Practical Welding Today®

September/October 2009

Practical Welding Today® was created to fill a void in the industry for hands-on information, real-world applications, and down-to-earth advice for welders. No other welding magazine fills the need for this kind of practical information. Subscriptions are free to qualified welding professionals in North America.


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Selected articles from the September/October 2009 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: Charpy V-notch testing—Why not aluminum?

December 3, 2014

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Q: In many cases, when I qualify welding procedure specifications (WPS) for steel, I am required to perform testing of Charpy V-notch (CVN) samples, but I’m never required to test Charpy samples for aluminum welding procedures. Why not? A: Charpy V-notch samples are used to determine a...

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Arc Welding 101: Vertical-up or -down in robotic welding?

October 3, 2014

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Q: We have a weldment that incorporates 0.375-in.-diameter steel rods and a 0.060-in.-thick sheet metal stamping of 1018 CR material. Each weld is the same, 0.75 in. long with a 0.25-in. fillet, perhaps including weaving. The assembly is fixture and welded robotically using GMAW with CO2 gas and...

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Consumables Corner: Choosing a filler metal supplier with critical welds in mind

August 25, 2014

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Q: What should we look for when choosing a filler metal supplier for critical welds, such as those in the power generation industry? A: For critical applications, you need to find a supplier with a long track record in understanding the needs, developing products, and creating solutions for that...

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Welding her way outside the box

September 25, 2009

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Suburban Chicago artist Pamela Olin first picked up a welding torch five months after giving birth to her second child. Sixteen years later Olin still has a welding gun in hand, but now she wants to educate other women on thinking outside the box and considering welding as a hobby or as a career option.

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SMAW: A welder's guide

September 15, 2009

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Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the most common form of arc welding. However, creating a good weld is not always easy, especially for a beginner. Following a few simple tips as well as learning the common weld defect and how to fix them will have you on your way to laying quality SMAW welds.

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Understanding low-alloy steel

September 1, 2009

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Alloys comprise 1 to 5 percent of a particular steels content and are added to provide the steel with a specific attribute. Knowing the type of low-alloy steel you have will help you to choose the right filler metal and achieve good weld quality.

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SMAW: A welder's guide - Advice and troubleshooting tips for beginners

September 1, 2009

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is the most common form of arc welding. However, creating a good weld is not always easy, especially for a beginner. Following a few simple tips as well as learning the common weld defect and how to fix them will have you on your way to laying quality SMAW welds.

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Getting the SPA treatment

September 1, 2009

You may think your gas welding and fabrication operation is on track, but what you may not see could hurt you in the long run. Performing a safety and performance audit will help you evaluate the safety and efficiency of your operations, minimize liability, and help ensure compliance with local state fire and safety requirements.

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