Practical Welding Today®

May/June 2010

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Selected articles from the May/June 2010 issue available online:

Consumables Corner: Examining weld cracking, Part II—Stress, hydrogen cracking

July 16, 2014

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Editor’s Note: This is the second column in a two-part series. Q: I work in a midsized job shop, and we weld with the FCAW, GMAW, and SMAW processes. Occasionally we encounter weld cracking issues. What causes weld cracking, and what can I do to prevent it? A: Stress cracking is similar to hot...

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Fast tracking with W44 beams - TheFabricator

Fast tracking with W44 beams

June 11, 2010

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A truss railroad bridge that was destroyed in a massive flood was replaced within a year thanks to a fast-tracked rebuild effort that featured W44 beams.

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Prioritzing U.S. infrastructure needs

June 11, 2010

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Author and co-founder of New America Foundation gives his insights regarding the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure and provides tangible ways the federal government can address the situation.

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High-frequency electric resistance welding: An overview - TheFabricator

High-frequency electric resistance welding: An overview

June 1, 2010

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Architects and engineers are designing structures with new and innovative shapes. To meet these ever-changing requirements, manufacturers may turn to solid-state, high-frequency electric resistance welding (HF ERW) to produce engineered structural sections at high speeds with unlimited beam profiles, better structural performance, and with lighter weights.

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Wire welding in the structural steel world - TheFabricator

Wire welding in the structural steel world

June 1, 2010

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Many structural steel fabricators are loyal to shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). But technology advancements in the wire feed process known as flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), paired with an increasingly competitive market, have changed the landscape of structural steel environments, and by extension the opinions of the most loyal SMAW users.

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orbital welding electronics

We've come a long way, baby

May 5, 2010

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The orbital welding process has seen significant advancements in electronic control technology that have helped open the door to a wider array of applications while making it more cost effective to use.

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welding chrome moly steel

Examining the X-factor

May 4, 2010

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The X-factor, also known as the Bruscato factor, is an important equation for anyone welding with chrome-moly steel. The equation will help you test your filler metals for levels of phosphorus, antimony, tin, and arsenic that could make a weldment susceptible to temper embrittlement.

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ultra international

Teaming up to clean up

May 4, 2010

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Like many companies, Ultra Machine and Fabrication Inc., Shelby, N.C., a fabricator of armored military vehicles, believed the welders should clean up their own weldments for spatter, slag, and other discontinuities. But when welders were spending less and less time under the hood, Ultra re-evaluated this philosophy and, as a result, implemented a separate postweld cleaning team.

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