1. TIG Welding of stainless steel

    In case a commercial welder decides to perform a TIG welding task with stainless steel on a stainless plate, there is a few things to consider. In case the welder tries to weld the two parts in a free state with no restraint, then at the end the plates will not be flat. Actually, the stainless steel will always warp when it is being welded. The role of the commercial welder here is to make everything possible for the distortion to be just to an acceptable level. In general, there are a few things that the TIG welder can do in order to minimize distortion when TIG welding stainless. The main thing is to make the puddle established as quickly as possible and get moving. The amperage should not be tapered any slower than needed.

    It is a fact that the stainless steel has a low thermal conductivity, and the heat builds up quickly, so the TIG welding stainless quickly makes a

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  2. Tig Welding Steel

    Tig Welding Steel

    Weld science is an extremely profound subject and the art of welding is truly owned by highly skilled professionals. TIG welding is one of the very common techniques of welding in which a non-consumable tungsten electrode with a filler metal is used.

    During practice, a question very often asked is that if TIG welding of carbon steel with 309 grade is apt or not, as apparently many welders have commenced consuming it in the filler metal, however the question more appropriate here is why has 309 become so common that the code is many times neglected!

    In order to comprehend the usage of grade 309 for welding carbon steel you must first comprehend why code constraints the consumptions of this grade in certain cases in which still many welders are found consuming it. 309 grade when welded in to carbon steel can be quite risky because

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  3. All about TIG vs. MIG Welding

    Which welding should you opt for?

    Despite their almost similar names, TIG and MIG welding have some differences owing to factors such as welding precision, setup times, initial cost and utilization.

    TIG Welding

    TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas - a welding that joins reactive metals with the help of a non-consumable Tungsten electrode. It utilizes Argon, an inert gas, to produce a weld without air contaminants. Tungsten creates the arc between the electrode and metal. Optionally a filler may be used if required. 

    Pros of TIG Welding:

    Its cleaner and good for the environment. This is because it gives off the least spark smoke and fumes.

    It also results in more precise welds since TIG welding has less contamination.

    There's also no need to use filler materia as TIG welding can easily let one weld melt into the other. Its good for thin materials.

    Cons of TIG Welding:<

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  4. How to Troubleshoot and Rectify Tig Weld Inconsistencies

    How to Troubleshoot and Rectify TIG Weld Inconsistencies

    TIG welding is a challenging task even for welders with years of experience and most definitely for someone who is new to the task or a rookie. Discontinuities in the weld are common issues associated with TIG welding and can compromise the strength of a weld.

    There are many forms of inconsistencies that may develop in a TIG weld; one example of discontinuity is known as porosity. Porosity signifies gas pockets that form into the welded metal. Normally porosity can be easily detected with the naked eye in the form of small holes. However, testing devices like X-Rays are used in the case of critical welds.

    There are many reasons as to why porosity occurs during TIG welding. Improper filler metal, wrong type of coverage for shielding gas, more than specified heat or a base metal which was not cleaned are all potential causes for porosity.

    To rectify

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  5. 10 Most Common Mistakes Made While Tig Welding Aluminum

    10 Most Common Mistakes Made While Tig Welding Aluminum

    While some may consider Tig welding to be a breeze, it requires a lot of focus and experience to weld aluminum. If you've had trouble doing so, here are the top 10 mistakes made while Tig welding aluminum.

    1 - Newbies often forget to use the high frequency setting and set it to continuous. This ends up causing the machine to stall at low amperage since the alternating current loses most of its half cycles when the flow of the current is changed. If your machine sounds like a diesel engine, you need to adjust this setting when tig welding aluminum.

    2 - Incorrect electrode size is another common mistake. Amateurs may forget how hot the electrode can get at 250amps on alterative current, so they go ahead and use the same electrode on direct current. This obviously causes the electrode to malfunction and blow up! Don't try to weld aluminum cans with a 1/8"" electrode because this will

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  6. Welding Rods and Their Classification

    TIG welders, Arc welders, MIG welders, and Stick welders who work with wires, know that when the wire is cut and is straightened, it is called a welding rod. That is a form of filler metal or filler wire which is used by the multiprocess welders in the process of brazing or welding that does not conduct the electrical current.

    As the Arc welders, TIG welders, Stick welders, and MIG welders are aware, when the wire is used in the electrical circuit, it is called a welded electrode and it is defined as part of the welding circuit and actually through the welding electrode is conducted the welding current. Usually the electrode is a welding wire, yet it can come in other forms as well.

    The multiprocess welders know of several systems that are applied for the classification of a certain welding wire, rod or electrode. In all those cases is used a prefix letter which indicates something. So, here it is how the welding wire classification goes: when the prefix is R it indicates

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  7. How difficult is Tig Welding Titanium

    Tig Welding Titanium is simple and effortless! Tig Welding Titanium is complicated and demanding! You can see that I’ve made contradictory statements. So, what is the truth? The right answer, I must say is YES! Let us see what I really mean!

    It’s difficult as there are quite a few things that need to be looked into when compared to tig welding with stainless steel. The rod also tends to get very sticky while the wed is being carried out making it tend to cling on to the weld’s periphery. (Tip-off: The rod is to be fed into the middle (centre) hottest area in the puddle).

    Here, the three c’s also play a huge role in this: That it is CLEAN, CLEAN and CLEANER! The titanium must be extremely clean from grease, coatings, oil, and other oxides before starting to weld. Grease or oil will give rise to porosity like those that is visible in this particular x-ray negative of the titanium weld. However, this porosity is just the least of the issues.

    Severe issues

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  8. Welding Processes Power Supply & equipment

    The welding equipment and machines are rated in accordance to the duty cycle they have, as commercial welders know. The duty cycle is often misunderstood and thus it this term has to be cleared. The duty cycle is based on a period of ten minutes.

    When we have rated voltage, a power supply with a 100% duty cycle rating is in the position to operate without stopping at or below its rated current.

    When we have a 50% duty cycle, this does not mean that the commercial welder will have a cycle to operate 50% of the time at rated voltage and current. In such cases it means that the welder can operate only 5 minutes on every 10 minutes at that voltage and that current.

    This means that the welding equipment in such cases should be left idle five of every 10 minutes. The welding machines that are rated for a duty cycle of less than 100 % can be used without stopping by decreasing the current

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  9. How to Weld Sheet Metal With MIG and TIG

    For ages, fabricators have had a hard time welding sheet metal in an efficient and cost-productive way. They have to look at many factors such as equipment-investment vs. burn-through, weld appearance, warping, heat affected zones and more.

    However, welding sheet metal can be very efficient if they adopt the proper techniques.

    During Process Selection

    You want to prevent warping, burn-through and excessive heat zones when you decide to weld metal. All this and ensuring that your welded metal contains adequate mechanical strength for the purpose it will serve. For this you need controlled processes such as short circuit transfer GMAW, pulsed GMAW, pulsed GTAW and GTAW.

    GMAW Electrode and Shielding Gas Selection

    For this process, you need wires with the smallest diameter as feasible. They require the minimum amount of heat to melt. This prevents burn-through to a larger

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  10. MIG and TIG Guidelines for Aluminum Welding

    Reproduced courtesy of the Welding Design and Fabrication Magazine  

    These are guidelines for the selection of the right equipment for welding, applying the right technique, preparation of base materials and examining the weldments visually so as to ensure high-grade gas metal and also tungsten inert gas welding on any aluminum alloy.  Welding of aluminum alloys may prove to be quite challenging for even those experienced welding steels. Due to the lesser melting point and its greater thermal conductivity, aluminum alloys are easily prone for burn-through provided welders carry out specific procedures. Besides feeding the aluminum welding wires during the process of (GMAW) gas-metal-arc welding is a test since the wire has a lesser column strength, happens to be softer than steel and is prone to get entangled in the drive’s roll. In order to get over these difficult issues, operators would find that following the thumb rules and selection of equipment guidelines giv

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