Friction stir welding of dissimilar materials between aluminium alloys and copper - An overview

Mukuna P. Mubiayi, Esther T. Akinlabi

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Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a solid state welding process used for welding similar and dissimilar materials. The process is widely used because it produces sound welds and does not have common problems such as solidification and liquefaction cracking associated with the fusion welding techniques. The FSW of Aluminium and its alloys has been commercialised; and recent interest is focused on joining dissimilar materials. However, in order to commercialise the process, research studies are required to characterise and establish process windows. In particular, FSW has inspired researchers to attempt joining dissimilar materials such as aluminium to copper which differ in properties and sound welds with none or limited intermetallic compounds has been produced. In this paper, we review the current research state of FSW between aluminium and copper with a focus on the resulting weld microstructure, mechanical testing and the tools employed to produce the welds and also an insight into future research in this field of study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2013, WCE 2013
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2013 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20135 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science
Volume3 LNECS
ISSN (Print)2078-0958


Conference2013 World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Dissimilar materials
  • Intermetallic compounds
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)


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