Comparison of ALE finite element method and adaptive smoothed finite element method for the numerical simulation of friction stir welding

A.A. van der Stelt, T.C. Bor, H.J.M. Geijselaers, W. Quak, R. Akkerman, J. Huétink

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In this paper, the material flow around the pin during friction stir welding (FSW) is simulated using a 2D plane strain model. A pin rotates without translation in a disc with elasto-viscoplastic material properties and the outer boundary of the disc is clamped. Two numerical methods are used to solve this problem and an analytical solution is derived. The analytical model is complementary to validate the two numerical methods, i.e. the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) method and the adaptive smoothed finite elements method (ASFEM).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 14th International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming 2011
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
EditorsGary Menary
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
ISBN (Print)978-0-7354-0911-8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2011
EventESAFORM 2011: 14th International Conference on Material Forming - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Apr 201129 Apr 2011
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
PublisherAIP Publishing LLC
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceESAFORM 2011
Abbreviated titleESAFORM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Analytical solution
  • Elasto-viscoplastic
  • Adaptive smoothed finite elements method
  • Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian method
  • Friction stir welding

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