Welding is the process of joining two overlapping sheets through the application of heat. Useful for a number of different purposes, certain aspects of welding can be confusing to many, so the following are some of the most common questions that people ask about welding, as well as their answers in plain English so it is easy to understand.
Q. What types of material can be welded?
A. There are many materials that can be bonded together with the use of heat! Some of the most common materials that are capable of being welded are as follows: Water hardening alloys, tungsten alloys, titanium, stainless steel, shock resisting alloys, powdered metals, oil hardening alloys, monel, low carbon steel, inconnel, hot work alloys, high carbon, high speed steel, chrome moly, aluminum, and air hardening alloys. If there is a material not listed here that you are looking to have welded, that doesn’t mean that it is impossible! Simply contact the company you are interested in working with and ask them if that have experience with that material and what they can do for you. It is very possible that they will be able to find a way to help you out, depending on their level of experience with the material in question.
Q. What is hardsurfacing or hardfacing?
A. These are both terms for a service in which wear-resistant or build-up weld materials are applied to the surface of a part or component through joining or welding processes. Hardsurfacing or hardfacing provides the part or component with a continuous surface that is both impact resistant and gives it nonporous wear.
Q. What is the largest piece of material that I can have welded by a welding company?
A. This question is one that can be difficult to answer, but one that people are frequently seeking an answer to. It depends on the company that you are working with, exactly what you are looking to have done to the piece in question, and whether or not the piece needs to go through the process of being preheated. Depending on the company and the tools they have available to them, the answers to this question might vary. It’s best to simply contact the company you are considering working with and let them know what project you are trying to get completed. Then, they will be able to let you know whether or not it is within their scope of abilities.
Q. How thick can the material be that I need welded?
A. This is another question with an answer that depends on the factors of your project. The thickness of material that can be welded depends on the base material’s configuration, the joint type required, and the specific welding process the welding company is going to use. It’s best to get in touch with the welding company you are considering and asking them if they will be capable of completing your project.