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
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Welding supply and equipment distributorships, then and now

June 12, 2013

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Welding distributorships have changed dramatically over the years. Longtime welder Carl Smith reflects on the changes and offers a history lesson on how they came about.

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Welding for the natural gas boom

March 19, 2013

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The natural gas boom in parts of the U.S. is creating work for shops and many displaced workers in these areas. Do you know which codes and standards apply?

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The evolution of nickel alloys and welding materials

January 7, 2013

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Since he first heard his uncles discuss the nickel-plated bumpers and hubcaps on their 1937 Plymouths, welding expert Carl Smith has witnessed the use of nickel and its alloys evolve. Long used in the energy sector, the materials have seen an increase in popularity because of EPA regulations.

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Industrial espionage?

November 5, 2012

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Exactly what falls under the umbrella of industrial espionage? Do you think it’s possible for another company to steal your product design and processes? Learn from one fabricator’s experience.

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Use and weldability of high-chromium molybdenum steels

September 10, 2012

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At least a dozen chromium molybdenum (CrMo) steel combinations exist. One of the more recent alloys consists of chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, niobium (columbium), and nitrogen. Beginning sometime in the 1970s, this material became popular for use in high-temperature applications, such as gas and...

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Chromium molybdenum—its uses and fabrication requirements - TheFabricator.com

Chromium molybdenum—its uses and fabrication requirements

July 9, 2012

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Chromium molybdenum alloys have characteristics that make them good choices for many products used in construction and manufacturing. This article discusses some applications for these materials and the processes and equipment necessary to complete them.

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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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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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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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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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