Weld Inspection & Consulting

Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

AWS CWI, CWE, NDE Level III
Weld Inspection & Consulting
PO Box 841
St. Albans, WV 25177


Phone: 304-549-5606
Contact via email
Enhancing the surface to combat equipment wear - TheFabricator.com

Enhancing the surface to combat equipment wear

May 8, 2012

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Equipment wears as it’s used, particularly in heavy applications such as extracting natural resources from the earth. Surface welding used to repair and strengthen equipment helps prevent costly downtime.

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Scrubber

The many faces of stainless steel

March 5, 2012

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Stainless steel comes in various forms—austenitic, martensitic, and ferritic. Which type you use depends on your application requirements.

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New River Gorge Bridge

Building bridges

January 9, 2012

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Some fabricators and educators are fascinated by bridges. Bridges come in many different types, and diverse materials are used to build them.

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Overlaying sheave

Don’t junk it, make it better

October 10, 2011

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By using today’s new alloys, you can cut costs, extend equipment use, and actually improve products. Here are some examples of how this can be done by welding with aluminum bronze (CuAl).

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Aluminum truck bed

What is abrasion-resistant material?

July 21, 2011

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Creating welding procedures for abrasive-resistant (AR) materials can be difficult because many of them do not conform to ASTM,ASME, or SAE standards for chemical or mechanical properties. However, these materials can be welded successfully.

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Welder metallurgy

Basic metallurgy for welders

April 6, 2011

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Welders do not have to be metallurgy experts, but they do need to be knowledgeable about the chemical, mechanical, and physical properties of different materials.

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Reduction Process

How metal production affects the welding process

January 11, 2011

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Welders may recognize that when porosity is present, the cause isn’t always the shielding gas, welding filler, or operator error. It can be caused by the steel production method, which can introduce porosity and other flaws.

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weld backing diagram

Upfront welding inspection considerations

July 7, 2010

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Welding inspection involves much more than simply checking the accuracy of welds after they are made. Inspectors must be knowledgeable about codes, standards, materials, and other fabricating processes.

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Low carbon steel expansion joint

Just plain carbon steel — What is it?

March 9, 2010

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Is there any such material as plain carbon steel? Is so, what is it, what's its chemical composition, and which applications are best-suited for its use?

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Energy Plant Steam Plume

Scrubbing our industry

October 13, 2009

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Today's industrial scrubber technology can help make existing energy companies more environmentally friendly. Fabricators with the right equipment, capacity, knowledge, and opportunity might find a new market in making components for these systems. Find out what it takes.

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Is cast iron just cast iron?

April 28, 2009

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Cast iron comes in many different types with different properties. Not all can be welded, cut, or machined in the same way, and some types are better suited for specific applications than others. This article discusses the most common types and how to use them.

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Welder Image

The root causes of weld defects

October 28, 2008

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Bad welds can be traced back to poor workmanship, poor design, or a little of both.

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ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences - TheFabricator.com

ASME and AWS welding codes—Similarities and differences

August 26, 2008

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Welding codes are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of welding and are used to qualify welders. Predominate among welding codes in the U.S. are those authored by ASME and AWS. This article provides a brief overview of the similarities and differences in these codes.

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Deteriorating Bridge

Rebuilding the infrastructure
Skilled workers must be trained now

October 9, 2007

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Recent news, such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse, confirms that the nation's aging infrastructure needs an overhaul. New materials will help make bridges and other structures stronger, but finding the work force to build them won't be an easy task. The state of West Virginia is launching an initiative that may speed up worker training.

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Mig welder

Why welders need advanced training

July 10, 2007

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Becoming a skilled welder involves both hands-on and technical training from secondary and postsecondary instruction. Who should teach what and when to ensure that today's welders have the necessary skills? Longtime welder and welding professor Carl Smith shares his views.

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