An Inverse Finite Element Method for the Analysis of Stationary Arc Welding Processes

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Y. F. Hsu, B. Rubinsky

University of California—Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Berkeley, CA 94720

K. Mahin

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550

J. Heat Transfer 108(4), 734-741 (Nov 01, 1986) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3247006 History: Received October 18, 1985; Online October 20, 2009


An inverse finite element computer code was developed to facilitate the experimental analysis of two-dimensional stationary arc welding processes. The method uses transient temperature data from thermocouples imbedded in the solid region of the work piece to determine through a Newton–Raphson interpolation procedure the transient position of the solid–liquid interface and the transient temperature distribution in the solid region of the work piece. The accuracy of the method was demonstrated through comparison with results obtained with a direct finite element code and through comparison with experiments.

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