Welding Processes Apr10

Welding Processes

Welding Processes Welding is a fabrication process that joins materials by causing coalescence. Welding is normally carried out by meltingĀ the work pieces and adding a filler material to form a pool of molten material that cools to become a strong joint, either with pressure sometimes used in conjunction with heat, or by itself, to produce the weld. This is in contrast with solderingĀ and brazing, which involve melting a lower melting point material between the work pieces to form a bond between them, without melting the work pieces. Welding usually requires a heat source to produce a high temperature zone to melt the material, though it is possible to weld two metal pieces without much increase in temperature. There are some methods with solid phase joining. In these methods there is no melting of the electrodes, though heat is produced in the process. Also since the work pieces are closely pressed together, air is excluded during the joining process. In normal welding the melted and solidified material is normally weaker than the wrought material of the same composition. In the solid phase joining such melting does not occur and hence the method can produce joints of high quality. Metals which are dissimilar in nature can also be readily welded by these methods. In the normal welding process, joining of dissimilar metals presents problems since brittle intermetallic compounds are formed during melting. Modern welding technology started just before the end of the 19th century with the development of methods for generating high temperature in localized zones. There are different methods and standards adopted and there is still a continuous search for new and improved methods of welding. Though the different welding processes have their own advantages and limitations and are required for special and specific applications,...