2016 Volume 56 Issue 11 Pages 2022-2028
Laser beam welding at high speeds enhances solidification cracking susceptibility, and brittleness temperature range must be measured under a high cooling rate to quantitatively evaluate the influence of welding speed upon the susceptibility. This work investigated the influence of welding speed upon the solidification cracking susceptibility of type 310S stainless steel using the laser Trans-Varestraint test. A multi-sensor camera based on two-color thermometry measured two-dimensional temperature distribution around the molten pool to obtain the temperature range along different solidification crack directions, and the applicability and accuracy of the two-dimensional temperature distribution technique for measuring temperature range of cracks was investigated. The brittleness temperature range was measured precisely with this method; it was nearly constant around 102°C at welding speeds from 0.2 to 2.0 m/min. The results demonstrated the effect of the welding speed from 0.2 to 2.0 m/min upon the solidification cracking susceptibility was very small.