Application of friction stir welding in aircraft structures

This thesis was written with purpose of gathering and summarising new knowledge in friction stir welding (FSW) between years 2005 and early 2009, especially with respect to practical application of FSW in aircraft manufacturing processes. It should ease decision making of smaller aircraft (and other) producers when deciding whether to use the technology and asses its benefits.

Chapters IntroductionWelding process and its parameters and FSW application contain the most of the practical information based on solid data (see References). Most of the other parts contains example calculation and optimisation of design when substituting riveted joint by FSW joint.