20 years of
friction stir welding
The advantages of FSW:
- Strengths of 80 - 100% of the parent material
- High degree of consistency, resulting infewer rejects
- Gas- and pressure-tight
- Little distortion
- Usually no pre- or post-processing required
RIFTEC is friction stir welding
Never heard of friction stir welding before? You're not alone.
Have you heard of it and would like to know more?
In either case, you have come to the right place, because we have been in friction stir welding for 20 years – first in research, then in industry. Here in Geesthacht we have brought together the greatest FSW experience and competency in all of Germany.
I regard RIFTEC as a pioneering company and one of the very first companies to develop friction technology commercially in Germany. (…) Axel and Alex ‘pinned their colours to the mast’- they championed the technology when others were unsure.Wayne Thomas, inventor of friction stir welding at TWI in Cambridge
The process is remarkably simple. A special rotary tool runs along the joint between two workpieces, with the shoulder of the tool riding on the edges of the joint. The rotation and the pressure exerted generates heat by friction, which plasticises the material. On its path along the joint, the tool stirs the material of the two workpieces and compresses it at the same time. The result is a very solid joint.
Schematic representation of the friction stir welding process
Wear-resistant tools create frictional heat and exert pressure on the joining area. The fixing of the components and a solid base ensure that the horizontal and vertical process forces are absorbed.
The friction between the rotating tool and the material gives rise to the heat necessary for plasticization.