Finite Element Analysis of Weld Thermal Cycles Using ANSYS aims at educating a young researcher on the transient analysis of welding thermal cycles using ANSYS. It essentially deals with the methods of calculation of the arc heat in a welded component when the analysis is simplified into either a cross sectional analysis or an in-plane analysis. The book covers five different cases involving different welding processes, component geometry, size of the element and dissimilar material properties. A detailed step by step calculation is presented followed by APDL program listing and output charts from ANSYS.
•Provides useful background information on welding processes, thermal cycles and finite element method
•Presents calculation procedure for determining the arc heat input in a cross sectional analysis and an in-plane analysis
•Enables visualization of the arc heat in a FEM model for various positions of the arc
•Discusses analysis of advanced cases like dissimilar welding and circumferential welding
•Includes step by step procedure for running the analysis with typical input APDL program listing and output charts from ANSYS.