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Storage and Preparation of Aluminum Base Alloys and Filler Alloys

March 26, 2014

I have worked for many years in the welding fabrication of carbon steel, and I am moving into the welding fabrication of Aluminum. I have heard that the storage and preparation for aluminum base alloys and filler alloys are different. What are the differences, and how can they affect the quality of my welding?

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Posted in Aluminum Welding , Tagged with GTAW, Heliarc, TIG



The most suitable filler alloy for 6061-T6 component operating at 250 deg F

March 26, 2014

I am looking for some assistance with the selection of the most suitable filler alloy for a particular GMAW welded aluminum structure. Application: Structural component used for material handling manufactured from 6061-T6 in material thicknesses of 1/8 to 1/2 inch.

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Posted in Aluminum Welding , Tagged with GTAW, Heliarc, TIG



What is the best filler alloy for 5083 base alloy?

March 26, 2014

I have a situation were my customer is experiencing failures in their guided bend tests. The Base Metal is 5083 and the filler alloy is ER5556. The test plate is a 5mm thick single groove weld with a 70 degree included angle, no root gap and a 2mm nose. The weld is back gouged and welded from the second side. We are not sure if we are using the correct filler wire; our welding equipment supplier has suggested that we change to an ER5356 type wire. What is your professional advice on this issue?

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Posted in Aluminum Welding , Tagged with GTAW, Heliarc, TIG



What are the advantages of 4047 filler alloy?

March 26, 2014

I have been informed that there is a filler alloy (4047) that can sometimes be used in lieu of the commonly used filler alloy 4043. What are the advantages of using the 4047 filler alloy and when would it make sense to substitute it for filler alloy 4043.

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Posted in Aluminum Welding , Tagged with GTAW, Heliarc, TIG



Feedability in GMAW Welding of Aluminum

March 26, 2014

The demands of welding applications vary extensively, and the cost of each feeding system varies also. The cost of down time from feeding problems and replacement parts can also be significant. For these reasons, you should choose the feeding system that is best suited to your application and set it up to optimize its feeding capability.

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Posted in Aluminum Welding , Tagged with GMAW, MIG



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