US Patent No. 10,335,890

SEAM WELDING METHOD AND VEHICLE BODY


Patent No. 10,335,890
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Seam Welding Method And Vehicle Body
Inventorship Yasuhiro Kawai, Tochigi (JP)
Noriko Kurimoto, Tochigi (JP)
Mitsugu Kaneko, Tochigi (JP)
Haruhiko Kobayashi, Tochigi (JP)
Kazuhiko Yamaashi, Tochigi (JP)
Assignee HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,335,890

1. A vehicle body which is formed by joining plural laminated metal sheets together through welding, the vehicle body comprising:a side panel in which a front side door opening for an associated front side door is defined,
a portion of the side panel surrounding the front side door opening includes a front portion, a front pillar, a center pillar, and a side sill,
the front portion, the front pillar, the center pillar, and the side sill include flange portions which form a circumferential edge portion of the side panel that defines the front side door opening, the circumferential edge portion constitutes a welded portion, and
the circumferential edge portion is quadrangular shaped with linear portions and corner portions where a sharp curve is formed,
the side panel of the vehicle body including:
spot welded areas formed in the welded portion, the spot welded areas including spot welded joint portions formed through spot welding, the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions and include a boundary portion where number of laminated metal sheets differ; and
seam welded joint portions formed in the welded portion, the seam welded joint portions formed through seam welding, the seam welded joint portions being formed along the linear portions between the spot welded areas formed at the corner portions,
wherein in the spot welded areas the spot welded joint portions are located on either side of the boundary portion and in positions which face end portions of the seam welded joint portions.