Weldability of zinc coated steel sheet by plasma arc welding

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The use of zinc coated steel in the automotive industry is rapidly increasing as a result of consumer demand for improved corrosion resistance of automobile bodies. Plasma arc welding of zinc coated steels is currently under investigation, with a strong emphasis on their weldability. In the present study, plasma arc welding has been performed on zinc coated steel with several welding parameters, such as current, travel speed and flow of plasma gas. Those parameters are interrelated in their effect on penetration, in order to produce sound welds. An optimum combination of parameters was sought, which would give full penetration of the weld, with the highest travel speed and no visual defects on every steel-sheet as a basis; hence, characterizing the process in the most interesting way and into a useful industrial applications. It is found that zinc coated steel sheets of 0.7 mm and 1 mm thickness can be welded by plasma arc welding. The microstructures of welds were almost similar. There is a slight difference in chemical composition of the welds because of zinc pick-up which varies from the top surface to the bottom welds. The presence of zinc in the welds did not have any effect on the mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Science Forum - Advanced Welding and Micro Joining/Packaging for the 21st Century - Selected peer reviewed papers from the International Welding/Joining Conference-Korea 2007, IWJC 2007
EditorsChang Hee Lee, Jong-Bong Lee, Jong-Bong Lee, Dong-Hwan Park, Suck-Joo Na
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780878493609
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Welding/Joining Conference-Korea 2007, IWJC 2007 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 May 200712 May 2007

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752


ConferenceInternational Welding/Joining Conference-Korea 2007, IWJC 2007
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Mechanical properties and weldability
  • Plasma arc welding
  • Zinc coated steel sheet


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