Accession Number : ADA110610
Title : Automatic Welding Control Using a State Variable Model.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Moody,William V
Report Date : Jun 1979
Pagination or Media Count : 75
Abstract : Although automatic welders have existed commercially for at least the past ten years, they have proved inadequate to fulfill the needs of current shipbuilding, marine structure and major pipeline manufacturing contractors. The recent Alaskan pipeline construction program where hundreds of skilled manual welding craftsmen were sought out and sent to our most northern state is a good example. The development of a reliable and adaptable automatic welding process capable of rapidly producing good weldments is considered to be a primary requirement of today's industry. Presented here is a description of the process variables encountered in the Gas Tungsten Arc and the Gas Metal Arc Welding processes; the description emphasis is placed on the variable interdependence which occurs in these processes. From these variable relationships, a ninth order non-linear state variable description of the Gas Metal Arc process is developed using nine first order non-linear differential relations. Further definition of the exact nature of these relations will permit the development of a second generation automatic welder which will be a dramatic improvement over existing machines. This work is believed to be the first attempt to apply modern control theory to welding.
Descriptors : *WELDING , REQUIREMENTS , INDUSTRIES , AUTOMATION , MANUFACTURING , SKILLS , MODELS , MACHINING , VARIABLES , GAS METAL ARC WELDING , GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING , NONLINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS , ELECTRODES , POWER SUPPLIES , MECHANICAL ENGINEERING , PIPELINES , CONTROL THEORY , SHIPBUILDING , MECHANIZATION
Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE