Effect of Joining Process on the Coatings of Self-Piercing Rivets
In this study, effects of laser assisted self-pierce riveting (LSPR) as a mechanical joining technique were investigated on the coatings of self- piercing rivets. Zn-Sn and Al plated rivets were used to join magnesium sheets by LSPR. Microstructure, surface topography and roughness of the rivet’s coatings were characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and surface profilometry. A comparison of results before and after joining process showed that under joining conditions, Zn-Sn coating was deformed during riveting process and its thickness and microstructure varied along the rivet shank, while Al coating remained unchanged and no effects of riveting process was detected.
M. Esfahani et al., "Effect of Joining Process on the Coatings of Self-Piercing Rivets", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 488-489, pp. 1501-1505, 2012