the authors'
more » ... ed in the authors' previous work are verified, in comparison with the full 3D model, on a T-joint model consisting of plates with different thicknesses. It is shown that the shell/3D modeling technique provides a significant reduction in the computational time needed for the simulation of the welding process and thus enables efficient thermo-elastoplastic analyses on large structures. In the second example, the proposed model is validated on a large panel structure by corresponding the experimental data and inherent strain solutions from the literature.
doi:10.1515/phys-2019-0076 fatcat:iuxwmu7lazccdbptyo7eunbxze