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Friction Welding


Friction welding refers to the method of welding by using the heat generated by the friction of the workpiece contact surface as the heat source to cause the workpiece to undergo plastic deformation under pressure.

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Under the action of pressure, under the action of constant or incremental pressure and torque, the relative movement between the welding contact end faces generates frictional heat and plastic deformation heat on the friction surface and its vicinity, so that the temperature of its vicinity rises to The temperature range close to but generally lower than the melting point, the deformation resistance of the material is reduced, the plasticity is improved, and the oxide film at the interface is broken. Under the action of the upsetting pressure, the plastic deformation and flow of the material are accompanied by molecular diffusion and recrystallization at the interface. Solid-state welding method for realizing welding.

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The essence of friction welding

It is common for the metal surfaces of mechanical parts to bond and weld due to friction. In the process of metal cutting and high-speed rotation of the machine, it is often found that the surfaces of two metal parts are welded together due to friction and heat. For example: during turning, a built-up edge is generated on the turning tool; during drilling, the drill and the workpiece are often bonded together; the sliding bearing is stuck due to the burning of the shaft. Of course, these situations have always been accidents that people strive to avoid. Analyzed as a welding phenomenon, their process is not perfect, and the welding quality is not ideal.

However, through the analysis of these bonding and welding phenomena, it is helpful to understand the essence of friction welding.

The friction destroys the oxide film on the metal surface. The frictional heat generation reduces the strength of the metal but increases its plasticity. The friction surface metal produces plastic deformation and flow, which prevents the oxidation of the metal, promotes the mutual diffusion of weld metal atoms, and forms a strong welded joint. This is the essence of friction welding.


The Features of friction welding

Why friction welding is developing very rapidly at home and abroad, and its application is very wide, this is because it has a series of advantages. These advantages include the following aspects:


The welding quality of the joint is good and stable

1. The welding quality of the joint is good and stable

The scrap rate of aluminum-copper transition joints produced by low-temperature friction welding in my country is less than 0.01%; the boiler factory uses friction welding instead of flash welding to produce economizer coils, and the welding scrap rate is reduced from 10% to 0.001%. West Germany uses friction welding instead of flash welding to produce automobile exhaust valves, and the welding reject rate has dropped from 1.4% to 0.04~0.01%. It can be seen from the above examples that the scrap rate of friction welding is very low, about 1% of the general welding method.


Suitable for welding dissimilar steel and dissimilar metals.

2. Suitable for welding dissimilar steel and dissimilar metals.

Friction welding can not only weld ordinary dissimilar steels, but also dissimilar steels and dissimilar metals with very different mechanical and physical properties at room temperature and high temperature, such as carbon structural steel—high-speed tool steel; copper—stainless steel. In addition, it can also weld dissimilar metals that produce brittle alloys, such as aluminum-copper, aluminum-steel, etc.


High precision of weldment size

3. High precision of weldment size

For the diesel engine pre-combustion chamber produced by friction welding, the maximum error of the overall length is ±0.1 mm. Some special friction welding machines can ensure that the length tolerance of the weldment is 0.2 mm, and the eccentricity is less than 0.2 mm. Therefore, friction welding is not only used to weld blanks, but also to weld assembled products.


The welding machine has low power and energy saving.

4. The welding machine has low power and energy saving.

Compared with friction welding and flash welding, the energy saving is about 80~90%.


Environmental protection properties of friction welding 

5. Environmental protection properties of friction welding 

The friction welding work site is hygienic, free of sparks, arcs and harmful gases, which is conducive to environmental protection, and is suitable for use in automatic production lines with other advanced metal processing methods