This paper encompasses our first efforts towards the numerical simulation of friction stir welding by employing a Lagrangian approach. To this end, we have employed a meshless method, namely the Natural Element Method (NEM). Friction Stir welding is a welding process where the union between the work pieces is achieved through the extremely high deformation imposed by a rotating pin, which moves between the two pieces. This extremely high strain is the main responsible of the difficulties associated with the numerical simulation of this forming process. Eulerian and Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) frameworks encounter difficulties in some aspects of the simulation. For instance, these approaches need additional techniques for the description of the boundary between materials, such as level sets, boundary markers or similar. In this paper we address the issue of employing a Lagrangian framework, which adequately describes the evolution in time of the interphase. The meshless character of the technique also ensures that no degeneracy on the accuracy is obtained due to mesh distortion. Some examples are presented that show the potential of the technique in simulating such a process.
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2007|
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