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MMK210 - Joining technology
Owner: TMASA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0198 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   29 May 2006 am V

In programs

MAMAS MSc PROGR IN ADVANCED MATERIALS - Basic and applied materials science and eng., Year 1 (elective)
TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Engineering metals, Year 4 (elective)
TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Industrial Production and Organization, Year 4 (elective)


Professor  Birger Karlsson


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Course specific prerequisites

Need background is elementary courses in Physical Metallurgy and Engineering Metals.


The goal of the course Joining Technology is to provide a theoretical background to different joining principles and their realisation in mechanical design and production routes.


The aim is to provide the student with a theoretical background to different joining principles and their realisation in mechanical design and production routes. An important goal is to provide an understanding of the relation between different joining methods and the properties of the joint mechanical structure.


The subject is comprised of following five parts:
1) Joining methods for mechanical structures: This part deals - in an overviewing manner - with joining of thin and thick components. Different kinds of joints are dealt with, like welding, adhesive joining, mechanical joining, as well as combinations of different types of joints. Important factors like production effectiveness of different joining routes, stress and energy distributions in loaded structures are viewed upon.
2) Welding techniques: Different welding methods and their relation to products and production. General principles like energy supply, bonding characteristics, thermal conduction, reactions in molten and solidifying welds, electrodes and weld geometry are treated. Other topics as standardisation are also covered.
3) Physical metallurgy of welding: Important topics are weldability, phase transformations, developing microstructures, properties of welds and heat effected zones in different types of materials, embrittlement, defects, internal stresses. Various types of metal systems are treated with emphasis on steels and light metals.
4) Design and strength considerations: Strength characteristics of welded structures. Role of defects. Fatigue properties. Internal stresses. Standardisation.
5) Welding simulation: Use of computer methods for simulation of thermal history, stress distributions and phase transformations. Applications on heat flow problems (Rosenthal equations) are dealt with in MATLAB. Demonstration of weld simulation package SYSWELD.


Lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises, demonstrations.


K. Easterling: Introduction to the Physical Metallurgy of Welding, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 1993.
Klas Weman: Welding Processes Handbook


Written examination. Compulsory laboratory exercises

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