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.The purpose of using a gas pressure regulator is. Low pressure generator is considered portable and it produces acetylene above 15litres per minute.There is a tendency towards pressure fluctuations with resultant unsteady flame. In order to make the operation of acetylene generators safe. One indicates the gas pressure in the cylinder and the other shows the reduced pressure at which the gas is going out. With this kind of generator only the injector type of blow pipes can be used. (i) Low pressure generator which delivers the gas at pressures of less than 0. Two stage Regulator. This automatically regulates the amount of calcium carbide falling in water.1. This generator is the one that is more commonly used. Gas obtained is not so pure as available in cylinders. whereas the acetylene hose is coloured red or maroon and has left handed thread connections with . Pressure Regulators . various devices are incorporated in it. There are two types of acetylene generators. therefore (i) to reduce the high pressure of the gas in the cylinder to a suitable working pressure. 3. (ii)Gas pressure regulators may be classified as: 1. if the low pressure type of generator is used. and (ii) to produce a steady flow of gas under varying cylinder pressures.Single stage Regulator 2. 2. 4. In control valve opens and closes automatically as the acetylene in the chamber decreases or increases. (ii) Medium pressure generator which delivers the gas at a pressure of up to 0.1 bar.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 fitted with two pressure gauges. A pressure regulator is connected between the cylinder/generator and the hose leading to welding torch. 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. Labour is required to charge carbide and clean out sludge.6 bar. Medium pressure generator is considered stationary and it can produce acetylene up to 3000 litres per minute.

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

(iv) The metal/alloy to be welded. 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. a set of tips which screw onto the head of the blowpipe. greater amounts of the welding gases pass through and are burnt to supply a greater amount of heat. or(ii) As a set of gooseneck extensions fitting directly onto the mixer portion 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.(iii) Job thickness and the size of welding flame required for the job.(ii) The type of joint.backfires to the same extent. The following factors are important in the selection of appropriate welding nozzle: (i) The position of the weld. . As the orifice size increases. To change the power of the welding torch. The choice of the proper tip size is very important to good welding. 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. To provide for different amounts of heat. The size of a welding tip is determined by the diameter of the opening or orifice in the tip. to weld metals of different thicknesses. A welding nozzle enables the welder to guide the flame and direct it with the maximum ease and efficiency. welding tips are made in various sizes.


flame is the most important tool. but where work has to be done on plant with access only by narrow gangways the. shape and condition in order to operate with maximum efficiency.1 to 1). The flame has a nicely defined inner cone which is light blue in colour. safe and inexpensive means of lighting the torch. Normally cylinders can be mounted on a trolley side by side. Types of Flames 1. All the welding equipment simply serves to maintain and control the flame. Neutral Flame . has an advantage.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. Gas Cylinder Trolleys . . Spark lighters are constructed from flint and steel. 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. The correct type of flame is essential for the production of satisfactory welds. Reducing Flame (Excess of acetylene) In oxyacetylene welding. The temperature of the neutral flame is of the order of about 3260ºC. (More accurately the oxygen-to-acetylene ratio is 1.Trolleys should be capable of accommodating one oxygen cylinder and one acetylene cylinder required for gas welding. The gas cylinders are held in place with chains and supported on the bottom with a steel platform. This envelope is usually a much darker blue than the inner cone.Gas Lighter A gas (spark) lighter provides a convenient. Oxidising Flame (Excess of oxygen) 3. Neutral Flame (Acetylene oxygen in equal proportions) 2. The flame must be of the proper size. It is surrounded by an outer flame envelope. Trolleys may have rubber tires or steel rim wheels. produced by the combination of oxygen in the air and superheated carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases from the inner cone.

the result will be an oxidising flame. brittle. i. in welding brass. the supply of oxygen is further increased. tends to combine with many metals to form hard. after the neutral flame has been established. This chemical change makes the metal unfit for many applications in which the weld may . such as manganese steel and cast iron The oxidizing atmosphere. The outer flame envelope is longer than that of the neutral flame and is usually much brighter in colour. A reducing flame can be recognized by acetylene feather which exists between the inner cone and the outer envelope. The high temperature of an oxidizing flame (O2: C2H2 = 1. It is not used in the welding of steel. its burning temperature is lower and the left over carbon is forced into the molten metal. consume the available carbon. and (iii) A few types of ferrous metals. This is because of excess oxygen and which causes the temperature to rise as high as 3500°C. the resulting flame will be a carburising or reducing flame. in these cases. 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 .If the volume of oxygen supplied to the neutral flame is reduced. With iron and steel it produces very hard. An oxidising flame tends to be hotter than the neutral flame. Reducing Flame . therefore. An oxidising flame can be recognized by the small white cone which is shorter. an excess of oxygen causes the weld bead and the surrounding area to have a scummy or dirty appearance. an oxidising flame is of limited use in welding. The formation of a covering copper oxide prevents the zinc from dissipating.e.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. For these reasons. 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.5: 1) would be an advantage if it were not for the fact that the excess oxygen. rich in acetylene. low strength oxides. A reducing flame does not completely. Moreover. An oxidising flame burns with a decided loud roar. For example. brittle substance known as iron carbide.If. especially at high temperatures. the zinc has a tendency to separate and fume away. A slightly oxidising flame is helpful when welding most (i) Copper base metals (ii) Zinc base metals. creates a base metal oxide that protects the base metal. much bluer in colour and more pointed than that of the neutral flame.

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

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

After the plate has reached the kindling temperature. Drag is the amount by which the lower edge of the drag line trails from the top edge. The heat generated causes the metal to melt and get blown away by the oxygen pressure. Thus the tip has a central hole for oxygen jet with surrounding holes for preheating flames.Gas Cutting: It is possible to rapidly oxidise (burn) iron and steel when it is heated to a temperature between 800 to 1000 0C.67 MJ/Kg of iron 2Fe + O2 -.Fe3O4 + 6. After the steel is heated to the kindling temperature which is about 870 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. and hence preheating flames may have to be continued as somewhat lower rate. When a high pressure oxygen jet with a pressure of the order of 300 KPa is directed against a heated steel plate. moving the torch in the forehand direction to achieve the desired cut. the operator should release the oxygen jet to start the cutting. The cutting tip should be chosen for the intended application.2FeO + 3. 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. Oxy-acetylene gas cutting outfit is similar to that of the oxy-acetylene welding except for the torch tip.2Fe2O3 + 4.90 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.18 MJ/Kg of iron 4 Fe + 3 O2 -. it gets readily combined with oxygen giving iron oxide with the following reactions: 3 Fe + 2 O2 -. the oxygen jet burns the metal and blows it away causing the cut. Here the torch tip has a provision for preheating the plate as well as providing the oxygen jet. The cutting can start at the edge or in the middle of the plate. About 30 to 40 % of metal is simply blown away. . while the rest is oxidised. But this energy may not be sufficient to bring the steel to its kindling temperature.

. When the torch is moved too rapidly. If small tips are not available. Though the gas cutting is more useful with thick plates. Tip size chosen should be as small as possible. 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. then the tip is inclined at an angle of 15 to 20 degrees. the metal at the bottom does not get sufficient heat to get oxidized and cut and hence there is a large drag. 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. 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.

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

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. There are two types of electrodes. Granular flux. filler metal is melted into the joint from a separate rod or wire. thus improving the weld. an arc is created across the gap between the metal and the hot cable electrode. vapour or slag. The Five Most Common Arc Welding Processes . Non-consumable electrodes do not melt. adds deoxidizers that create a shield to protect the molten pool. 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.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. for example. When the electrode is positioned close to the work piece. and molten metal droplets detach and mix into the weld pool. An ionized column of gas develops to complete the circuit. Consumable electrode tips melt. Most arc welding processes minimize contact between the molten metal and the air with a shield of gas.

engine-powered generators are still widely used for portable welding. Based on the static characteristics power sources can be classified in two categories • Constant current or drooping or falling characteristic power source. arc welding power sources are playing very important role in welding. 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. 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.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. are more energy efficient. The power source shall supply necessary current to melt the electrode at the rate required to maintain the preset voltage or relative arc length. However. Selection of power source is mainly dependent on welding process and consumable. Normally rectifiers and transformers are preferred because of low noise. Constant voltage power source does not have true constant voltage output. 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. The other types use step-down transformers. However. require less maintenance and are less expansive. higher efficiency and lower maintenance as compared to generators. both in the form of process controls required to accomplish a given operating condition and the consequent demands on the power source. One type uses electric motors or internal combustion engines to drive alternators or generators. they are now the industry standards. high-amperage current combination that arc welding requires. 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. 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. Each welding process has distinct differences from one another. The speed of electrode drive is used to control the average welding current. Therefore. welding voltages are lower as compared to open circuit voltage of the power source. • Constant potential or constant voltage or flat characteristic power source. With constant voltage power supply the arc voltage is established by setting the output voltage on the source. Welding transformers. Due to some internal or external fluctuation . Because transformer-type welding transformers are quieter.

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. . Fig 4.if the change in welding current occurs. With a change in arc voltage. Fig 4. 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. therefore.2: Drooping or Constant current or Falling Characteristic. with a consumable electrode welding process. Under these conditions the short circuiting current shall be limited leading to safety of power source and the electrode. it will automatically increase or decrease the electrode melting rate to regain the desired arc length. the change in current is small and. electrode melting rate would remain fairly constant with a change in arc length.1: Constant Potential or Constant Voltage or Flat Characteristic. The power source may have open circuit voltage adjustment in addition to output current control.

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. At 100% duty cycle minimum current is to be drawn i.Some power sources need high frequency unit to start the arc.e. 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. filters are required so that high frequency may not flow through control circuit and damage it.1: Welding Processes. High frequency unit is introduced in the welding circuit but in between the control circuit and HF unit. which may be requirement of processes like TIG and plasma arc.4 mm ) Constant Potential . current passes through the skin of operator causing no damage to the operator.e.4 mm ) Constant Potential (if electrode  = 2. The maximum current which can be drawn from a power source depends upon its size of winding wire. Table 4. Welding cycle time is either 5 minutes as per European standards or 10 minutes as per American standard and accordingly power sources are designed. 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. with the reduction of duty cycle current drawn can be of higher level. Duty Cycle: Duty cycle is the ratio of arcing time to the weld cycle time multiplied by 100. type of insulation and cooling system of the power source. The welding current which can be drawn at a duty cycle can be evaluated from the following equation. This high voltage ionizes the medium between electrode and workpiece/nozzle starting pilot arc which ultimately leads to the start of main arc. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

so the electrical characteristics of the welding power can be changed by software in real time updates. it is now possible to build a switching power supply capable of coping with the high loads of arc welding. and automatic spot-welding. The high frequency inverter-based welding machines can be more efficient and have better control than non-inverter welding machines. Figure 5. known as welding circuit. It includes welding power source. electrode holder. The arc is struck between a flux covered stick electrode and the workpieces.1 Shows details of welding circuit. These designs are known as inverter welding units. The workpieces are made part of an electric circuit. . Figure 5. The circuitry can also provide features such as power control and overload protection. variable frequencies. Although the high switching frequency requires sophisticated components and circuits. welding cables.2 shows the fine molten droplets of metal and molten flux coming from the tip of the coated electrode.000 Hz or higher. then they switch (invert) the DC power into a step down transformer to produce the desired welding voltage or current. earth clamp and the consumable coated electrode. it can drastically reduce the bulk of the step down transformer. The IGBTs in an inverter based machine are controlled by a microcontroller. 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). Typically the controller software will implement features such as pulsing the welding current. 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. variable ratios and current densities through a welding cycle. They generally first rectify the utility AC power to DC.

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

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

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

2. 5 and 6 mm. (c) Protects solidified hot metal from atmospheric gases. Table 5. 3. Ni.e.2: Size and Welding Current for Stick Mild Steel Electrodes Diameter d 2.18(1/8") 4. Improve the electric conductivity in the arc region to improve the arc ignition and stabilization of the arc. clay. 5.minerals like quartz. Alloying with certain elements such as Cr. 2. Rutile Electrodes Coating consists of TiO 2 up to 45% and SiO2 around 20%. during welding to improve weld metal properties. . Formation of slag. asbestos. 3. silica etc. However. which. iron powder. Cellulosic Electrodes Coating consists of high cellulosic content more than 30% and TiO2 up to 20%. potassium / sodium silicate. ferro-maganese. 6. Mo to improve weld metal properties.5 3. 4.18. (a) Influences size of droplet. high spatter losses are associated with these electrodes.0 5. larger the core diameter larger the length. calcium carbonate.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.0 6. Each constituent performs either one or more than one functions. However. Various constituents of electrode coating are cellulose. calcite and mica. The important functions are as follows: 1. structural steel electrodes can be classified in the following classes. Provide deoxidizers like Si and Mn in form of FeSi and FeMn. calcium fluoride. (b) Protects the droplet during transfer and molten weld pool from atmospheric gases. These electrodes are widely used for general work and are called general purpose electrodes. 4.2 gives the details of electrode sizes and currents.5. Coated Electrodes are specified based on core wire diameter. Acidic Electrodes 1. 2. Table 5. powdered alloys.0 2. Ferro-alloys are also used in the formulations of fluxes. special electrodes may be of 8-10 mm diameter. These are all position electrodes and produce deep penetration because of extra heat generated during burning of cellulosic materials. titanium dioxide. Commonly used electrode diameters are 2. Length of electrodes may depend on diameter of core wire ranging from 250 to 450 mm i. Electrode metallic core wire is the same but the coating constituents give the different characteristics to the welds. Formation of shielding gas to protect molten metal. Improve deposition rate with addition of iron powder in coating. (d) Reduces the cooling rate of weld seam. 3. talc. iron oxide. Based on the coating constituents.

Sometimes it may be up to 40%. Table 5. the arc is started by short circuiting the welding current between the electrode and the work surface. 7-10) and the tapping method (fig. Arc stabilizer Slag basicity. improved metal transfer. Slag former Arc Stabilizer. Basic Electrodes Coating consist of CaCO3 around 40% and CaF2 15-20%. Sodium Silicate / Potassium Binder. In Coating Constituent . 7-11). Slag former Increase in current carrying capacity. forming HF acid as CaF2 generates fluorine on dissociation in the heat of arc. 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 removal and bead Fluidity appearance Iron Oxides Fluidity. H2 removal Clay (Aluminum Silicate) Slag former Coating strength Talc (Magnesium Silicate) Slag former Arc stabilizer Rutile (TiO2 ) Arc stabilizer. Calcium Carbonate Gas former. Slag former Asbestos Coating strength Slag former Quartz (SiO2 ) Slag fluidity. Coating consists of iron oxide more than 20%. These electrodes normally require baking at temperature of approximately 250 ° C for 1-2 hrs or as per manufacturer's instructions. Such electrodes produce high quality weld deposits which has high resistance to cracking. 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. This is because hydrogen is removed from weld metal by the action of fluorine i. Slag former.e. In either method. other constituents may be TiO2 10% and CaCO3 10%. Such electrodes produce self detaching slag and smooth weld finish and are used normally in flat position.4.3: 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.

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

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

PARTS OF JOINTS . 3-6. is made by lapping one piece of metal over another (fig. there are many possible variations.WELD JOINTS The weld joint is where two or more metal parts are joined by welding. views B and C). In cross section. 3-6. view A). A joint of this type may be either square or grooved. one of the members is flanged. The five basic types of weld joints are the butt. lap. and pipe work. 3-6. Corner and tee joints are used to join two members located at right angles to each other (fig. as shown in figure 3-6. as the name implies. Various joint designs of both types have uses in many types of metal structures. An edge joint is used to join the edges of two or more members lying in the same plane. A lap joint. for maximum joint efficiency. A butt joint is used to join two members aligned in the same plane (fig. This joint is frequently used in plate. and the tee joint has the shape of the letter T. however. view E. This is one of the strongest types of joints available. the corner joint forms an L-shape. While this type of joint has some applications in platework. Inmost cases. The above paragraphs discussed only the five basic types of joints. you should overlap the metals a minimum of three times the thickness of the thinnest member you are joining. sheet metal. 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. Lap joints are commonly used with torch brazing and spot welding applications. as shown in figure 3-6. view D). tee. corner. and edge. however.

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

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

require welding in this position. pontoons. Erecting structures. and butt joints. tanks. Horizontal-position welding can be used on most types of joints. The most common types of joints it is used on are tee joints. such as buildings. 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. Welding on a vertical surface is much more difficult than welding in the flat or horizontal position due to the force of gravity. Gravity pulls the molten metal down. 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.least until he has developed a fair degree of skill in applying the proper technique. you should use fast-freeze or fill- . lap joints.

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

• Only simple sections readily butt weldable.This variant is properly called the open joint process. The materials commonly joined by Hotpressure-welding are carbon. refer to butt Hot-pressure-welding of railroad rails sections and steel reinforcing bars. when the parts are making contact under pressure before heat application from the outside. Hot-pressure-welding can be an economic and successful process for performing butt joints of simple shapes if the materials are easily weldable. . Alternatively. especially in Japan. Therefore cast iron cannot be Hot-pressure-welded. low alloy steels. Typical application reported. cooling rate and quality. 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. but depend upon materials composition. Mechanical properties tend to be near those of the base materials. Some beveling can be used to control the amount of upset. and certain nonferrous metals. also by electrical induction. although the source of heating is different. typically among them aluminum alloys and stainless steels. 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. The process as described is performed as a manual operation. For obtaining the best results the surfaces should be machined square and clean. Tests were performed in a vacuum chamber. Pressure in the range of 40 to 70 MPa must be available. possibly being developed by trial and error. Certain dissimilar materials combinations are weldable by Hot-pressure-welding. The most important parameter is the pressure sequence cycle. Materials that easily form on the surface adherent oxides upon heating cannot be eaasily welded in air by this process. Hot-pressurewelding is similar in a way to both friction welding and flash welding. it is called the closed joint process. The materials to be welded must exhibit hot ductility or forgeability. In either case flash material is expelled and a bulge is formed at the joint.

their thicknesses. Heat is generated in localized area which is enough to heat the metal to sufficient temperature. all process variables are preset and maintained constant. For good quality welds these parameters may be properly selected which shall depend mainly on material of components. The material of electrode should have higher electrical and thermal conductivities with sufficient strength to sustain high pressure at elevated temperatures. dust. Welding is accomplished by using extremely high pressures on extremely clean interfacing materials. Aluminum and copper are readily cold welded. The process employs currents of the order of few KA. Apart from proper setting of welding parameters. H is heat generated I is current in amperes R is resistance of area being welded T is time for the flow of current. 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. All resistance welding operations are automatic and. Commonly used electrode materials are pure copper and copper base alloys. oil and grease. The process is readily adaptable to joining ductile metals. Pressure is applied through the electrodes. dipping in diluted acid bath and then washing in hot water bath and then in the cold water bath.e. Copper base alloys may consist of copper as base and alloying elements such as cadmium or silver or chromium . However. so that the parts can be joined with the application of pressure.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. Indentations are usually made in the parts being cold welded. component should be properly cleaned so that surfaces to be welded are free from rust. Aluminum and copper can be joined together by cold welding. during and after the flow of current to avoid arcing between the surfaces and to forge the weld metal during post heating. 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. 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. For this purpose components may be given pickling treatment i. type and size of electrodes. After that components may be dried through the jet of compressed air. Force is normally applied before. 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. therefore. The heat generated during resistance welding is given by following expression: H=I2RT Where. The necessary pressure shall vary from 30 to 60 N mm-2 depending upon material to be welded and other welding conditions. These processes differ from other welding processes in the respect that no fluxes are used. and filler metal rarely used. voltages range from 2 to 12 volts and times vary from few ms to few seconds. When cold welding heavier sections a press is usually required to exert sufficient pressure to make a successful weld.

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. 1. Spot Welding In resistance spot welding. In butt and flash welding. Pure tungsten or tungsten-silver or tungsten-copper or pure molybdenum may also be used as electrode material. 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. Fig 11.2: 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. Fig 11.or nickel or beryllium or cobalt or zirconium or tungsten.1 shows the water cooling system of electrodes. due to the flow of . tear and deformation of electrodes. The work pieces are held under pressure and only then heavy current is passed between the electrodes for preset time.2. To reduce wear. cooling through water circulation is required. The principle is illustrated in Figure 11. Commonly used resistance welding processes are spot.1: Water Cooling of Electrodes (a) Spot Welding (b) Seam Welding. components are in butting position and butt joints are produced. Figure 11. The area of metals in contact shall be rapidly raised to welding temperature.

It is widely being used in electronic. Pointed tip or truncated cones with an angle of 120° . A flat tip electrode is used where minimum indentation or invisible welds are desired. Domed electrodes are capable of withstanding heavier loads and severe heating without damage and are normally useful for welding of nonferrous metals. squeezes the hot metal together thus completing the weld. it is applicable only for limited thickness of components. aircraft. however. Ease of mechanism. The weld nugget formed is allowed to cool under pressure and then pressure is released. The pressure between electrodes. .current through the contacting surfaces of work pieces. The radius of dome generally varies from 50-100 mm. Fig 11.140° are used for ferrous metal but with continuous use they may wear at the tip.3 Fig 11. high speed of operation and dissimilar metal combination welding. This total cycle is known as resistance spot welding cycle and illustrated in Figure 11. automobile and home appliances industries.4: Electrode Shapes for Spot Welding Most of the industrial metal can be welded by spot welding. has made is widely applicable and acceptable process. electrical.3: Resistance Spot Welding Cycle Spot welding electrodes of different shapes are used.

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

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

muffler. However. 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. Overlap welds are used for air or water tightness. equipment is costly and maintenance is expensive. fuel tank welding and other special items. fuel tank. seam welded tubes. tub cover welding (circumferential). Further. drums and other components of domestic applications. Seam welding is relatively fast method of welding producing quality welds. The Seam Welding machines are precision and robust construction suitable for long trouble-free service. The application of these machines are in the manufacture of drums and barrels. When it is approaching around 50 % then it is termed as continuous weld. Resistance Butt Welding (UW) Resistance Butt Welding is a Resistance Welding (RW) process. the process is limited to components of thickness less than 3 mm. silencer. shock absorber welding. It is the method of welding which is completely mechanized and used for making petrol tanks for automobiles. however in . shell welding (Longitudinal). The process is similar to Flash Welding.Fig 11.7: Electrode Shapes of Seam Welding Overlapping of weld nuggets may vary from 10 to 50 %.

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

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

Figure 9. Equipment similar to the above sketches is set up at the welding joint.Thermite Welding Use (Tw) Thermite Welding has been successfully used for many years in the Railroad industry to weld rails together. 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. 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. the thermite fixture is removed. .1 illustrates the process of GMA welding. After the process has been completed and the weld has cooled enough.

2. The electrode wire passing through the contact tube is to be connected to positive terminal of power source so that stable arc is achieved.2 and 1. If the electrode wire is connected to negative terminal then it shall result into unstable spattery arc leading to poor weld bead. are coated with copper to avoid atmospheric corrosion. GMA welding requires consumables such as filler wire electrode and shielding gas. Solid filler electrode wires are normally employed and are available in sizes 0.6 mm diameter. 1. The electrode wire feeding system is shown in Figure 9.8. increase current carrying capacity and for smooth movement through contact tube.Direct current flat characteristic power source is the requirement of GMAW process. 1. Similar to submerged arc welding electrode wires of mild steel and low alloyed steel.0. . Flat characteristic leads to self adjusting or self regulating arc leading to constant arc length due to relatively thinner electrode wires.

mild steel electrodes of different sizes. The range of welding current and voltage vary and is dependent on material to be welded. Further. Table 9.e. 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.Pressure adjusting screw is used to apply required pressure on the electrode wire during its feeding to avoid any slip.2 120-320 17-30 1. Electrode Wire DiameterCurrent Range (A) Voltage Range (V) (mm) 0. mode of molten drop formed at the tip of electrode and its transfer to the weld pool.1 gives the total range of currents and voltages for different sizes of structural steel i. different pressures are required for the smooth feeding of wire with minimum deformation of the wire. shall change if material of electrode wire is changed. This process exhibits most of the metal transfer modes depending on welding parameters.e. 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.8 50-180 14-24 1. With lower currents normally lower voltages are employed while higher voltages are associated with higher currents during welding.0 70-250 16-26 1. The range of current and voltage for a particular size of electrode wire. electrode size and mode of metal transfer i.6 150-380 18-34 . wire feeding rolls have grooves of different sizes and are to be changed for a particular wire size.

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.

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

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

increasing its wetting action or spreadability.e. • Infra-red Brazing The heat for brazing is obtained from infra-red lamps. 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. Various commonly used method of brazing are followings: • Torch Brazing Torch brazing utilizes the heat of oxy-acetylene flame with neutral or reducing flame.7 % Fe and traces of Si and Mn. powders or may be fed manually in form of rod. Filler metal may be either preplaced in form of washers. 1% Ni. rods and powders. Copper base alloys may be available in the form of rod. 18-24% Cd and sometimes 2-3% Ni or 5% Sn. • Induction Brazing . • 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. Preplaced preform melts and fills the joint. 15-28% Zn. In some cases around 10% Ni may also be added to filler alloys. Another variant is to dip assembled parts in metallic bath and metal of bath fills the joint. However. strip and wire. • Reduce surface tension of molten filler metal i. formed strips. Such method of brazing requires automation and parts to be joined should be self fixturing. • Furnace Brazing Self fixturing assembly with preplaced filler metal is placed inside electrically heated furnace with temperature control for heating and cooling. 15-35% Cu. approximately 40% Zn. The strength of brazed joint is higher than soldered joint but lower than welded joint. Brazing: The most commonly used filler metal is copper base zinc alloy consisting of normally 5060% Cu. The operation can be performed in air or in inert atmosphere or in vacuum.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. 0. However. which is brass and termed as 'spelter'. in between welding and brazing there is another process termed as ‘braze welding'. Silver brazing alloys are available in form of wire. strip. 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. Silver brazing filler metal may consists of 30-55% Ag. Filler metal is to be preplaced in the joint. 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. rings. Heat rays can be concentrated at desired area or spot with concave reflectors. These furnaces may also be using protective atmosphere with inert gases like argon and helium or vacuum for brazing of reactive metal components. During brazing or soldering flux is also used which performs the following functions: • Dissolve oxides from the surfaces to be joined. Borax and boric acid are commonly used fluxes for brazing with copper base filler metals. • Protect the surface from oxidation during joining operation.

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

Spinning can be performed by hand or by a CNC lathe. or buckle circumferentially. A pre-sized metal disk is then clamped against the mandrel by a pressure pad. The mandrel and workpiece are then rotated together at high speeds. is mounted in the drive section of a lathe. however. The diameter and depth of formed parts are limited only by the size of the equipment available. high-temperature alloys. Simple workpieces are just removed from the mandrel. brass instrument bells. A mandrel. gas cylinders.e. Artisans use the process to produce architectural detail. which is attached to the tailstock. and public waste receptacles. A localized force is then applied to the workpiece to cause it to flow over the mandrel. 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. Metal spinning ranges from an artisan's specialty to the most advantageous way to form round metal parts for commercial applications. activated rosin flux and other flux residues require proper treatment. Metal Spinning Metal spinning. Process The spinning process is fairly simple. If the residue is sticky then it can be removed by thermal shock i. Because the final diameter of the workpiece is always less than the starting diameter the workpiece must thicken. Organic flux residues are soluble in hot water so double rising in warm water shall remove it. but more complex shapes may require a multi-piece mandrel. then the . If surface finish and form are not critical. Soldering flux residues of rosin flux can be left on the surface of joint. Virtually any ductile metal may be formed. decorative household goods and urns. to high-strength. Brazing flux residues can be removed by rinsing with hot water followed by drying. specialty lighting. allows a spun workpiece to include reentrant geometries. from aluminum or stainless steel. Sometimes steam jet may be applied followed by wire brushing. Commercial applications include rocket nose cones. which then melt away after spinning. A more involved process. also known as spin forming or spinning. acetone or carbon tetrachloride can be used. If rosin residues removal is required then alcohol. known as reducing or necking. also known as a form. Extremely complex shapes can be spun over ice forms. cookware.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. is a metalworking process by which a disc or tube of metal is rotated at high speed and formed into an axially symmetric part. elongated radially. heating and quenching. The force is usually applied via various levered tools.

ad hoc. Rotating tools are commonly used during CNC metal spinning operations. Spinning tools can be made of hardened steel for using with aluminium or solid brass for spinning stainless steel or mild steel. 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. the metal is then shaped as the tool on the lathe presses against the heated surface forcing it to distort as it spins. This reduces friction and heating of the tool. Parts can then be shaped or necked down to a smaller diameter with little force exerted. providing a seamless shoulder. Once heated. If the finish or form are critical then an eccentrically mounted mandrel is used. 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.workpiece is "spun on air". Tools The basic hand metal spinning tool is called a spoon. no mandrel is used. or improvised) can be used to effect varied results. . extending tool life and improving surface finish.

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



The break in the arrow is used to indicate the joint member that is to receive the edge preparation. It may also have a tail that has information about the process. number of welds. All the other elements that describe the weld are on or located around this line. KEY POINTS: symbols on the bottom of the reference line mean weld the side of the joint the arrow is touching or pointing to. details about the weld and even details about the joint. Symbols on the top of the reference line mean apply the weld to the other side of the joint. THE REFERENCE LINE AND ARROW The reference line is one of the most important elements on the welding symbol. or other notes that do not normally have an element that describes them. 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 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. specification. . 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. KEY POINT: the arrow points to the bevel where the bevel needs to be prepared. 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.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. If the elements on the reference line describe the necessary details (as it does in most cases) the tail is not used. The reference line has a leader and arrow that points to where the information applies. There is also a reference line that has an arrow break. type of weld. or the side opposite to where the arrow is pointing.

or may not be the same weld on both sides of the joint. 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. This element is called a field weld and means the weld will be done in another location. . Remember the rule to apply the right weld to the right side. 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.This method is used because sometimes the welding symbol must be drawn on the blueprint on the other side of the joint. When symbols appear on both sides of the reference line it means weld both sides of the joint. One is a circle around the place where the leader line connects to the reference line and indicates the weld is “ALL AROUND”. If the reference line has a weld symbol on both sides of the reference line they may. For instance. The other element seen on the reference line resembles a flag and is located where the leader line joins the reference line. This means the weld extends all the way around the joint the arrow is pointing at. this weld may be applied at the job site not in the shop. 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. Sometimes clarification will be given in the welding symbol tail or as a specification on the print. 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.

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

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

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

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

. 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.When the butt joint has no edge preparation it is referred to as a square groove. The edge preparations may be assembled in any configuration to form the groove for welding from either one side or both sides. The backing weld is applied before welding and acts as a backing bar. The most common configurations and their basic symbols are shown below. 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. while the backing bar is used for easier welding. The typical edge preparations are shown below: The edge preparations may be assembled as either open root. The backing bar may be removed or may be a part of the joint.

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

dimensions the space between the joint to be welded and is placed inside the weld symbol. ROOT OPENING AND GROOVE ANGLE Two other important elements for preparing and welding the groove are the root opening and the groove angle. The root opening and groove angle are separate elements and may or may not appear together depending on the joint requirements. On a square groove only the weld size is given.KEY PONT: The depth of groove does not include weld reinforcement or root penetration. and does not appear on the symbol. The second size given is the ACTUAL WELD SIZE and is enclosed in parentheses to distinguish it from the groove size. or depth of groove. The groove angle is also placed inside the weld symbol and is given in degrees. . On some drawings the root opening or groove angle will be covered in a note or specification on the drawing for all similar symbols. J grooves angles may be detailed elsewhere on the drawing. For example. 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. 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. A 45 degree included angle means bevel each member at 22 1/2 degrees. when used. The Welder must always read all information given on a drawing. The root opening. The weld size does not include face reinforcement or root reinforcement. 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.

.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. Spacers may be removed before the second side is welded or they may become part of the joint. KEY POINT: If the backing bar is to be removed the symbol will contain an R for remove after welding. Since the back and backing weld symbol look the same you must look for details to see which weld applies. 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. 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.

however. . 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. they cannot always show every intended operation and often notes or specifications are used on the drawing. Whenever you see something you are unfamiliar with check with engineering or supervision for clarification.SUMMARY The groove weld symbols are used to provide information for preparing and welding the groove.

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