Welding is one of the most commonly used methods of joining metal pieces. In product development it is often desirable to predict residual stresses and distortions to verify that e.g., alignment tolerances, strength demands, fatigue requirements, stress corrosion cracking, etc. are fulfilled. The objective of this paper is to derive a strategy to improve the efficiency of welding simulations aiming at a (future) simulation-driven design methodology. In this paper, a weld bead deposition technique called block dumping has been applied to improve the efficiency. The proposed strategy is divided into seven steps, where the first four steps are verified by two welding simulation cases (a benchmark problem for a single weld bead-on-plate specimen and a T-welded structure). This study shows that by use of the block dumping technique, the computation time can be reduced by as much as 93% compared to moving heat source, still with acceptable accuracy of the model.

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