THE EFFECT OF PULSED ND:YAG LASER WELDING ON SHEAR FORCE AND MICROSTRUCTURE FOR NITI SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY WITH 304L AUSTENITE STAINLESS STEEL WELDMENTS

Abstract

Dissimilar welding of austenitic stainless steel AISI 304L to shape memory alloy SMA NiTi was conducted by utilized Nd: YAG laser beam welding technique. Both AISI 304ASS and SMA have the same dimension (80*20*0.5) mm. The experimental investigation included tensile shear test and microstructure. The results demonstrate that the maximum shear force found in the sample (No/10) reach (2552 N) which has the better laser parameters in this research (peak power of (2.25 KW), pulse duration of (2.4 ms), pulse repetition rate of (40 Hz), and welding speed of (8 mm/Sec). SEM with optical microscope demonstrate the solidification method along the fusion area various in different joints, where they become the planer shape to cellular and transformed the last to dendritic from intra-fusion welding area toward the center because towards weld area interface to weld centerline cooling rate will be rise in all SMA (NiTi) and Austenite stainless steel (ASS) sides.