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Parameter Studies of Fibre Laser Micro-Welding of Aisi 316L using Taguchi Method
Authors:
Chan Chi Wai, AMT Research Center, Dept. of ISE, the HKPolyU; Hong Kong
H.C. Man, AMT Research Center, Dept. of ISE, the HKPolyU; Hong Kong
T.M. Yue, AMT Research Center, Dept. of ISE, the HKPolyU; Hong Kong
Presented at PICALO 2008

This paper discusses the application of the Taguchi experimental design approach in optimizing the key process parameters for micro-welding of thin AISI 316L foil using the 100W CW fibre laser. A L16 Taguchi experiment was conducted to systematically understand how the power, scanning velocity, focus position, gas flow rate and type of shielding gas affect the bead dimensions. The welds produced in the L16 Taguchi experiment was mainly of austenite cellular-dendrite structure with an average grain size of 5μm. An exact penetration weld with the largest penetration to fusion width ratio was obtained. Among those process parameters, the interaction between power and scanning velocity presented the strongest effect to the penetration to fusion width ratio and the power was found to be the predominantly important factor that drives the interaction with other factors to appreciably affect the bead dimensions.

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