Unit-V Welding

Gas Welding Gas Welding Processes - Gas welding is a fusion welding process. It joins metals, using the heat of combustion of an oxygen/air and fuel gas (i.e acetylene, hydrogen, propane or butane) mixture. The intense heat (flame) thus produced melts and fuses together the edges of the parts to be welded, generally with the addition of a filler metal

Oxy Acetylene Welding Principle of Operation - When acetylene is mixed with oxygen in correct proportions in the welding torch and ignited, the flame resulting at the tip of the torch is sufficiently hot to melt and join the parent metal. The oxyacetylene flame reaches a temperature of about 3200°C and thus can melt all commercial metals which, during welding, actually flow together to form a complete bond. A filler metal rod is generally added to the molten metal pool to build up the seam slightly for greater strength. Oxyacetylene welding does not require the components to be forced together under pressure until the weld forms and solidifies. Gas Welding Equipment The basic equipments used to carry out gas welding are: 1. Oxygen gas cylinder. 2. Acetylene gas cylinder. 3. Oxygen pressure regulator. 4. Acetylene pressure regulator. 5. Oxygen gas hose(Blue). 6. Acetylene gas hose(Red). 7. Welding torch or blow pipe with a set of nozzles and gas lighter 8. Trolleys for the transportation of oxygen and acetylene cylinders 9. A set of keys and spanners. 10. Filler rods and fluxes. 11. Protective clothing for the welder (e.g., asbestos apron, gloves, goggles, etc

Oxygen Gas Cylinder - Oxygen cylinders are painted black and the valve outlets are screwed right handed. The usual sizes of oxygen cylinders are 3400, 5200 and 6800 litre. Oxygen cylinder is a solid drawn cylinder out of mild steel or alloy steel. Mild steel cylinder is charged to a pressure of 13660 KN/m2 (136.6 bar) and alloy steel cylinders to 17240 KN/m2 (172 bar). The oxygen volume in a cylinder is directly proportional to its pressure. In other words, if the original pressure of a full oxygen cylinder drops by 5% during welding, it means 1/20 of the cylinder contents have been consumed. Because of the possibility of the oxygen pressure becoming high enough to rupture the steel cylinder in case the temperature rises, an oxygen cylinder is equipped with a safety nut that allows the oxygen to drain slowly in the event the temperature increases the gas pressure beyond the safety load of the cylinder. An oxygen cylinder has an inside diameter of 21.6 cm, wall thickness 6.50 mm and length 127.5 cm. In order to protect cylinder valve from getting damaged, a removable steel cap is screwed on the cylinder at all times when the cylinder is not in use. The cylinder valve is kept closed when the cylinder is not in use and even when cylinder is empty. Acetylene Gas Cylinder - An acetylene cylinder is painted maroon and the valves are screwed left handed; to make this easily recognizable they are chamfered or grooved. An acetylene cylinder is also a solid drawn steel cylinder which is charged to a pressure of 1552 KN/m2 (15.5 bar). The usual size of acetylene cylinders are 2800 and 5600 litre. An acetylene cylinder has an inside diameter of 30 cm, wall thickness 4.38 mm and a length of 101.25 cm. An acetylene cylinder is filled with a spongy (porous) material such as balsa wood or some other absorptive material which is saturated with a chemical solvent called acetone. Since high pressure acetylene is not stable, it is dissolved in acetone, which has the ability to absorb a large volume of the gas and release it as the pressure falls. The small compartments in the porous material (filled in the cylinder) prevent the sudden decomposition of the acetylene throughout the mass, should it be started by local heating or other causes. An acetylene cylinder is always kept upright for safety reasons. The acetone in the cylinder must not be permitted to enter the blowpipe, otherwise an explosion could result. The acetylene cylinder valve can only be opened with a special wrench and this wrench is kept in place whenever the cylinder is in use. An acetylene cylinder has a number of fusible plugs, at its bottom, designed to melt at 104°C. These plugs melt and release the pressure in case the cylinder is exposed to excessive heat. Acetylene Gas Generator - If large quantities of acetylene gas are being consumed, it is much cheaper to generate the gas at the place of use with the help of acetylene gas generators. Acetylene gas is generated by carbide to water method, i.e., the generator unit feeds controlled amounts of calcium carbide into the water. When these ingredients are mixed, acetylene gas is produced.

Acetylene generators have certain disadvantages: Greater safety precautions are required. This automatically regulates the amount of calcium carbide falling in water. Pressure Regulators . There are two types of acetylene generators.6 bar. This generator is the one that is more commonly used. 3. A pressure regulator is fitted with two pressure gauges. 2. therefore (i) to reduce the high pressure of the gas in the cylinder to a suitable working pressure. In order to make the operation of acetylene generators safe. Low pressure generator is considered portable and it produces acetylene above 15litres per minute. whereas the acetylene hose is coloured red or maroon and has left handed thread connections with . With this kind of generator only the injector type of blow pipes can be used. Gas obtained is not so pure as available in cylinders. Labour is required to charge carbide and clean out sludge. One indicates the gas pressure in the cylinder and the other shows the reduced pressure at which the gas is going out.1.The pressure of the gases obtained from cylinders/generators is considerably higher than the gas pressure used to operate the welding torch. A pressure regulator is connected between the cylinder/generator and the hose leading to welding torch. (ii)Gas pressure regulators may be classified as: 1. (i) Low pressure generator which delivers the gas at pressures of less than 0.The purpose of using a gas pressure regulator is. if the low pressure type of generator is used.Single stage Regulator 2.1 bar.There is a tendency towards pressure fluctuations with resultant unsteady flame. Two stage Regulator. In control valve opens and closes automatically as the acetylene in the chamber decreases or increases. 4. Welding Hoses and Clamps(a) Hoses: The hose for the supply of oxygen (from the pressure regulator) to the welding torch is coloured blue or black and has right handed thread connections. various devices are incorporated in it. (ii) Medium pressure generator which delivers the gas at a pressure of up to 0. Medium pressure generator is considered stationary and it can produce acetylene up to 3000 litres per minute. and (ii) to produce a steady flow of gas under varying cylinder pressures.

02 bars). High pressure blowpipes or torches are used with (dissolved) acetylene stored in cylinders at a pressure of 8 bars. The clamp squeezes the hose around the nipple to prevent it from working loose. the hoses to be used should be strong. The outer casing is made of tough abrasion resistant rubber. non porous. (ii) Low pressure (or injector) type. For welding purposes. namely: (i) High pressure (or equal pressure) type. There are two types of welding torches. (ii) It does not need an injector. The oxygen passage is surrounded by the one carrying the acetylene. Some precautions are to be taken when using reinforced rubber hoses: (i) Only one gas should be used in a hose. (iii) Hot metal (job) should never be placed on the hose.Oxygen and the fuel gas having been reduced in pressure by the gas regulators are fed through suitable hoses to a welding torch which mixes and controls the flow of gases to the welding nozzle or tip where the gas mixture is burnt to produce a flame for carrying out gas welding operation. For example. (a) Working of a low pressure blowpipe: It is termed as a low pressure blowpipe because it can be operated at low acetylene pressures. (ii) The hose should never be patched or repaired. (iii) In operation. The hose is very robust and capable of withstanding high pressure. flexible and not subject to kinking. The hose is resistant to the action of gases normally used in welding. it is necessary to use oxygen at a high pressure (2. it is less troublesome since it does not suffer from . enters the mixing chamber and pulls (or draws) the acetylene in after it. using an oxygen hose to carry acetylene could cause a serious accident. (b) Hose Clamps (Clips): A metal clamp is used to attach the welding hose to a nipple. Low pressure blowpipes are used with acetylene obtained from an acetylene generator at a pressure of 200 mm head of water (approximately 0. (b) Working of a high pressure blowpipe: In this type of blowpipe both the oxygen and acetylene are fed to the blow pipe at equal pressures and the gases are mixed in a mixing chamber prior to being fed to the nozzle tip. An advantage of low pressure torch is that small fluctuations in the oxygen supplied to it will produce a corresponding change in the amount of acetylene drawn. Welding Torch and Blow Pipe . As acetylene is of low pressure. The equal pressure or high pressure type of blowpipe is the one most generally used because (i) It is lighter and simpler. The oxygen enters the mixing chamber through a passage located in the centre of the torch. thereby making the proportions of the two gases constant while the torch is in operation. Welding hose has a seamless lining which is manufactured from rubber (or a rubber compound) which is reinforced with canvas or wrapped cotton plies. A nut on the other end of the nipple is connected to the regulator or torch.5 bar). it is frequently used with acetylene generators. The high pressure oxygen passes through a small opening in the injector nozzle.chamfers or grooves on the nuts.

A chart giving sizes of tips for welding various thicknesses of metal along with oxygen and acetylene pressures used is generally provided by the manufacturers. As the orifice size increases. The following factors are important in the selection of appropriate welding nozzle: (i) The position of the weld.(iii) Job thickness and the size of welding flame required for the job. A welding nozzle enables the welder to guide the flame and direct it with the maximum ease and efficiency. or(ii) As a set of gooseneck extensions fitting directly onto the mixer portion of the blowpipe. To provide for different amounts of heat. to weld metals of different thicknesses.backfires to the same extent. a set of tips which screw onto the head of the blowpipe. . it is only necessary to change the nozzle tip (size) and increase or decrease the gas pressures appropriately Welding Nozzles or Tips: Depending upon the design of the welding torch (or the blow pipe) the interchangeable nozzles may consist of :(i) Either. The welding nozzle or tip is that portion of the torch which is located at the end of the torch and contains the opening through which the oxygen and acetylene gas mixture passes prior to ignition and combustion. The choice of the proper tip size is very important to good welding. The size of a welding tip is determined by the diameter of the opening or orifice in the tip.(ii) The type of joint. welding tips are made in various sizes. greater amounts of the welding gases pass through and are burnt to supply a greater amount of heat.(iv) The metal/alloy to be welded. To change the power of the welding torch.


The flame has a nicely defined inner cone which is light blue in colour. shape and condition in order to operate with maximum efficiency. safe and inexpensive means of lighting the torch.1 to 1). The gas cylinders are held in place with chains and supported on the bottom with a steel platform. produced by the combination of oxygen in the air and superheated carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases from the inner cone. Spark lighters are constructed from flint and steel. It is surrounded by an outer flame envelope. Trolleys may have rubber tires or steel rim wheels. Reducing Flame (Excess of acetylene) In oxyacetylene welding. flame is the most important tool. Gas Cylinder Trolleys . The correct type of flame is essential for the production of satisfactory welds. Neutral Flame . Neutral Flame (Acetylene oxygen in equal proportions) 2. has an advantage. Oxidising Flame (Excess of oxygen) 3. The flame must be of the proper size.Trolleys should be capable of accommodating one oxygen cylinder and one acetylene cylinder required for gas welding.Gas Lighter A gas (spark) lighter provides a convenient. (More accurately the oxygen-to-acetylene ratio is 1. This envelope is usually a much darker blue than the inner cone. The temperature of the neutral flame is of the order of about 3260ºC.A neutral flame is produced when approximately equal volumes of oxygen and acetylene are mixed in the welding torch and burnt at the torch tip. All the welding equipment simply serves to maintain and control the flame. Normally cylinders can be mounted on a trolley side by side. but where work has to be done on plant with access only by narrow gangways the. . Types of Flames 1. Match sticks should never be used for this purpose because the puff of the flame produced by the ignition of the acetylene flowing from the tip is likely to burn the welder's hand.

This chemical change makes the metal unfit for many applications in which the weld may .e. For example. the resulting flame will be a carburising or reducing flame.A neutral flame is named so because it effects no chemical change in the molten metal and therefore will not oxidize or carburize the metal. in these cases. the zinc has a tendency to separate and fume away. The high temperature of an oxidizing flame (O2: C2H2 = 1. tends to combine with many metals to form hard. its burning temperature is lower and the left over carbon is forced into the molten metal.If. This is because of excess oxygen and which causes the temperature to rise as high as 3500°C. A reducing flame does not completely. much bluer in colour and more pointed than that of the neutral flame. the supply of oxygen is further increased. consume the available carbon. An oxidising flame can be recognized by the small white cone which is shorter. brittle.5: 1) would be an advantage if it were not for the fact that the excess oxygen. low strength oxides. The neutral flame is commonly used for the welding of: (i) Mild steel (ii) Stainless steel (iii) Cast Iron (iv) Copper (v) Aluminium Oxidising Flame . The formation of a covering copper oxide prevents the zinc from dissipating. an excess of oxygen causes the weld bead and the surrounding area to have a scummy or dirty appearance. creates a base metal oxide that protects the base metal. such as manganese steel and cast iron The oxidizing atmosphere. The outer flame envelope is much shorter and tends to fan out at the end on the other hand the neutral and carburizing envelopes tend to come to a sharp point. The outer flame envelope is longer than that of the neutral flame and is usually much brighter in colour. A slightly oxidising flame is helpful when welding most (i) Copper base metals (ii) Zinc base metals. the result will be an oxidising flame. and (iii) A few types of ferrous metals. rich in acetylene.If the volume of oxygen supplied to the neutral flame is reduced. i. Reducing Flame . brittle substance known as iron carbide. especially at high temperatures. An oxidising flame burns with a decided loud roar. an oxidising flame is of limited use in welding. after the neutral flame has been established. A reducing flame can be recognized by acetylene feather which exists between the inner cone and the outer envelope. therefore. An oxidising flame tends to be hotter than the neutral flame. It is not used in the welding of steel. Moreover. For these reasons. With iron and steel it produces very hard. in welding brass.

A reducing flame. the acetylene valve on the torch is opened slightly and lighted with the help of a friction spark lighter. This flame is very well used for welding high carbon steel To conclude.g. which results from an excess of oxygen in the gas mixture. (e. which has a whitish feather around and beyond the inner cone. The well-defined core of the flame (extremely bright pale blue) is known as the “inner cone”. The flame draws the oxygen from the atmosphere and thus results in a reducing flame. e. Then the acetylene valve is opened to get the required flow of acetylene. non ferrous) that do not tend to absorb carbon. A reducing flame has an approximate temperature of 3038°C. more sharplypointed inner cone than the neutral flame. Metals that tend to absorb carbon should not be welded with reducing flame. but the other types of flames are sometimes needed for special welds. Welding Technique: To light the flame. A reducing flame may be distinguished from a carburizing flame by the fact that a carburizing flame contains more acetylene than a reducing flame. The excess acetylene flame.need to be bent or stretched. whilst zinc bearing alloys may need an oxidising flame for welding purposes. A carburizing flame is used in the welding of lead and for carburizing (surface hardening) purposes. non-ferrous alloys and high carbon steels may require a reducing flame. which results from burning a mixture containing approximately equial volumes of oxygen and acetylene. on the other hand. has a shorter. The neutral flame. The oxygen valve is then slowly opened till ..g. does not carburize the metal. rather it ensures the absence of the oxidizing condition. for most welding operations the Neutral Flame is correct. The oxidizing flame. It is used for welding with low alloy steel rods and for welding those metals.

In multi pass welding. This welding allows a better penetration as well as form bigger weld. The various butt joint edge preparations are shown in the adjacent figure. the first pass (root pass) is very critical in any welding operation. This is done with the help of a welding rod whose composition depends on the parent metal of the joint. . The choice of the torch size depends on the thickness of the metal to be joined. The actual adjustment of the flame depends on the type of material to be joined. In backhand welding the torch moves backwards. Oxy-fuel welding can be used for all the types of joints in all positions. When the welding rod is used to provide filler material. Overhead usage requires additional skill to safeguard the welder.5 to 3. The torch movement along the joint should be either oscillating or circular. This allows the joint to be continuously annealed relieving the welding stresses. the torch is moved in the direction of the tip. This way the rod gets preheated and when dipped into the puddle would readily get melted. The outer blue flames are directed on the already welded joint. Backhand welding is generally used for thicker materials. The torch should be held at an angle of 30 to 450 from the horizontal plane.5 to 3. This tends to preheat before the white cone of the tip melts it. The torch tip should be positioned above the metal plate so that the white cone is at a distance of 1. Larger torch tip sizes cause higher amount of oxygen and fuel to flow out causing the release of more heat. it is necessary to hold it at a distance of 10 mm from the flame and 1.0 mm from the plate. All joints except outside corner joint require a filler metal to be added to fill the joint.0 mm from the surface of the weld metal pool or puddle.the intermediate flame feather of the reducing flame recedes into the inner white cone. Thicker plates require more than one pass of the gas torch along the length to complete the joint. In forehand welding.

Oxy-acetylene gas cutting outfit is similar to that of the oxy-acetylene welding except for the torch tip.90 MJ/Kg of iron All the above reactions are exothermic in nature and as such would provide a good amount of heat to preheat the steel. The cutting can start at the edge or in the middle of the plate. the operator should release the oxygen jet to start the cutting. The heat generated causes the metal to melt and get blown away by the oxygen pressure. After the steel is heated to the kindling temperature which is about 870 0C.67 MJ/Kg of iron 2Fe + O2 -. the oxygen jet burns the metal and blows it away causing the cut. Thus the tip has a central hole for oxygen jet with surrounding holes for preheating flames. Drag is the amount by which the lower edge of the drag line trails from the top edge. The cutting tip should be chosen for the intended application.18 MJ/Kg of iron 4 Fe + 3 O2 -. This process is used for cutting steel plates of various thicknesses (can go up to 2 m) mainly because the equipment required is simple and can be carried anywhere without handling the heavy steel plates. . After the plate has reached the kindling temperature.2FeO + 3. About 30 to 40 % of metal is simply blown away. it gets readily combined with oxygen giving iron oxide with the following reactions: 3 Fe + 2 O2 -. But this energy may not be sufficient to bring the steel to its kindling temperature. while the rest is oxidised.Fe3O4 + 6. moving the torch in the forehand direction to achieve the desired cut.2Fe2O3 + 4.Gas Cutting: It is possible to rapidly oxidise (burn) iron and steel when it is heated to a temperature between 800 to 1000 0C. The size is normally dependent on the thickness of the plate which determines the amount of preheating as well as the oxygen jet flow required for cutting. When a high pressure oxygen jet with a pressure of the order of 300 KPa is directed against a heated steel plate. Here the torch tip has a provision for preheating the plate as well as providing the oxygen jet. and hence preheating flames may have to be continued as somewhat lower rate.

. Though the gas cutting is more useful with thick plates. then the tip is inclined at an angle of 15 to 20 degrees. Gas cutting can be done manually or by a machine. thin sheets (less than 3 mm) can also be cut by this process taking special precautions.A good cut is characterised by very small or negligible drag. all the preheated metal is burnt away by the oxygen jet and a large amount of slag is generated. In machine cutting the torch is mounted on a rail and both rail and the torch can move simultaneously along the two mutually perpendicular axes in the horizontal plane with the help of servo motors. When the torch is moved slowly. the metal at the bottom does not get sufficient heat to get oxidized and cut and hence there is a large drag. When the torch is moved too rapidly. Tip size chosen should be as small as possible. If small tips are not available. The manual cutting is used for general purpose work and for straight line cutting. There is provision in the machine to hold more than one torch so that large number of identical pieces can be cut at the same time.

brazing and braze welding. stainless steel which resist oxidation. • The cost of equipment is not so high. throat and lungs. Arc Welding Arc welding is the fusion of two pieces of metal by an electric arc between the pieces being joined – the work pieces – and an electrode that is guided along the joint between the pieces. Limitations of gas welding: • Heavy sections cannot be joined efficiently. • Prolonged heating of the joint may results in large HAZ. . • Heat affected zone (HAZ) is very narrow. • Welding equipment is portable and can be operated at remote places. Cutting of high carbon steels and cast irons require special attention due to formation of heat affected zone (HAZ) where structural transformation occurs. The electrode is either a rod that simply carries current between the tip and the work. • Acetylene and oxygen are expensive gases. • More safety is recommended in gas welding. • As the source of heat and filler metal are separated. • For welding both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. cutting. • For heavy sections proper penetration may not be achieved. The same equipment with a range of torches would be used for welding. But it cannot be used for materials like aluminium. Advantages of gas welding: • It is one of the versatile methods of welding. the metal deposition can be easily controlled and heat properly adjusted giving rise to a satisfactory weld. project site works. bronze.Oxygen cutting would be useful only for those materials which readily get oxidised and the oxides have lower melting points than the metals. So it is most widely used for ferrous materials. Applications: • For joining of thin materials. • Rate of heat generation is less so thin sheets can be welded. nose. • In automotive &aircraft industries. • Flux used in the filler metal provides fumes which are irritating to the eyes. • For joining materials in whose case excessively high temperature or rapid heating and cooling of the job would produce unwanted changes in the metal. or a rod or wire that melts and supplies filler metal to the joint. workshops etc. • Slower speed of welding compared electric arc welding.

There are two types of electrodes. Most arc welding processes minimize contact between the molten metal and the air with a shield of gas. thus improving the weld. an arc is created across the gap between the metal and the hot cable electrode. filler metal is melted into the joint from a separate rod or wire. The arc produces a temperature of about 3600°C at the tip and melts part of the metal being welded and part of the electrode. This produces a pool of molten metal that cools and solidifies behind the electrode as it is moved along the joint. Instead. When the electrode is positioned close to the work piece. An ionized column of gas develops to complete the circuit. adds deoxidizers that create a shield to protect the molten pool. for example. and molten metal droplets detach and mix into the weld pool.The basic arc welding circuit is an alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power source connected by a “work” cable to the work piece and by a “hot” cable to an electrode. Consumable electrode tips melt. Non-consumable electrodes do not melt. vapour or slag. The strength of the weld is reduced when metals at high temperatures react with oxygen and nitrogen in the air to form oxides and nitrides. The Five Most Common Arc Welding Processes . Granular flux.

Selection of power source is mainly dependent on welding process and consumable. With constant voltage power supply the arc voltage is established by setting the output voltage on the source. The open circuit voltage normally ranges between 70-90 V in case of welding transformers while in case of rectifiers it is 50-80 V. Each welding process has distinct differences from one another. However. higher efficiency and lower maintenance as compared to generators. It has a slightly downward or negative slope because of sufficient internal electrical resistance and inductance in the welding circuit to cause a minor droop in the output volt ampere characteristics. The power source shall supply necessary current to melt the electrode at the rate required to maintain the preset voltage or relative arc length. The other types use step-down transformers. welding voltages are lower as compared to open circuit voltage of the power source. Normally rectifiers and transformers are preferred because of low noise.Welding Power Sources: The main requirement of a power source is to deliver controllable current at a voltage according to the demands of the welding process being used. Because transformer-type welding transformers are quieter. are more energy efficient. Constant voltage power source does not have true constant voltage output. Due to some internal or external fluctuation . rectifiers and DC generators are being used in shop while engine coupled AC generators as well as sometimes DC generators are used at site where line supply is not available. • Constant potential or constant voltage or flat characteristic power source. The use of such power source in conjunction with a constant electrode wire feed results in a self regulating or self adjusting arc length system. One type uses electric motors or internal combustion engines to drive alternators or generators. The speed of electrode drive is used to control the average welding current. they are now the industry standards. require less maintenance and are less expansive. Therefore. Based on the static characteristics power sources can be classified in two categories • Constant current or drooping or falling characteristic power source. However. Welding transformers. The conventional welding power sources are: Power Source Supply Power Source (i) Welding Transformer (ii) Welding Rectifier (iii) Welding Generators Supply AC DC AC or DC (Depending on generator) Types of Power Source sand characteristics Two types of electrical devices can be used to produce low-voltage. high-amperage current combination that arc welding requires. both in the form of process controls required to accomplish a given operating condition and the consequent demands on the power source. engine-powered generators are still widely used for portable welding. arc welding power sources are playing very important role in welding.

2: Drooping or Constant current or Falling Characteristic. . Fig 4. Fig 4. The power source may have open circuit voltage adjustment in addition to output current control. it will automatically increase or decrease the electrode melting rate to regain the desired arc length. with a consumable electrode welding process. With a change in arc voltage. Under these conditions the short circuiting current shall be limited leading to safety of power source and the electrode. the change in current is small and.if the change in welding current occurs. therefore.1: Constant Potential or Constant Voltage or Flat Characteristic. A change in either control will change the slope of the volt ampere curve. The volt ampere output curves for constant current power source are called �drooper' because of substantial downward or negative slope of the curves. electrode melting rate would remain fairly constant with a change in arc length. These power sources are required for processes using relatively thicker consumable electrodes which may sometimes get stubbed to workpiece or with nonconsumable tungsten electrode where during touching of electrode for starting of arc may lead to damage of electrode if current is unlimited.

Table 4. Type of Current and Static Characteristic Type ofStatic Characteristic of Welding Process Current The Power Source Manual Metal Arc Welding Tungsten Inert Gas Welding Plasma Arc Welding Submerged Arc Welding Gas Metal Arc Welding / Metal Inert Gas Welding / Metal Active Gas Welding Constant Current Constant Current Constant Current Constant Current (if electrode  = 2. current passes through the skin of operator causing no damage to the operator.e.4 mm ) Constant Potential .e. High frequency unit is introduced in the welding circuit but in between the control circuit and HF unit. Welding cycle time is either 5 minutes as per European standards or 10 minutes as per American standard and accordingly power sources are designed. The welding current which can be drawn at a duty cycle can be evaluated from the following equation. It arcing time is continuously 5 minutes then as per European standard it is 100% duty cycle and 50% as per American standard. High frequency unit is a device which supplies high voltage of the order of few KV along with high frequency of few KHz with low current. Duty Cycle: Duty cycle is the ratio of arcing time to the weld cycle time multiplied by 100. At 100% duty cycle minimum current is to be drawn i.Some power sources need high frequency unit to start the arc. Duty cycle and associated currents are important as it ensures that power source remains safe and its windings are not getting damaged due to increase in temperature beyond specified limit. The maximum current which can be drawn from a power source depends upon its size of winding wire. type of insulation and cooling system of the power source. filters are required so that high frequency may not flow through control circuit and damage it. which may be requirement of processes like TIG and plasma arc. Although high voltage may be fatal for the operator but when it is associated with high frequencies then current does not enter body but it causes only skin effect i. This high voltage ionizes the medium between electrode and workpiece/nozzle starting pilot arc which ultimately leads to the start of main arc.4 mm ) Constant Potential (if electrode  = 2.1: Welding Processes. with the reduction of duty cycle current drawn can be of higher level.

are being built today. but due to the moving parts." All AC types utilize single-phase primary power and are of the constant current type. Because the current being used is alternating or reverse each 1/60 of a second. high-amperage current.Rotating type power sources may be divided into two classifications: 1. They may utilize either single phase or three phase input power. but rectify the AC or DC by the use of selenium rectifiers. the magnetic field is constantly being built and allowed to collapse. By placing a second or secondary winding of wire in the magnetic field produced by the first or primary winding a current will be induced in the secondary winding. The two major categories of static power sources are the transformer type and the rectifier type. steps the line voltage down to useable welding voltages. silicon diodes or silicon controlled rectifiers. The transformer type produce only alternating current. If the wire is wound into a coil the weak magnetic field of each wire is concentrated to produce a much stronger central magnetic force. Motor-Generators 2. Rotating Type power Sources . Engine driven types consist of a gasoline or diesel engine coupled to a generator or alternator that produces the desired welding power. AC Transformers or AC welding machine: A welding transformer uses the alternating current (AC) supplied to the welding shop at a high voltage to produce the low-voltage power. some manufacturers offer units that are a combination of both and can be used for coated electrode welding. . A step-down transformer takes a highvoltage. or a combination of both. in turn. As electrons flow through a wire they produce a magnetic field around the wire. The placing an iron core in the center of these coils will increase the concentration of the magnetic field as shown in Fig. Engine-Driven. Available in either the constant current or the constant voltage type. non-consumable electrode welding and for welding with solid or flux cored wires. These machines produced excellent welds.Static Type Power Sources . They are commonly called "Welding Transformers.Static type power sources are all of those that use commercially generated electrical power to energize a transformer that. required considerable maintenance. the power (Watts) into a transformer equals the power (Watts) out because the volts and amperes are mutually increase and decreased. The rectifier types are commonly called "Welding Rectifiers" and produce DC or. Few. Except for some power lost by heat within a transformer. low-amperage current changes it into a low-voltage. if any. They contain a transformer. Both rotating types can deliver either AC or DC welding power.3-14. They are used extensively on jobs beyond commercial power lines and also as mobile repair units. AC and DC welding current. Both types are available as constant current or constant voltage models. A transformer with more turns of wire in the primary winding than in the secondary winding is known as step-down transformer. Motor-generator types consist of an electric motor coupled to a generator or alternator that produces the desired welding power.

the higher is the amperage induced in the turns. It takes the high line voltage (220V. These machines may have a large number of fixed amperes or they may have two or more amperages that can be adjusted further with a fine adjusting knob.A transformer welder is step-down transformer. the old selenium rectifiers and the more modern silicon rectifiers. called taps.)and changes it into 17V to 45V at 190A to 590 A. movable coil or movable core. This is accomplished with a device called a rectifier. 440 V etc. Welding machines can be classified by the method by which control or adjust the welding current. The fine adjusting knob may be marked in amperes. 3-15. See Figure 16 SILICON RECTIFIER SELENIUM RECTIFIER Fig. Fig. The multiple-coil or tap-type machine. Two types of rectifiers have been used extensively in welding machines. or in any other unit. The commercially produced AC power that operates the welding machine must then be changed (rectified) to direct current for the DC arc.) and low –amperage current (50A. allows the selection of different current settings by tapping into the secondary coil at a different turn value. The major classifications are multiple-coil. 16 . often referred to as diodes. DC Welding Machine: Although much welding is accomplished with AC welding power sources. and inverter type. the majority of industrial welding is done with machines that produce a direct current arc. 60 A etc. hundredths. or it may be marked in tenths. The greater the number of turns.

By using four rectifiers connected in a certain manner. a bridge rectifier is created. 1 Cycle Fig. 19. as shown in figure.The function of a rectifier in the circuit can best be shown by the use of the AC sine wave. Fig. 17 SINGLE PHASE HALF WAVE RECTIFICATION Fig. and 400 ampere ratings. current is allowed to flow through the rectifier. These types of machines are the smallest. and job/shop welding. Another method is by plugging the electrode cable into different sockets located on the front of the machine. The bridge rectifier results in 120 positive half-cycles per second. One such method is an adjustable reactor that is set by turning a crank until the appropriate setting is found. the current is blocked.A DC welding generator produces direct current in either straight or reverse polarity. Machines with a 150. During the positive half-cycle. 3 PHASE FULL WAVE RECTIFICATION Alternating-Current Transformer Welding Machines. producing full wave rectification.phase power. Industrial applications for manual operation use machines having 200. The transformers are usually equipped with arc. — Practically all the alternating current (AC) arc-welding machines in use are the static-transformer type. least expensive. With one diode in the circuit. During the negative half-cycle. Current control is provided in several ways by the welding transformer manufacturers. and the lightest type of welders made. This produces a DC composed of 60 positive pulses per second. a relatively smooth DC voltage results as shown in Figure 19. 18 SINGLE PHASE FULL WAVE RECTIFICATION Three-phase AC can be rectified to produce an even smoother DC than single-phase AC. which often occurs when welding with direct-current (dc) machines. producing a considerably smoother direct current than half-wave rectification. One major advantage of ac transformers is the freedom from arc blow. Since three-phase AC power produces three times as many half-cycles per second as single. DC Generator Sets . half-wave rectification takes place as shown in Figure 17. The polarity selected for welding depends upon the kind of electrode . The negative half-wave is simply cut off and a pulsating DC is produced. garage.stabilizing capacitors.ampere rating are used in light industrial. 300. Arc blow causes the arc to wander while you are welding in corners on heavy metal or using large coated electrodes. See Figure 18.

(ii) Constant arc voltage. Generators are designed to rotate at speeds of 1500. it can be used in practically all welding operations. The armature is rotated by an electric motor or an engine. (iv) Diesel driven generators form self-contained units.used and the material to be welded. (v) Generator output (as it does in transformer and rectifier sets) is not affected by normal variations in power line voltage. Polarity is the direction of the current flow in a circuit. voltage also increases. (iii) Noisy machine operation. To help you remember the difference. In straight polarity. With ac welding machines. When using dc welding machines. (iii) Nearly all ferrous and non-ferrous metals can be welded. the electrons flow from the electrode to the workpiece. as the current increases. Diesel operated generator sets are suitable for out-door applications or other areas where power is not available. arc voltage rises and the current decreases and vice versa. In rising voltage characteristics. the electrode is positive and the workpiece negative. In drooping characteristics as the arc length increases. A polarity switch on most machines provides reversed or straight polarity. (ii) Higher maintenance cost.automatic (MIG) or automatic welding processes. A DC generator is powered either by an electric motor or a diesel engine. the electrode is negative and the workpiece positive. (iii) Rising arc voltage. Constant voltage characteristics are preferred for semi. Disadvantages of DC generator sets (i) Higher initial cost. polarity is not a problem. The open circuit voltage is between 50 and 100 volts. as shown in figure 7-9. Fully automatic welding processes use rising voltage characteristic machines. Three V-I (Voltage-current) characteristics used in arc welding DC machines to help control fluctuating currents are: (i) Drooping arc voltage or constant current. you can weld with either straight polarity or reverse polarity. (ii) Welding can be carried out in all positions. the electrons flow from the workpiece to the electrode. Machine with drooping characteristics is used for standard shielded arc manual welding. (vi) DC is most universal in application. A generator is designed such that it will compensate for any change in the arc column voltage. The current is drawn off for welding use by a commutator. An exception is TIG welding of Al and Mg. Current output will vary depending upon the type of unit. Advantages of DC Generator Sets (i) Straight and reverse polarities can be employed to advantage. . The current supplied by a DC generator is created by an armature rotating in an electrical field. usually done with AC. because they maintain a preset voltage regardless of the amount of current being drawn from the machine. In reverse polarity. thus ensuring a stabilized arc. 1800 or 3600 rpm to give optimum current values. Generator supplies voltage usually in the range from 15 to 45 volts across the arc.

reverse polarity permits the deposits from the electrode to be applied rapidly while preventing overheating in the base metal. bronze. and ground clamp generates a magnetic field around each of these units. the majority of heat is developed at the positive side of the current. Electrode coatings affect the heat conditions differently. Reverse polarity is used in the welding of nonferrous metals. or by changing the position of the workpiece. When you use reverse polarity. and nickel. Cast-iron arc welding is another good example of the need to keep the workpiece cool. In general. With these types of electrodes. workpiece. Use only the first three letters of each key word. On some of the older machines. resulting in porosity. crackling sound of the arc. you should use straight polarity. It also has the tendency to pull atmospheric gases into the arc. the majority of the heat is directed toward the workpiece. when making large heavy deposits. When you use reverse polarity. SEN stands for Straight Electrode Negative. the heat is concentrated on the electrode. polarity is changed by switching cables. One type of heavy coating may provide the most desirable heat balance with straight polarity. Direct current flowing through the electrode. One disadvantage of direct-current welding is “arc blow. REP for Reverse Electrode Positive. the polarity can be changed by turning a switch on the machine. The arc is usually deflected forward or backward along the line of travel and may cause excessive spatter and incomplete fusion. giving it greater holding power. This field can cause the arc to deviate from the intended path. you can direct the amount of heat to where it is needed. by welding away from the ground clamp. straight polarity is used for all mild steel.” As stated earlier. the workpiece. or lightly coated electrodes. Monel. less heat is concentrated at the workpiece.think of straight polarity as a SENator and reverse polarity as a REPresentative. On the other hand. the gases given off in the arc may alter the heat conditions so the opposite is true and the greatest heat is produced on the negative side. while another type of coating on the same electrode may provide a more desirable heat balance with reverse polarity. However. . it is desirable to have more heat on the workpiece because of its size and the need for more heat to melt the base metal than the electrode. in overhead welding it is necessary to rapidly freeze the filler metal so the force of gravity will not cause it to fall. and the welding bead is difficult to control. In some welding situations. such as aluminum. Polarity affects the amount of heat going into the base metal. You can recognize the proper polarity for a given electrode by the sharp. arc blow causes the arc to wander while you are welding in corners on heavy metal or when using largecoated electrodes. When you use straight polarity. when heavy-coated electrodes are used. Reverse polarity is also used with some types of electrodes for making vertical and overhead welds. therefore. bare. This allows the filler metal to cool faster. The wrong polarity causes the arc to emit a hissing sound. Arc blow can often be corrected by one of the following methods: by changing the position of the ground clamp. By changing polarity. On many of the newer machines.

it can drastically reduce the bulk of the step down transformer.1 Shows details of welding circuit. variable ratios and current densities through a welding cycle. it is now possible to build a switching power supply capable of coping with the high loads of arc welding. welding cables. It includes welding power source. The circuitry can also provide features such as power control and overload protection. Typically the controller software will implement features such as pulsing the welding current. variable frequencies. all of which would be prohibitively expensive in a transformer-based machine but require only program space in software-controlled inverter machine Manual Metal Arc Welding: Manual metal arc welding (MMAW) or shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the oldest and most widely used process being used for fabrication. The workpieces are made part of an electric circuit.2 shows the fine molten droplets of metal and molten flux coming from the tip of the coated electrode. so the electrical characteristics of the welding power can be changed by software in real time updates. earth clamp and the consumable coated electrode. The flux melts along with the metallic core wire and goes to weld pool where it reacts with molten metal forming slag which floats on the top of molten weld pool and solidifies after solidification of molten metal and can be removed by chipping and brushing. The switching frequency is typically 10.Inverter Since the advent of high-power semiconductors such as the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). These designs are known as inverter welding units. electrode holder. The IGBTs in an inverter based machine are controlled by a microcontroller. The arc is struck between a flux covered stick electrode and the workpieces. Figure 5. The high frequency inverter-based welding machines can be more efficient and have better control than non-inverter welding machines. They generally first rectify the utility AC power to DC. . and automatic spot-welding.000 Hz or higher. Although the high switching frequency requires sophisticated components and circuits. known as welding circuit. Figure 5. then they switch (invert) the DC power into a step down transformer to produce the desired welding voltage or current.

The changing arc length causes arc voltage to increase or decrease. The steeper the slope of the volt-ampere curve within the welding range. the smaller the current change for a given change in arc voltage. optimum Travel speed less than Wide thick deposit. This results into stable arc. Poor dead shape. Stable arc condition. Table 5. Voltage in excess of Deposit irregular and flat.e. Metal piles up. Travel speed in excess of Narrow thin weld bead. The welding voltages range from 20 to 30 V depending upon welding current i. Spatter. The approximate average welding current for structural steel electrodes is 35. Porosity. The requirement depends on the type of electrode coating and sometimes on the material to be welded. A value of 80 V is sufficient for most electrodes but certain types may require more or less than this value. higher the voltage. .1: Welding Variables and Their Influence Welding Condition Main Effects Current in excess of Excess spatter. core diameter. optimum Electrode overheats. Undercut. optimum Optimum Welding Smooth even weld deposit. Little optimum penetration. uniform penetration and better weld seam in-spite of fluctuations of arc length.Welding power sources used may be transformer or rectifier for AC or DC supply. Table 5.e. Arc wander. Difficulty in slag control. which in turn produces a change in welding current. Flat wide deposit. Easily conditions controlled slag. higher the current. Arc extinctions.d (where d is electrode diameter in mm) with some variations with the type of coating of electrode. The output voltage of the power source on “no load” or “open circuit” must be high enough to enable the arc to be started.1 shows influence of welding parameters on weld characteristics. Current less than Slag difficult to control. optimum Voltage less than Irregular piling of weld metal. Poor optimum penetration. Welding current depends on the size of the electrode i. Little spatter produced. Deep penetration. Deep crater. The constant-current or drooping type of power source is preferred for manual metal arc welding since it is difficult to hold a constant arc length.

Welding power source 2. .) Welding Power Sources . the power source selected must be of the constant current type. Protective equipment (helmet. the question of whether to use electrode negative or positive polarity arises. a voltage reading taken between the electrode and the work will be somewhat lower than a reading taken at the output terminals of the power source. and others on DC negative or DC positive polarity only. but in either case. Accessory equipment (chipping hammer.One reason for the wide acceptance of the SMAW process is the simplicity of the necessary equipment. Ground clamp 4. Metal Thickness . Most MMA welding equipment has a duty cycle of around 40% at maximum welding current. gloves. The following factors should be considered: Electrode Selection . Figure 3 shows the connections and effects of straight and reverse polarity. Welding cables and connectors 5. some will work properly only on DC. Equipment & Operation . AC is the best choice since the voltage drop through the cables is lower than with DC. This condition is especially troublesome when welding in corners. Whether to use an AC. AC seldom causes this problem because of the rapidly reversing magnetic field produced. electrode changing. the resistance in the cables becomes greater as the cable length increases. This type of power source will deliver a relatively constant amperage or welding current regardless of arc length variations by the operator. slag removal etc. When using a DC power source.Because DC may be operated at lower welding currents. magnetic fields are set up throughout the weldment. or AC/DC power source depends on the type of welding to be done and the electrodes used. Arc Blow . Some electrodes operate on both DC straight and reverse polarity.DC power sources may be used for welding both heavy sections and light gauge work. While most of the electrodes are designed to be used on AC or DC.Shielded metal arc welding may utilize either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). Combination power sources that produce both AC and DC are available and provide the versatility necessary to select the proper welding current for the application. DC. etc. the weld beads produced will be uniform in size and shape. In weldments that have varying thickness and protrusions. Sheet metal is more easily welded with DC because it is easier to strike and maintain the DC arc at low currents. this magnetic field can affect the arc by making it stray or fluctuate in direction. it is more suitable for overhead and vertical welding than AC. Direct current flows in one direction in an electrical circuit and the direction of current flow and the composition of the electrode coating will have a definite effect on the welding arc and weld bead.Using a DC power source allows the use of a greater range of electrode types. Even though welding cables are made of copper or aluminum (both good conductors). The amperage determines the amount of heat at the arc and since it will remain relatively constant. Distance from Work . In other words.When welding with DC. Welding Position . wire brush) 6.If the distance from the work to the power source is great. Electrode holder 3. The equipment consists of the following items. This is known as voltage drop. AC can successfully be used for outof-position work if proper electrodes are selected.A manual welding power source is never loaded continuously because of operations such as. 1.

Being a part of the welding circuit. Connections at the electrode holder. Electrode Holder . special grade electrodes are being developed for specific applications. construction of steel structures such as bridges. in the manufacture of ships. the electrode melt-off rate is high. Welding Cables . The weld bead is rather wide and shallow as shown at "A" in Figure 3.The ground clamp is used to connect the ground cable to the work piece. Stainless steel wires are also used for welding in fertilizer. The insulated handle is used to guide the electrode over the weld joint and feed the electrode over the weld joint and feed the electrode into the weld puddle as it is consumed.Electrode negative (-) produces welds with shallow penetration. Vehicles and engineering equipment. Nickel-copper. Mild steel is welded by electrodes to a maximum among all the metals & Alloys. It may be connected directly to the work or to the table or fixture upon which the work is positioned. the electrode coating also has a strong influence on arc characteristics. Welding electrodes comprise basically of steel core wire and coating ingredients or flux mild steel core wires are used in majority of unalloyed steel electrodes. however. nickel.Various types of coated electrodes are used in shielded metal arc welding. Electrode holders are available in different sizes and are rated on their current carrying capacity.The electrode holder connects to the welding cable and con. Welding electrodes are used in welding various metals in the fabrication of equipment for chemical & Allied industries. DC Power Source A Higher burn-off rate Less penetration Electrode B Low burn-off rate Deep penetration Electrode DC Power Source Fig. Ground Clamp . Therefore M. Electrode positive (+) produces welds with deep penetration and a narrower weld bead as shown at "B" in Figure 3. and at the power source lugs must be soldered or well crimped to assure low electrical resistance. Coated Electrodes .ducts the welding current to the electrode. the ground clamp.The electrode cable and the ground cable are important parts of the welding circuit. Coating ingredients are basically rutile. Besides this. factory sheds. chemical & surgical instrument making industry. Increasing the cable length necessitates increasing the cable diameter to lessen resistance and voltage drop. sodium silicate and .S. potassium silicate. Besides mild steel. The cross-sectional area of the cable must be sufficient size to carry the welding current with a minimum of voltage drop. Nickel irons are also used in MIG & TIG welding. the ground clamp must be capable of carrying the welding current without overheating due to electrical resistance.3 Workpiece Workpiece Straight polarity Reverse polarity While polarity affects the penetration and burn-off rate. Welding Electrode is the most widely used core wire. They must be very flexible and have a tough heat-resistant insulation.

(b) Protects the droplet during transfer and molten weld pool from atmospheric gases. These are all position electrodes and produce deep penetration because of extra heat generated during burning of cellulosic materials. calcium carbonate. However.18. Based on the coating constituents. Each constituent performs either one or more than one functions. Length of electrodes may depend on diameter of core wire ranging from 250 to 450 mm i. 2.minerals like quartz. Mo to improve weld metal properties. ferro-maganese. potassium / sodium silicate. 2. . high spatter losses are associated with these electrodes. Alloying with certain elements such as Cr. 3. Improve deposition rate with addition of iron powder in coating.0 5. titanium dioxide. Ferro-alloys are also used in the formulations of fluxes. The important functions are as follows: 1. clay.0 6. calcite and mica. iron oxide. 5 and 6 mm. These electrodes are widely used for general work and are called general purpose electrodes. powdered alloys. iron powder. Cellulosic Electrodes Coating consists of high cellulosic content more than 30% and TiO2 up to 20%. (a) Influences size of droplet.5 3. during welding to improve weld metal properties. Various constituents of electrode coating are cellulose. Improve the electric conductivity in the arc region to improve the arc ignition and stabilization of the arc. asbestos. Acidic Electrodes 1. 3. 6. silica etc. Formation of shielding gas to protect molten metal.2 gives the details of electrode sizes and currents. However. Provide deoxidizers like Si and Mn in form of FeSi and FeMn. Formation of slag. Coated Electrodes are specified based on core wire diameter.e. special electrodes may be of 8-10 mm diameter. Ni. (d) Reduces the cooling rate of weld seam. which. (c) Protects solidified hot metal from atmospheric gases. 5. 4. Commonly used electrode diameters are 2. 4. Table 5.2: Size and Welding Current for Stick Mild Steel Electrodes Diameter d 2. 3. Table 5. Rutile Electrodes Coating consists of TiO 2 up to 45% and SiO2 around 20%. larger the core diameter larger the length.0 2.5.0 mm Length L 250/300 350 350/450 450 450 450 mm Welding I 50-80 70-100 90-130 120-160 160-200 190-240 Current A Electrode coating performs many functions depending upon coating constituents. 2. Electrode metallic core wire is the same but the coating constituents give the different characteristics to the welds.18(1/8") 4. calcium fluoride. talc. structural steel electrodes can be classified in the following classes.

7-10) and the tapping method (fig. the arc is started by short circuiting the welding current between the electrode and the work surface. Sodium Silicate / Potassium Binder.e. forming HF acid as CaF2 generates fluorine on dissociation in the heat of arc. Basic Electrodes Coating consist of CaCO3 around 40% and CaF2 15-20%. Coating consists of iron oxide more than 20%. Such electrodes produce high quality weld deposits which has high resistance to cracking. H2 removal Clay (Aluminum Silicate) Slag former Coating strength Talc (Magnesium Silicate) Slag former Arc stabilizer Rutile (TiO2 ) Arc stabilizer. Sometimes it may be up to 40%. other constituents may be TiO2 10% and CaCO3 10%. Arc stabilizer Slag basicity. These electrodes normally require baking at temperature of approximately 250 ° C for 1-2 hrs or as per manufacturer's instructions.4. 7-11). Slag removal and bead Fluidity appearance Iron Oxides Fluidity. Arc stabilizer Slag former Silicate FeMn / FeSi Deoxidizer Iron Powder Deposition Rate Powdered Alloys Alloying Starting the Arc: Two basic methods are used for starting the arc: the striking or brushing method (fig. Slag former Increase in current carrying capacity. This is because hydrogen is removed from weld metal by the action of fluorine i. In either method.3: Coating Constituents and Their Functions Functions Main Functions Other Functions Cellulose Gas former Coating Strength and Reducing agent Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) Slag basicity and metal Slag former fluidity. Such electrodes produce self detaching slag and smooth weld finish and are used normally in flat position. In Coating Constituent . The surge of high current causes the end of the electrode and a small spot on the base metal beneath the electrode to melt instantly. Slag former. Slag former Arc Stabilizer. Table 5. Calcium Carbonate Gas former. Slag former Asbestos Coating strength Slag former Quartz (SiO2 ) Slag fluidity. improved metal transfer.

make your final adjustments by either increasing or decreasing the current. Setting the Current The amount of current used during a welding operation depends primarily upon the diameter of the electrode. crackling sound. High current also leaves a groove in the base metal along both sides of the weld. you can usually free the electrode by a quick sideways wrist motion to snap the end of the electrode from the plate. and an example is shown in figure 7-12. Since most recommended current settings are only approximate. If this method fails. Use alight blow with a chipping hammer or a chisel to free the electrode from the base metal. 7-11). When the proper length of arc is established. you hold the electrode in a vertical position to the surface of the work. the electrode is brought down to the work with a lateral motion similar to striking a match. it will stick or freeze to the plate or base metal. 7-10). When the electrode is withdrawn too slowly with either of the starting methods described above. a sharp. As a rule. When the current is too high. immediately release the electrode from the holder or shutoff the welding machine. crackling sound is heard. view C. the electrode melts faster and the molten puddle will be excessively large and irregular. The arc length or gap between the end of the electrode and the work should be equal to the diameter of the electrode. The arc is started by tapping or bouncing it on the work surface and then raising it to a distance equal to the diameter of the electrode (fig. If this occurs. As soon as the electrode touches the work surface. When the proper arc length is obtained. For example. it must be raised to establish the arc (fig. After starting the weld. final current settings and adjustments need to be made during the welding operation. or at 95 amperes. This is called undercutting. Manufacturers of electrodes usually specify a current range for each type and size of electrode. . In the tapping method. higher currents and larger diameter electrodes are better for welding in the flat position than the vertical or overhead position. this information is normally found on the face of the electrode container.the striking or brushing method. when the recommended current range for an electrode is 90-100 amperes. the usual practice is to set the controls midway between the two limits. it produces a sharp.

view B. Examine the weld bead to determine if the arc length is correct. the arc produces a steady. current. Correct arc length is related to electrode diameter. Both undercutting and overlapping results in poor welds. Procedure for Welding 1 Workpiece Make sure workpiece is clean before welding. Remove slag and check weld bead before making another weld pass. crackling sound. such as steam escaping. The result is poor fusion and a irregular shaped deposit that piles up. a good arc produces a sharp. The molten metal from the electrode lays on the work without penetrating the base metal. A short arc with correct amperage will give a sharp. When the electrode. crackling sound. insert an electrode in the electrode holder. arc length for 1/8 and 5/32 in electrodes should be about 1/8 in (3 mm). 2 Work Clamp Place as close to the weld as possible. 4 Insulated Electrode Holder 5 Electrode Holder Position 6 Arc Length Arc length is the distance from the electrode to the workpiece. When any of these conditions are incorrect. A small diameter electrode requires less current than a large one. Follow recommendations of the electrode manufacturer when setting weld amperage . . as shown in figure 7-12. 3 Electrode Before striking an arc. there is not enough heat to melt the base metal and the molten pool will be too small. This piling up of molten metal is called overlap. 7 Slag Use a chipping hammer and wire brush to remove slag.With current that is too low.6 mm). and polarity are correct. hissing sound. Arc length for 1/16 and 3/32 in diameter electrodes should be about 1/16 in (1.

Various joint designs of both types have uses in many types of metal structures. This is one of the strongest types of joints available. view E. While this type of joint has some applications in platework. 3-6. is made by lapping one piece of metal over another (fig. the corner joint forms an L-shape. as shown in figure 3-6. In cross section. The above paragraphs discussed only the five basic types of joints. Lap joints are commonly used with torch brazing and spot welding applications.WELD JOINTS The weld joint is where two or more metal parts are joined by welding. as the name implies. views B and C). one of the members is flanged. there are many possible variations. Inmost cases. This joint is frequently used in plate. corner. view A). for maximum joint efficiency. Corner and tee joints are used to join two members located at right angles to each other (fig. view D). 3-6. it is more fixquently used in sheet metal work An edge joint should only be used for joining metals 1/4 inch or less in thickness that are not subjected to heavy loads. and the tee joint has the shape of the letter T. however. A lap joint. and pipe work. The five basic types of weld joints are the butt. 3-6. however. tee. sheet metal. PARTS OF JOINTS . An edge joint is used to join the edges of two or more members lying in the same plane. A butt joint is used to join two members aligned in the same plane (fig. A joint of this type may be either square or grooved. lap. you should overlap the metals a minimum of three times the thickness of the thinnest member you are joining. and edge. as shown in figure 3-6.

groove radius. and root opening. As shown in figure 3-7. the root face has relatively small dimensions. or an area. as shown in view B. As you can see. 3-8) is an opening or space provided between the edges of the metal parts to be welded. view A. groove angle. As you can see in views C and D of the illustration. The root of a joint is that portion of the joint where the metals are closest to each other. A groove (fig. The specified requirements for a particular joint areexpressed in such terms as bevel angle. The root edge is basically a root face of zero width. The groove face is that surface of a metal part included in the groove. the groove face and the root face are the same metal surfaces in some joints. when viewed in cross section. The root face. a line. the parts of the joint are described by standard terms.While there are many variations of joints. the root may be a point. A given joint may have a root face or a root edge. The bevel angle is . as shown in figure 3-8. is the portion of the prepared edge of a part to be joined by a groove weld that has not been grooved. A brief description of each term is shown in figure 3-9. also shown in view A.

flat-position welding can be made on just about any type of joint providing you can rotate the section you are welding on to the appropriate position. and the welding process to be used. try to position the work so you can weld in the flat position. you must consider the thickness of the weld material. As a general rule. and root opening for a joint. the techniques are somewhat different because of the equipment involved is different. at . the face of the weld is approximately horizontal. It is used only for special groove joint designs. if the edge of each of two plates were beveled to an angle of 30 degrees. An inexperienced welder usually finds the horizontal position of arc welding difficult. welding speed is faster. In this position. the groove angle would be 60 degrees. joints. the welding is performed on the up per side of a relatively horizontal surface and against an approximately vertical plane. Whenever possible.” To determine the bevel angle. This. but it is much simpler when done in the flat position. The groove radius is the radius used to form the shape of a J.the angle formed between the prepared edge of a member and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the member. Naturally. the molten puddle is not as likely to run. Welding Positions The types of welds.or U-groove weld joint. The root opening is usually governed by the diameter of the thickness filler material. The root opening refers to the separation between the parts to be joined at the root of the joint. and welding positions used in manual-shielded metal arc welding are very similar to those used in oxygas welding. Flat-Position Welding The welding can be done in any position. groove angle. This isoften referred to as the “included angle” between the parts to be joined by a groove weld. Often the work must be done in the horizontal position. depending upon whether it is used with a groove weld or a fillet weld. In the flat position. For example. the type of joint to be made. and better penetration can be achieved. In a groove weld.29). the axis of the weld lies in a relative horizontal plane and the face of the weld is in a vertical plane (fig. in turn. 3. depends on the of the base metal and the welding position. however. Having an adequate root opening is essential for root penetration. Butt joints are the primary type of joints used in the flat position of welding. The groove angle is the total angle of the groove between the parts to be joined. the work is less tiring. gas welding requires a larger groove angle than manual metal-arc welding. The horizontal position has two basic forms. In a fillet weld. Horizontal-Position Welding You will discover that it is impossible to weld all pieces in the flat position. It is sometimes called the “root gap.

Erecting structures. The most common types of joints it is used on are tee joints. Welding on a vertical surface is much more difficult than welding in the flat or horizontal position due to the force of gravity. To counteract this force. The primary difficulty is that in this position you have no “shoulder” of previously deposited weld metal to hold the molten metal. and pipelines. you should use fast-freeze or fill- . Vertical-Position Welding A “vertical weld” is defined as a weld that is applied to a vertical surface or one that is inclined 45 degrees or less. such as buildings. tanks.least until he has developed a fair degree of skill in applying the proper technique. Gravity pulls the molten metal down. lap joints. Horizontal-position welding can be used on most types of joints. pontoons. and butt joints. require welding in this position.

Overhead-Position Welding Overhead welding is the most difficult position in welding. The types of joints you will most often use it on are tee joints. Others will make a "C" shape with the tip of the rod as they weld for better coverage and a slick-looking end product. and the two bodies. vertical down welding is faster which is very important in production work. Pressure Welding Hot pressure welding: Hot-pressure-welding is a solid state process that produces joints between the faying surfaces of two bodies. Some prefer a simple. the torches are suddenly removed. . Nevertheless. complete coverage over the entire weld area. are brought to contact and upset together under pressure. Heat is generally applied by flames of oxy-fuel torches directed on the surfaces to be joined. The terms used for the direction of welding are vertical up or vertical down. Vertical welding is used on most types of joints. You also can use a zig-zag technique. with practice it is possible to make welds equal to those made in the other positions. filler metal is not needed. straight-line drag at a slow and steady pace to get the job done. lap joints. Some of the electrode movements are shown below. usually by hydraulic equipment. Not only do you have to contend with the force of gravity but the majority of the time you also have to assume an awkward stance. solid bars or hollow sections. Electrode Movements Each welder has a preference in this area. Vertical welding is done in either an upward or downward position.freeze electrodes. the goal is to get strong. Most beginning welders simply use the straight drag technique. and substantial plastic deformation is generated. by application of heat and of pressure. not to stand in the way. Whichever technique you choose. pausing for a second or two on each side before moving diagonally to the next and pausing there. and butt joints. Furthermore. Vertical down welding is suited for welding light gauge metal because the penetration is shallow and diminishes the possibility of burning through the metal. Fusion temperature is not reached. Upon reaching the correct temperature (about 1200 0C).

• Only simple sections readily butt weldable. Alternatively. For use in the production of weldments for the aerospace industry with delicate materials Hot-pressure-welding can be carried out in closed chambers with vacuum or a shielding medium. especially in Japan. but depend upon materials composition. cooling rate and quality. Typical application reported. also by electrical induction. typically among them aluminum alloys and stainless steels. refer to butt Hot-pressure-welding of railroad rails sections and steel reinforcing bars. The most important parameter is the pressure sequence cycle. Hot-pressurewelding is similar in a way to both friction welding and flash welding. The materials to be welded must exhibit hot ductility or forgeability. Therefore cast iron cannot be Hot-pressure-welded. For obtaining the best results the surfaces should be machined square and clean. Pressure in the range of 40 to 70 MPa must be available. Tests were performed in a vacuum chamber. Certain dissimilar materials combinations are weldable by Hot-pressure-welding.This variant is properly called the open joint process. and certain nonferrous metals. although the source of heating is different. possibly being developed by trial and error. The process as described is performed as a manual operation. The materials commonly joined by Hotpressure-welding are carbon. low alloy steels. Advantages • Simple process • Simple joint preparation • Relatively low cost equipment • Quick weld production • High quality joints • No filler metal needed • Minimally skilled operators required Limitations • Not all metals are weldable • Not easily automated • Length of cycle dependent on time for heating • Removal of flash and bulge required after welding. Mechanical properties tend to be near those of the base materials. Materials that easily form on the surface adherent oxides upon heating cannot be eaasily welded in air by this process. Some beveling can be used to control the amount of upset. when the parts are making contact under pressure before heat application from the outside. In either case flash material is expelled and a bulge is formed at the joint. Hot-pressure-welding can be an economic and successful process for performing butt joints of simple shapes if the materials are easily weldable. . it is called the closed joint process.

Commonly used electrode materials are pure copper and copper base alloys. therefore. and filler metal rarely used. dipping in diluted acid bath and then washing in hot water bath and then in the cold water bath. The process employs currents of the order of few KA. Sufficiently high pressure can be obtained with simple hand tools when extremely thin materials are being joined. The current may be obtained from a single phase step down transformer supplying alternating current.Cold pressure Welding: Cold pressure welding is a solid state welding process which uses pressure at room temperature to produce coalescence of metals with substantial deformation at the weld. When cold welding heavier sections a press is usually required to exert sufficient pressure to make a successful weld. all process variables are preset and maintained constant. Aluminum and copper are readily cold welded. Heat is generated in localized area which is enough to heat the metal to sufficient temperature. These processes differ from other welding processes in the respect that no fluxes are used.e. Resistance Welding Resistance welding processes are pressure welding processes in which heavy current is passed for short time through the area of interface of metals to be joined. dust. Welding is accomplished by using extremely high pressures on extremely clean interfacing materials. so that the parts can be joined with the application of pressure. oil and grease. For good quality welds these parameters may be properly selected which shall depend mainly on material of components. However. when high amperage is required then three phase rectifier may be used to obtain DC supply and to balance the load on three phase power lines. during and after the flow of current to avoid arcing between the surfaces and to forge the weld metal during post heating. voltages range from 2 to 12 volts and times vary from few ms to few seconds. Indentations are usually made in the parts being cold welded. Apart from proper setting of welding parameters. Force is normally applied before. H is heat generated I is current in amperes R is resistance of area being welded T is time for the flow of current. Pressure is applied through the electrodes. their thicknesses. If surfaces are rust free then pickling is not required but surface cleaning can be done through some solvent such as acetone to remove oil and grease. component should be properly cleaned so that surfaces to be welded are free from rust. type and size of electrodes. The material of electrode should have higher electrical and thermal conductivities with sufficient strength to sustain high pressure at elevated temperatures. All resistance welding operations are automatic and. The necessary pressure shall vary from 30 to 60 N mm-2 depending upon material to be welded and other welding conditions. After that components may be dried through the jet of compressed air. Aluminum and copper can be joined together by cold welding. The process is readily adaptable to joining ductile metals. For this purpose components may be given pickling treatment i. The heat generated during resistance welding is given by following expression: H=I2RT Where. Copper base alloys may consist of copper as base and alloying elements such as cadmium or silver or chromium .

cooling through water circulation is required. Pure tungsten or tungsten-silver or tungsten-copper or pure molybdenum may also be used as electrode material. Commonly used resistance welding processes are spot. The area of metals in contact shall be rapidly raised to welding temperature. components are in butting position and butt joints are produced.1: Water Cooling of Electrodes (a) Spot Welding (b) Seam Welding. In butt and flash welding.2: Principle of Resistance spot Welding The welding cycle starts with the upper electrode moving and contacting the work pieces resting on lower electrode which is stationary. The principle is illustrated in Figure 11. 1.or nickel or beryllium or cobalt or zirconium or tungsten. due to the flow of . The work pieces are held under pressure and only then heavy current is passed between the electrodes for preset time. Fig 11. To reduce wear. Figure 11. Fig 11. two or more sheets of metal are held between electrodes through which welding current is supplied for a definite time and also force is exerted on work pieces. Spot Welding In resistance spot welding. seam and projection welding which produce lap joints except in case of production of welded tubes by seam welding where edges are in butting position. tear and deformation of electrodes.1 shows the water cooling system of electrodes.2.

has made is widely applicable and acceptable process. This total cycle is known as resistance spot welding cycle and illustrated in Figure 11. high speed of operation and dissimilar metal combination welding. The radius of dome generally varies from 50-100 mm.140° are used for ferrous metal but with continuous use they may wear at the tip. however. aircraft. . Ease of mechanism. Fig 11.4: Electrode Shapes for Spot Welding Most of the industrial metal can be welded by spot welding. It is widely being used in electronic. The weld nugget formed is allowed to cool under pressure and then pressure is released.current through the contacting surfaces of work pieces. The pressure between electrodes. electrical.3: Resistance Spot Welding Cycle Spot welding electrodes of different shapes are used. automobile and home appliances industries. Domed electrodes are capable of withstanding heavier loads and severe heating without damage and are normally useful for welding of nonferrous metals.3 Fig 11. Pointed tip or truncated cones with an angle of 120° . squeezes the hot metal together thus completing the weld. it is applicable only for limited thickness of components. A flat tip electrode is used where minimum indentation or invisible welds are desired.

the first of which involves the electrodes being brought to the surface of the metal and applying a slight amount of pressure.2 to 30 mm After the current is removed from the workpiece. and many of the industrial robots found on assembly lines are spot welders. Spot welding is primarily used for joining parts that are normally up to 3 mm in thickness. and are designed in many different shapes and sizes depending on the application needed. The tool holders function as a mechanism to hold the electrodes firmly in place and also support optional water hoses which cool the electrodes during welding. Spot welders can also be completely automated.Spot Welding machine Spot welding involves three stages. The two materials being welded together are known as the workpieces and must conduct electricity. Spot welding is one of the oldest welding processes. usually copper.This is a type of resistance welding where the spot welds are made at regular intervals on overlapping sheets of metal. The width of the workpieces is limited by the throat length of the welding apparatus and ranges typically from 125 to 1250 mm. Workpiece thickness can range from 0. where it is used almost universally to weld the sheet metal to form a car. it is cooled via the coolant holes in the center of the electrodes. light duty. The electrodes generally are made of a low resistance alloy.01 sec to 0. Both water and a brine solution may be used as coolants in spot welding mechanisms. and regular offset. universal. Weld times range from 0. The current from the electrodes is then applied briefly after which the current is removed but the electrodes remain in place in order for the material to cool.63 sec depending on the thickness of the metal. It is used in a wide range of industries but notably for the assembly of sheet steel vehicle bodies in the automobile manufacturing industry. Tool holding methods include a paddle-type. Thickness of the parts to be welded should be equal or the ratio of thickness should be . the electrode force and the diameter of the electrodes themselves. The equipment used in the spot welding process consists of tool holders and electrodes.

e. weld nuggets are equally spaced.less than 3:1. However. Galvanized steel (i. making welding possible.e. aluminium's melting point is much lower than that of copper. Materials suitable for spot welding Steel has a higher electrical resistivity and lower thermal conductivity than the copper electrodes. the zinc can combine with the steel and lower its resistivity. Aluminium has an electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity that is closer to that of copper. overlapping weld nuggets or intermittent seam i. The strength of the joint depends on the number and size of the welds. higher levels of current are required to weld galvanized steel. Higher carbon content or alloy steel tend to form hard welds that are brittle and could crack. Fig 11. making welding relatively easy. Low carbon steel is most suitable for spot welding. Seam Welding: In seam welding overlapping sheets are gripped between two wheels or roller disc electrodes and current is passed to obtain either the continuous seam i. 2. Zinc has a low melting point. steel coated with zinc to prevent corrosion) requires a different welding approach than uncoated steel. Spot-weld diameters range from 3 mm to 12. Therefore.6: Type of Seam Welds .e. During the weld. Higher levels of current must be used for welding aluminium because of its low resistivity. The zinc coating must first be melted off before the steel is joined. Welding current may be continuous or in pulses.5 mm.5. The process of welding is illustrated in Figure 11. so a pulse of current before welding will accomplish this.

When it is approaching around 50 % then it is termed as continuous weld. shell welding (Longitudinal). However. It is the method of welding which is completely mechanized and used for making petrol tanks for automobiles. Seam welding is relatively fast method of welding producing quality welds. Overlap welds are used for air or water tightness. tub cover welding (circumferential). fuel tank welding and other special items. Resistance Butt Welding (UW) Resistance Butt Welding is a Resistance Welding (RW) process. silencer.Fig 11. fuel tank. in which ends of wires or rods are held under a pressure and heated by an electric current passing through the contact area and producing a weld.7: Electrode Shapes of Seam Welding Overlapping of weld nuggets may vary from 10 to 50 %. muffler. The Seam Welding machines are precision and robust construction suitable for long trouble-free service. seam welded tubes. The process is similar to Flash Welding. The application of these machines are in the manufacture of drums and barrels. shock absorber welding. however in . Further. equipment is costly and maintenance is expensive. drums and other components of domestic applications. the process is limited to components of thickness less than 3 mm.

Thermite Welding Thermite welding (TW) (sometimes called thermit welding) is a process which joins metals by heating them with super heated liquid metal from a chemical reaction between a metal oxide and aluminum or other reducing agent. The super heated steel is contained in a crucible located immediately above the weld joint. Normal heat losses cause the mass of molten metal to solidify. regardless of the amount of chemicals involved. Since it is almost twice as hot as the melting temperature of the base metal. It is very similar to the foundry practice of pouring a casting. with or without the application of pressure. In contrast to Flash Welding. and the weld is completed. The super heated steel runs into a mold which is built around the parts to be welded. which causes the molten metal to fill the cavity between the parts being welded. The process is highly productive and clean. The thermit welding process is applied only in the automatic mode. preheating within the mold cavity may be necessary to bring the pats to welding temperature and to dry out the mold. Butt welding is used for welding small parts. Butt Welding provides joining with no loss of the welded materials. Once the reaction is started. melting occurs at the edges of the joint and alloys with the molten steel from the crucible. coalescence occurs.Butt Welding pressure and electric current are applied simultaneously in contrast to Flash Welding where electric current is followed by forging pressure application. The parts to be welded are aligned with a gap between them. If the parts are small. This reaction is shown by the following formula: 8A1 + 3fe304 = 9Fe + 4A1203 + Heat The temperature resulting from this reaction is approximately 2482°C. The . preheating is often eliminated. Filler metal is obtained from the liquid metal. The exothermic reaction is relatively slow and requires 20 to 30 seconds. Themite welding utilizes gravity. The heat for welding is obtained from an exothermic reaction or chemical change between iron oxide and aluminum. it continues until completion. If the parts to be welded are large.

A thermite welding crucible and mold is shown in figure 5-41. When the filler metal has cooled. The hole through the thimble is plugged with a tapping pin. machining. alined. The mold should be properly vented to permit the escape of gases and to allow the proper distribution of the thermite metal at the joint. all unwanted excess metal may be removed by oxygen cutting. metal is removed from the joint to permit a free flow of the thermite metal into the joint. a magnesite stone is burned. into which a magnesite stone thimble is fitted. The making of a thermit weld is shown in figure 6-12. and held firmly in place. At the bottom of the crucible. The surface of the completed weld is usually sufficiently smooth and contoured so that it does not require additional metal finishing. The crucible is charged by placing the correct quantity of thoroughly mixed thermit material in it. the parts to be welded must be cleaned. or grinding. A wax pattern is then made around the joint in the size and shape of the intended weld.difference is the extremely high temperature of the molten metal. The sand mold is then heated to melt out the wax and dry the mold. Thermite Welding Equipment (Tw) Thermite material is a mechanical mixture of metallic aluminum and processed iron oxide. . A mold made of refractory sand is built around the wax pattern and joint to hold the molten metal after it is poured. which is covered with a fire-resistant washer and refractory sand. In preparing the joint for thermite welding. Molten steel is produced by the thermite reaction in a magnesite-lined crucible. If necessary. This thimble provides a passage through which the molten steel is discharged into the mold.

. The slag is chipped off and the excess weld is ground off to conform with the shape of the rails Gas Metal Arc Welding Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) is the process in which arc is struck between bare wire electrode and workpiece. Figure 9. Equipment similar to the above sketches is set up at the welding joint. After the process has been completed and the weld has cooled enough. the thermite fixture is removed.1 illustrates the process of GMA welding. The arc is shielded by a shielding gas and if this is inert gas such as argon or helium then it is termed as metal inert gas (MIG) and if shielding gas is active gas such as CO2 or mixture of inert and active gases then process is termed as metal active gas (MAG) welding.Thermite Welding Use (Tw) Thermite Welding has been successfully used for many years in the Railroad industry to weld rails together.

Flat characteristic leads to self adjusting or self regulating arc leading to constant arc length due to relatively thinner electrode wires.6 mm diameter. are coated with copper to avoid atmospheric corrosion. 1.Direct current flat characteristic power source is the requirement of GMAW process.2 and 1. increase current carrying capacity and for smooth movement through contact tube. The electrode wire passing through the contact tube is to be connected to positive terminal of power source so that stable arc is achieved. Similar to submerged arc welding electrode wires of mild steel and low alloyed steel. The electrode wire feeding system is shown in Figure 9.0.2. GMA welding requires consumables such as filler wire electrode and shielding gas. 1. . If the electrode wire is connected to negative terminal then it shall result into unstable spattery arc leading to poor weld bead.8. Solid filler electrode wires are normally employed and are available in sizes 0.

mode of molten drop formed at the tip of electrode and its transfer to the weld pool. With lower currents normally lower voltages are employed while higher voltages are associated with higher currents during welding. mild steel electrodes of different sizes. Electrode Wire DiameterCurrent Range (A) Voltage Range (V) (mm) 0.e.2 120-320 17-30 1.e. Table 9.8 50-180 14-24 1. Thin sheets and plates in all positions or root runs in medium plates are welded with low currents while medium and heavy plates in flat position are welded with high currents and high voltages. different pressures are required for the smooth feeding of wire with minimum deformation of the wire.Pressure adjusting screw is used to apply required pressure on the electrode wire during its feeding to avoid any slip. electrode size and mode of metal transfer i. Further.0 70-250 16-26 1. The range of welding current and voltage vary and is dependent on material to be welded. wire feeding rolls have grooves of different sizes and are to be changed for a particular wire size. Welding of medium thickness plates in horizontal and vertical positions are welded with medium current and voltage levels. Depending on the size and material of the wire. This process exhibits most of the metal transfer modes depending on welding parameters.1 gives the total range of currents and voltages for different sizes of structural steel i. The range of current and voltage for a particular size of electrode wire.6 150-380 18-34 . shall change if material of electrode wire is changed.

Table 9.1: Welding Current and Voltage Ranges for Mild Steel Electrodes Both inert gases like argon and helium and active gases like CO2 and N2 are being used for shielding depending upon the metal to be welded. Mixtures of inert and active gases like CO2 and O2 are also being used in GMA welding process. For mild steel carbon dioxide is normally used which gives high quality, low current out of position welding i.e. also in welding positions other than flat position. Low alloyed and stainless steels require argon plus oxygen mixtures for better fluidity of molten metal and improved arc stability. The percentage of oxygen varies from 1-5% and remaining is argon in argon and oxygen mixtures. However, low alloy steels are also welded with 80% argon and 20% CO2 mixture. Nickel, monel, inconel, aluminum alloys, magnesium, titanium, aluminum bronze and silicon bronze are welded with pure argon. Nickel and nickel alloys may sometimes be welded with mixture of argon and hydrogen (upto 5%). Copper and aluminum are also welded with 75% helium and 25% argon mixture to encounter their thermal conductivity. Nitrogen may be used for welding of copper and some of its alloys, but nitrogen and argon mixtures are preferred over pure nitrogen for relatively improved arc stability. The process is extremely versatile over a wide range of thicknesses and all welding positions for both ferrous and nonferrous metals, provided suitable welding parameters and shielding gases are selected. High quality welds are produced without the problem of slag removal. The process can be easily mechanized / automated as continuous welding is possible. However, process is costly and less portable than manual metal arc welding. Further, arc shall be disturbed and poor quality of weld shall be produced if air draught exists in working area. GMA welding has high deposition rate and is indispensable for welding of ferrous and specially for nonferrous metals like aluminum and copper based alloys in shipbuilding, chemical plants, automobile and electrical industries. It is also used for building structures. TIG Welding Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) or Gas Tungsten Arc (GTA) welding is the arc welding process in which arc is generated between non consumable tungsten electrode and workpiece. The tungsten electrode and the weld pool are shielded by an inert gas normally argon and helium. Figures 10.1 & 10.2 show the principle of tungsten inert gas welding process.

Fig 10.1: Principle of TIG Welding.

Fig 10.2: Schematic Diagram of TIG Welding System. The tungsten arc process is being employed widely for the precision joining of critical components which require controlled heat input. The small intense heat source provided by the tungsten arc is ideally suited to the controlled melting of the material. Since the electrode is not consumed during the process, as with the MIG or MMA welding processes, welding without filler material can be done without the need for continual compromise between the heat input from the arc and the melting of the filler metal. As the filler metal, when required, can be added directly to the weld pool from a separate wire feed system or manually, all aspects of the process can be precisely and independently controlled i.e. the degree of melting of the parent metal is determined by the welding current with respect to the welding speed, whilst the degree of weld bead reinforcement is determined by the rate at which the filler wire is added to the weld pool. In TIG torch the electrode is extended beyond the shielding gas nozzle. The arc is ignited by high voltage, high frequency (HF) pulses, or by touching the electrode to the workpiece and withdrawing to initiate the arc at a preset level of current. Selection of electrode composition and size is not completely independent and must be considered in relation to the operating mode and the current level. Electrodes for DC welding are pure tungsten or tungsten with 1 or 2% thoria, the thoria being added to improve electron emission which facilitates easy arc ignition. In AC welding, where the electrode must operate at a higher temperature, a pure tungsten or tungsten-zirconia electrode is preferred as the rate of tungsten loss is somewhat lesser than with thoriated electrodes and the zirconia aids retention of the �balled' tip. Table 10.1 gives chemical composition of tungsten electrodes as per American Welding Society (AWS) classification. AWS Tungsten, min.Thoria, percent Zirconia, Total other Classification percent percent elements, max. percent EWP 99.5 0.5 EWTh-1 98.5 0.8 to 1.2 0.5 EWTh-2 97.5 1.7 to 2.2 0.5 EWZr 99.2 0.15 to 0.40 0.5 Table 10.1: Chemical Composition of TIG Electrodes. Tungsten electrodes are commonly available from 0.5 mm to 6.4 mm diameter and 150 200 mm length. The current carrying capacity of each size of electrode depends on whether it is connected to negative or positive terminal of DC power source. AC is used

only in case of welding of aluminum and magnesium and their alloys. Table 10.2 gives typical current ranges for TIG electrodes when electrode is connected to negative terminal (DCEN) or to positive terminal (DCEP). DCEN DCEP Electrode Pure and Pure and Thoriated Dia. (mm) Thoriated Tungsten Tungsten 0.5 5-20 1.0 15-80 1.6 70-150 10-20 2.4 150-250 15-30 3.2 250-400 25-40 4.0 400-500 40-55 4.8 500-750 55-80 6.4 750-1000 80-125 Table 10.2: Typical Current Ranges for TIG Electrodes The power source required to maintain the TIG arc has a drooping or constant current characteristic which provides an essentially constant current output when the arc length is varied over several millimeters. Hence, the natural variations in the arc length which occur in manual welding have little effect on welding current. The capacity to limit the current to the set value is equally crucial when the electrode is short circuited to the workpiece, otherwise excessively high current shall flow, damaging the electrode. Open circuit voltage of power source ranges from 60 to 80 V. Argon or helium may be used successfully for most applications, with the possible exception of the welding of extremely thin material for which argon is essential. Argon generally provides an arc which operates more smoothly and quietly, is handled more easily and is less penetrating than the arc obtained by the use of helium. For these reasons argon is usually preferred for most applications, except where the higher heat and penetration characteristic of helium is required for welding metals of high heat conductivity in larger thicknesses. Aluminum and copper are metals of high heat conductivity and are examples of the type of material for which helium is advantageous in welding relatively thick sections. Pure argon can be used for welding of structural steels, low alloyed steels, stainless steels, aluminum, copper, titanium and magnesium. Argon hydrogen mixture is used for welding of some grades of stainless steels and nickel alloys. Pure helium may be used for aluminum and copper. Helium argon mixtures may be used for low alloy steels, aluminum and copper. TIG welding can be used in all positions. It is normally used for root pass(es) during welding of thick pipes but is widely being used for welding of thin walled pipes and tubes. This process can be easily mechanised i.e. movement of torch and feeding of filler wire, so it can be used for precision welding in nuclear, aircraft, chemical, petroleum, automobile and space craft industries. Aircraft frames and its skin, rocket body and engine casing are few examples where TIG welding is very popular.

As the arc is completely covered by the flux layer. Remaining fused slag layers can be easily removed after welding. Operating characteristics SAW is usually operated as a fully-mechanised or automatic process. A shielding gas is not required. Common variants are: . Wire SAW is normally operated with a single wire on either AC or DC current. There is no visible arc light. excess flux is recycled via a hopper. Process variants According to material thickness. welding is spatter-free and there is no need for fume extraction. The process uses a flux to generate protective gases and slag. arc voltage and travel speed all affect bead shape. and to add alloying elements to the weld pool. Welding parameters: current. depth of penetration and chemical composition of the deposited weld metal. submerged arc welding involves formation of an arc between a continuously-fed bare wire electrode and the workpiece. greater reliance must be placed on parameter settings. The arc moves along the joint line and as it does so. Prior to welding. joint type and size of component. This produces a thermal efficiency as high as 60% (compared with 25% for manual metal arc). but it can be semiautomatic. varying the following can increase deposition rate and improve bead shape.Submerged Arc Welding Similar to MIG welding. a thin layer of flux powder is placed on the workpiece surface. Because the operator cannot see the weld pool. heat loss is extremely low.

two-pass or multipass weld procedures can be carried out. • • • • • Brazing and Soldering: . because of high fluidity of the weld pool. titanium.produced by drying the ingredients. although the process is capable of welding some nonferrous materials with judicious choice of electrode filler wire and flux combinations. There is virtually no restriction on the material thickness. • Fused fluxes . Most bonded fluxes contain metallic deoxidisers which help to prevent weld porosity. are the main attraction of these fluxes. However. These fluxes are effective over rust and mill scale. zirconium. silicon. magnesium and other compounds such as calcium fluoride. Most commonly welded materials are carbon-manganese steels.twin wire multiple wire (tandem or triple) single wire with hot or cold wire addition metal powder addition tubular wire All contribute to improved productivity through a marked increase in weld metal deposition rates and/or travel speeds. For circumferential joints. with welding currents up to 2000A and consistent weld metal properties. The flux is specially formulated to be compatible with a given electrode wire type so that the combination of flux and wire yields desired mechanical properties. the amount of manganese and silicon added is influenced by the arc voltage and the welding current level. the workpiece is rotated under a fixed welding head with welding taking place in the flat position. A narrow gap process variant is also established. then melting them in an electric furnace to form a chemically homogeneous product. either single-pass. low alloy steels and stainless steels. The the main types of flux for SAW are: • Bonded fluxes . welding is generally carried out on butt joints in the flat position and fillet joints in both the flat and horizontal-vertical positions. Applications SAW is ideally suited for longitudinal and circumferential butt and fillet welds. Depending on material thickness. See What is narrow gap welding? Flux Fluxes used in SAW are granular fusible minerals containing oxides of manganese.produced by mixing the ingredients. which utilises a two or three bead per layer deposition technique. provided a suitable joint preparation is adopted. cooled and ground to the required particle size. then bonding them with a low melting point compound such as a sodium silicate. molten slag and loose flux layer. calcium. All fluxes react with the weld pool to produce the weld metal chemical composition and mechanical properties. Smooth stable arcs. aluminium. It is common practice to refer to fluxes as 'active' if they add manganese and silicon to the weld.

increasing its wetting action or spreadability. Borax and boric acid are commonly used fluxes for brazing with copper base filler metals. Many other commercial fluxes may be available in the form of paste or liquid solution leading to ease of application and adherence to the surface in any position. 1% Ni. Such method of brazing requires automation and parts to be joined should be self fixturing. in between welding and brazing there is another process termed as ‘braze welding'. Silver brazing filler metal may consists of 30-55% Ag. Brazing: The most commonly used filler metal is copper base zinc alloy consisting of normally 5060% Cu. • Furnace Brazing Self fixturing assembly with preplaced filler metal is placed inside electrically heated furnace with temperature control for heating and cooling. rings. Silver brazing alloys are available in form of wire. Preplaced preform melts and fills the joint. • Infra-red Brazing The heat for brazing is obtained from infra-red lamps. In some cases around 10% Ni may also be added to filler alloys.Both brazing and soldering are the metal joining processes in which parent metal does not melt but only filler metal melts filling the joint with capillary action. The strength of brazed joint is higher than soldered joint but lower than welded joint. which is brass and termed as 'spelter'. • Dip Brazing In dip brazing components with filler metal in proper form is preplaced at the joint and assembly is dipped in bath of molten salt which acts as heat source as well as flux for brazing. • Induction Brazing . If the filler metal is having melting temperature more than 450°C but lower than the melting temperature of components then it is termed as process of brazing or hard soldering. These furnaces may also be using protective atmosphere with inert gases like argon and helium or vacuum for brazing of reactive metal components. 15-35% Cu. • Protect the surface from oxidation during joining operation. if the melting temperature of filler metal is lower than 450°C and also lower than the melting point of the material of components then it is know as soldering or soft soldering. 15-28% Zn. powders or may be fed manually in form of rod.e. The operation can be performed in air or in inert atmosphere or in vacuum. Filler metal is to be preplaced in the joint. approximately 40% Zn. However. During brazing or soldering flux is also used which performs the following functions: • Dissolve oxides from the surfaces to be joined. formed strips.7 % Fe and traces of Si and Mn. strip. Filler metal may be either preplaced in form of washers. 0. However. Copper base alloys may be available in the form of rod. rods and powders. Heat rays can be concentrated at desired area or spot with concave reflectors. Another variant is to dip assembled parts in metallic bath and metal of bath fills the joint. • Reduce surface tension of molten filler metal i. strip and wire. Various commonly used method of brazing are followings: • Torch Brazing Torch brazing utilizes the heat of oxy-acetylene flame with neutral or reducing flame. 18-24% Cd and sometimes 2-3% Ni or 5% Sn.

preforms.2: Typical Self Fixturing Brazing Assembly Soldering: The soldering filler metal is called solder. tin-zinc solder (91 to 30% tin and 9 to 70% zinc). shallow is the heating effect while lower frequencies of current lead to deeper heating and so it can be employed for thicker sections. rosin and rosin dissolved in alcohol. Solder is brought to molten state by touching it to the tip of the soldering iron so that molten solder can spread to the joint surface. consists of insulated handle and end is fitted with copper tip which may be heated electrically or in coke or oil/gas fired furnace. zinc chloride. tin-silver solder (tin 96% and silver 4%).e. dip soldering. induction soldering. foil. Various soldering methods are soldering with soldering irons. sheet. Other filler metal are tin-antimony solder (95% tin and 5% antimony).5 silver). resistance soldering. 1. high frequency vibrations which break the oxides on the surface of workpieces and heat shall be generated due to rubbing between surfaces.The heat is generated by induced current into the workpiece from a water cooled coil which surrounds the workpieces to be brazed. lead-silver solder (97% lead. solid and flux cored wires. lower the melting point of alloy. oven soldering. infra-red and ultrasonic soldering. High frequencies employed vary from 5 to 400 kHz. Fig 3. This heat melts the solder and fills the joint by capillary action. Soldering iron being used for manual soldering. These are available in the form of bars. • Resistance Brazing In resistance brazing the heat is generated at the interfaces to be brazed by resistive heating. Fluxes used in soldering are ammonium chloride. torch soldering. Fluxes may or may not be used during brazing. ribbon and paste or cream. The most commonly used solder is lead and tin alloy containing tin ranging from 5 to 70% and lead 95 to 30%. Higher the frequency of current. Ultrasonic soldering uses ultrasonics i. Higher the contents of tin.5 tin and 1. cadmium-silver solder (95% cadmium and 5% silver). Only those fluxes are used which are electrically conductive and filler metal is preplaced. Flux Residue Treatment: . The components are connected to high current and low voltage power supply through two electrodes under pressure.

Sometimes steam jet may be applied followed by wire brushing. If rosin residues removal is required then alcohol. Organic flux residues are soluble in hot water so double rising in warm water shall remove it. A mandrel. Simple workpieces are just removed from the mandrel. Spinning can be performed by hand or by a CNC lathe. elongated radially. Soldering flux residues of rosin flux can be left on the surface of joint. Commercial applications include rocket nose cones. from aluminum or stainless steel. cookware. specialty lighting. Virtually any ductile metal may be formed. which then melt away after spinning. Extremely complex shapes can be spun over ice forms. also known as a form. activated rosin flux and other flux residues require proper treatment. or buckle circumferentially. is mounted in the drive section of a lathe. and public waste receptacles. Because the final diameter of the workpiece is always less than the starting diameter the workpiece must thicken. however. heating and quenching. Metal Spinning Metal spinning. If the residue is sticky then it can be removed by thermal shock i. but more complex shapes may require a multi-piece mandrel. brass instrument bells. is a metalworking process by which a disc or tube of metal is rotated at high speed and formed into an axially symmetric part. which is attached to the tailstock. known as reducing or necking. Metal spinning ranges from an artisan's specialty to the most advantageous way to form round metal parts for commercial applications. also known as spin forming or spinning. allows a spun workpiece to include reentrant geometries. Artisans use the process to produce architectural detail. Process The spinning process is fairly simple. The diameter and depth of formed parts are limited only by the size of the equipment available. If surface finish and form are not critical. A pre-sized metal disk is then clamped against the mandrel by a pressure pad. high-temperature alloys. to high-strength.e. acetone or carbon tetrachloride can be used. A localized force is then applied to the workpiece to cause it to flow over the mandrel. A more involved process. then the . decorative household goods and urns. The force is usually applied via various levered tools.When brazing or soldering is completed then the flux residues are to be removed because without removal the residues may lead to corrosion of assemblies. The mandrel and workpiece are then rotated together at high speeds. gas cylinders. Residue removal of zinc chloride base fluxes can be achieved by washing first in 2% hydrochloric acid mixed in hot water followed by simple hot water rinsing. Brazing flux residues can be removed by rinsing with hot water followed by drying.

workpiece is "spun on air". no mandrel is used. or improvised) can be used to effect varied results. extending tool life and improving surface finish. Hot spinning process involves spinning a piece of metal on a lathe and with high heat from a torch the metal is heated. though many other tools (be they commercially produced. Once heated. Parts can then be shaped or necked down to a smaller diameter with little force exerted. Rotating tools may also be coated with thin film of ceramic to prolong tool life. Some metal spinning tools are allowed to spin on bearings during the forming process. the metal is then shaped as the tool on the lathe presses against the heated surface forcing it to distort as it spins. If the finish or form are critical then an eccentrically mounted mandrel is used. providing a seamless shoulder. This reduces friction and heating of the tool. ad hoc. . Rotating tools are commonly used during CNC metal spinning operations. Tools The basic hand metal spinning tool is called a spoon. Spinning tools can be made of hardened steel for using with aluminium or solid brass for spinning stainless steel or mild steel.

so it can be made from wood. stamping and forging or casting. One disadvantage of metal spinning is that if a crack forms or the object is dented. and oxyacetylene tanks. a part can withstand higher internal or external pressure exerted on it. The wider the roller the smoother the surface of the spinning. at less cost than other metal forming techniques.Commercially. For example: scuba tanks. Without seams. parts are being spun with thicker materials in excess of 1" thick steel. often foot long hollow bars with tool steel shaped/sharpened files attached. depending on the intended use. carbide or tool steel cut-off tools are used. Rollers vary in diameter and thickness. Repairing the object is not cost-effective. but a lower variable cost than metal spinning. Tooling and production costs are also comparatively low. often done by hand. For hard materials or high volume use. As machinery for commercial applications has improved. In CNC applications. Hydro-forming and stamping generally have a higher fixed cost. it must be scrapped. Advantages & disadvantages Several operations can be performed in one set-up. as found in other metalworking processes. the thinner rollers can be used to form smaller radii. The mandrel does not incur excessive forces. Objects can be built using one piece of material to produce parts without seams. but generally a lower variable cost. Forging or castings have a higher fixed cost due to the large equipment needed. Forming parameters and part geometry can be altered quickly. is easily automated and an effective production method for prototypes as well as high quantity production runs. Spin forming. Conventional spinning also wastes a considerably smaller amount of material than other methods. Other methods of forming round metal parts include hydro-forming. Work pieces may have re-entrant profiles and the profile in relation to the center line virtually unrestricted. CO2 cartridges. plastic. the mandrel is usually made of metal. . rollers mounted on the end of levers are generally used to form the material down to the mandrel in both hand spinning and CNC metal spinning. or ice. Cutting of the metal is done by hand held cutters.



All the other elements that describe the weld are on or located around this line. The reference line has a leader and arrow that points to where the information applies. KEY POINT: the arrow points to the bevel where the bevel needs to be prepared. type of weld. If the elements on the reference line describe the necessary details (as it does in most cases) the tail is not used. number of welds. There is also a reference line that has an arrow break. Welders that fabricate or work with drawing must be able to interpret the welding symbol to prepare the joint and apply a weld that has the required strength and soundness. or other notes that do not normally have an element that describes them. See the examples below: In the above examples one of the reference lines has multiple arrows that are used to show the same weld in three locations that are relatively close to each other. Symbols on the top of the reference line mean apply the weld to the other side of the joint. or the side opposite to where the arrow is pointing. . The break in the arrow is used to indicate the joint member that is to receive the edge preparation. specification. It may also have a tail that has information about the process.WELDING SYMBOLS INTRODUCTION Welding symbols are used on blueprints and drawings to show where the weld is to be placed and may also show the size. details about the weld and even details about the joint. KEY POINTS: symbols on the bottom of the reference line mean weld the side of the joint the arrow is touching or pointing to. The actual symbol that shows the type of weld and the elements surrounding it that detail the weld can be placed on the top of the line or on the bottom of the line. ARROW SIDE One of the most important things about the reference line and the welding symbol is the top and bottom of the horizontal line. THE REFERENCE LINE AND ARROW The reference line is one of the most important elements on the welding symbol.

The examples of the weld all around and field weld above show a fillet weld symbol so that the weld to be applied in both cases is a fillet weld. This element is called a field weld and means the weld will be done in another location. For instance. or may not be the same weld on both sides of the joint. Sometimes clarification will be given in the welding symbol tail or as a specification on the print. THE FILLET WELD The fillet weld symbol is one of the most widely used symbols and the shape placed on the reference line to indicate a fillet weld is a triangle that resembles the side profile of a fillet weld. . If the reference line has a weld symbol on both sides of the reference line they may. The other element seen on the reference line resembles a flag and is located where the leader line joins the reference line. See the examples: OTHER ELEMENTS ON REFERENCE LINE There are two other elements that may be seen on the reference line that provide information about the weld.This method is used because sometimes the welding symbol must be drawn on the blueprint on the other side of the joint. this weld may be applied at the job site not in the shop. Otherwise more than on symbol is used. KEY POINT: The all around element is only used when it is possible to weld all the way around a single surface. When symbols appear on both sides of the reference line it means weld both sides of the joint. This means the weld extends all the way around the joint the arrow is pointing at. One is a circle around the place where the leader line connects to the reference line and indicates the weld is “ALL AROUND”. Remember the rule to apply the right weld to the right side.

A welded piece may have a different weld size on each side or they may be the same size. For example: if one member of the joint is thinner than the other. 2.The names of the parts of the fillet weld KEY POINT: Fillet sounds like fill it (pronounce the T) not fillay as in fillet a fish. The important elements added to a simple fillet weld symbol are as follows. a size for all fillets will be given on the drawing as a note or specification. THE SIZE OF THE WELD. Sometimes (not often) a weld of unequal legs may be required. The size of the fillet weld is determined by the legs of the triangle shape which represent the legs of the fillet. THE SIZE OF THE WELD. . THE CONTOUR REQUIREMENTS. 1. 4. THE LENGTH OF THE WELD. If no size is shown on the fillet weld. 3. THE LENGTH AND PITCH OF INTERMITTENT WELDS. 1.

KEY POINT: Making the fillet welds the wrong size may lead to costly rework if you are not sure ask for clarification. If it is not obvious the location is detailed on the drawing. THE LENGTH AND PITCH OF INTERMITTENT WELDS An intermittent weld is one that is not continuous across the joint. 3. 2. THE LENGTH OF THE FILLETWELD. but rather is a given length of weld separated by a given space between them. The length of the weld when it is not a continuous weld is shown by a number on the right side of the fillet weld triangle. This method of welding may be .

the length and pitch are two numbers located at the right of the fillet weld symbol. The contour may be flat or convex and the element to describe this is placed above the slope on the fillet weld symbol. The intermittent welds may be chain intermittent or staggered intermittent. Staggered intermittent the welds on the opposite side are usually started in the gap between the welds on the first side. A letter to indicate the method of finish may be given above the finish element. The length appears first as before followed by a hyphen then the pitch is shown. Chain intermittent the welds on both sides of the joint are opposite each other and resemble a chain. KEY POINT: The pitch is not the space between welds but a measurement from center to center of the welds. THE CONTOUR REQUIREMENTS Some welding symbols may show a contour finish that details how the fillet weld shape must be finished after welding. 4.used to control heat distortion or where the joint strength requirements allow. The welds then appear staggered. . Used more frequently than the length alone. KEY POINT: If the welds are staggered the fillet weld symbol will be staggered on the reference line. The pitch refers to a dimension from the center of one weld to the center of the next weld. Intermittent welding can save time and money if a long weld is not necessary. To get the spacing for layout subtract the length of one weld from the pitch.

When finishing directions are shown they appear over the slope of the fillet weld symbol. This remains the case regardless of how the break in the arrow is drawn. When two pieces of metal. J groove edge or double J groove edge. chamfer edge. are butted together for welding they usually have some form of a groove to allow the weld to penetrate into or through the joint. Fillet weld symbols on the top of the reference line mean apply the weld to the opposite side of the joint. . SUMMARY When reading a fillet weld symbol always make sure you know what side of the joint the weld is applied to. the length is indicated first then the pitch. double bevel edge. When a length of weld is shown on a fillet weld symbol the dimension is placed on the right side.A letter U may be used to designate an unspecified finish. The pitch is the distance from the center of one length of weld to the center of the next length of weld. GROOVE WELDING SYMBOLS Groove welding symbols are used to show how butt joints are prepared for welding and to detail how the weld is to be applied. check the drawing for clarification. Fillet weld symbols on both sides of the reference line mean apply weld to both sides of the joint. other than sheet metal or thin sections. The groove is formed by preparing the edges to be welded with a bevel edge. when the choice of finishing is given. The size of a fillet weld is determined by the length of the leg of the fillet weld and is shown on the symbol to the left. If two numbers appear in parenthesis the legs are unequal. When two numbers appear separated by a hyphen. Fillet weld symbols on the bottom of the reference line mean apply the weld to the side of the joint the arrow points to.

. The edge preparations may be assembled in any configuration to form the groove for welding from either one side or both sides. The most common configurations and their basic symbols are shown below. The typical edge preparations are shown below: The edge preparations may be assembled as either open root. The open root assembly allows penetration through the joint. Before applying the back weld a grinder or other method may be used to prepare a V. while the backing bar is used for easier welding. The backing bar may be removed or may be a part of the joint. while the back weld is applied after welding to finish the back side of the joint. with a backing bar or by utilizing the back weld or backing weld application.When the butt joint has no edge preparation it is referred to as a square groove. The backing weld is applied before welding and acts as a backing bar.

. The depth of groove is measured from the surface of the joint to the bottom of the preparation. while symbols on the top of the reference line mean weld the opposite side of where the arrow is touching or pointing to. This can be helpful to remember since symbols on a blueprint do not show the actual joint shape or edge preparation. GROOVE WELDING ELEMENTS GROOVE WELD SIZE The groove weld size is given in two dimensions and like the fillet weld it is placed to the left of the weld symbol. Symbols on the bottom of the reference line mean weld the side of the joint the arrow is touching or pointing to.KEY POINT: If two imaginary lines are drawn parallel to the horizontal line in the above symbols they show the joint shape. KEY POINT: The Groove welding symbols have the same placement relevance on the reference line as the fillet weld. The first size given is THE DEPTH OF GROOVE and is the dimension used to prepare the edge preparation. reworking welds is costly and time consuming. If it is not clear always ask someone. this is true for most of the symbols.

ROOT OPENING AND GROOVE ANGLE Two other important elements for preparing and welding the groove are the root opening and the groove angle. A 45 degree included angle means bevel each member at 22 1/2 degrees. The groove angle is also placed inside the weld symbol and is given in degrees. or depth of groove. For example. . and does not appear on the symbol. KEY POINT: The groove angle for a V groove is given as the INCLUDED angle so that means the edge bevel or chamfer for each piece is 1/2 of the degrees given. The Welder must always read all information given on a drawing. On some drawings the root opening or groove angle will be covered in a note or specification on the drawing for all similar symbols. KEY POINT: The penetration into the joint shown on the weld size is not measurable by the naked eye but is given to provide information about the expected outcome. The second size given is the ACTUAL WELD SIZE and is enclosed in parentheses to distinguish it from the groove size. The actual weld size is again measured from the surface of the groove through the bottom of the groove but now includes the expected penetration of the weld. The root opening. The root opening and groove angle are separate elements and may or may not appear together depending on the joint requirements. The weld size does not include face reinforcement or root reinforcement. dimensions the space between the joint to be welded and is placed inside the weld symbol. when used. J grooves angles may be detailed elsewhere on the drawing. On a square groove only the weld size is given.KEY PONT: The depth of groove does not include weld reinforcement or root penetration.

BACKING BARS BACK WELDS AND SPACERS As previously mentioned in this section some joint configurations may have a backing bar or spacer for easier welding or may employ the back or backing weld technique.CONTOUR AND FINISHING The same contour symbols that apply to fillet welds may be used with groove welding and are placed above the weld symbol. KEY POINT: If the backing bar is to be removed the symbol will contain an R for remove after welding. . The elements for these are placed on the bottom of the reference line opposite the weld symbol or in the case of the spacer on the reference line. Since the back and backing weld symbol look the same you must look for details to see which weld applies. Spacers may be removed before the second side is welded or they may become part of the joint.

Whenever you see something you are unfamiliar with check with engineering or supervision for clarification. The welder should read the entire drawing before making a weld to avoid costly rework. It is critical to produce the right size fillet and groove weld for the application so check sizes with weld gages.SUMMARY The groove weld symbols are used to provide information for preparing and welding the groove. they cannot always show every intended operation and often notes or specifications are used on the drawing. however. .

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