Effect of selective laser heat treatment on geometrical variation in boron steel components: An experimental investigation
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Selective laser heat treatment is a well-known process for its ability to produce tailor heat treated blanks (THTB). Specifically, ultra high strength boron steels with tailored material properties can be produced. However, this process generates unwanted distortion and influences geometrical variation. This in turn can affect functionality, aesthetics, and performance of the final product. Understanding the effects on geometrical variation in the final product or the assembly will enable in designing and producing geometry assured products. In this paper, boron steel blanks were selectively laser heat treated with a specific heat treatment pattern and laser heating direction sequence. These heat treated blanks were then cold formed. Further on, spot welding simulation of the cold formed parts was performed to assess the effect on geometrical variation at the assembly level. The results show that the effect of selective laser heat treatment on geometrical variation at part level propagates further to the assembly level. It implies that the effect on geometrical variation should be minimized at part level, when the blanks are laser heat treated. Hence, the sources that influence geometrical variation at part level when employing selective laser heat treatment are presented and discussed. The motivation and possibilities to minimize the effects in the early design concept stages is provided.

boron steels

geometrical variation

Selective laser heat treatment

tailor heat treated blanks

geometry assurance

Författare

Vaishak Ramesh Sagar

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

Kristina Wärmefjord

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Produktutveckling

Rikard Söderberg

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture

0954-4054 (ISSN)

Vol. In Press 0954405420949759

Ämneskategorier

Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Energiteknik

Bearbetnings-, yt- och fogningsteknik

DOI

10.1177/0954405420949759

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2020-10-07