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Actively controlled vibration welding system and method

United States Patent

April 2, 2013
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A vibration welding system includes a controller, welding horn, an active material element, and anvil assembly. The assembly may include an anvil body connected to a back plate and support member. The element, e.g., a piezoelectric stack or shape memory alloy, is positioned with respect to the assembly. The horn vibrates in a desirable first direction to form a weld on a work piece. The element controls any vibrations in a second direction by applying calibrated response to the anvil body in the second direction. A method for controlling undesirable vibrations in the system includes positioning the element with respect to the anvil assembly, connecting the anvil body to the support member through the back plate, vibrating the horn in a desirable first direction, and transmitting an input signal to the element to control vibration in an undesirable second direction.
Cai; Wayne W. (Troy, MI), Kang; Bongsu (Fort Wayne, IN), Tan; Chin-An (Troy, MI)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (Detroit, MI)
13/ 409,494
March 1, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with U.S. Government support under an Agreement/Project DE-EE0002217, Department of Energy Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009/Battery Pack Manufacturing B511. The U.S. government may have certain rights in this invention.