What the Weld?!

Have you ever wondered how many different types of welds there are? What makes them unique, what skills and tools are required to make them? Whether you're a budding welder or just a really curious person, here are some fun things to know about different weld types and what they are used on.

Ark Weld
This type of weld uses an electric arc between and electrode and the base material to melt the metals at the welding point. Either a direct or alternating current can be used, as well as a consumable or non-consumable electrode.

Heliark Weld
this process uses a tungsten electrode arc and helium as a shielding gas. It is more often referred to as tungsten inert gas welding (TIG). The American Welding Society’s official term is gas tungsten art welding (GTAW).

Submerged Ark Weld
This type of weld is also known as SAW. It involves the formation of an arc between a continuously fed wire and the workpiece. A shielding gas in not required because a blanket of powdered flux creates a protective gas shield, and a slag for the weld zone.

Staggered Fillet Weld
This in an intermittent fillet weld, and is one that is not continues across a joint. Sometimes the weld can be staggered on both sides of the joint.

Fillet Weld
A filett weld refers to the process of joining two pieces of metal together at an angle or perpendicular. The welds are also commonly called Tee joints.

Tack Weld
Tacks welds are used as a temporary means to hold two components together with the correct alignment until final welding is completed.

Butt Weld
A butt weld is where two pieces of metal to be joined are in the same plane. These types of welds require only some kind of preparation and are used with thing sheet metals that can be welded in a single pass.

Branch Weld
This type of welding process is used on pipes to fit one pipe into the hole of another pipe, making a branch off of the main pipe.

Plug Weld
A plug weld is used to fasten two pieces of metal together. The pieces are joined together by a hole that is drilled into the top piece and laid over the bottom one. A weld is made by running a bead inside of the drilled hole, holding the two pieces together.

Spot Weld
Metal is joined by welding at a number of separate points.

Seal Weld
The intention behind a seal weld is to help contain fluid, either gaseous or liquid. Seal welds are used most often not to prevent leakage out of a container, but to prevent entry of fluid into the space.

Socket Weld
A socket weld is a pipe attachment detail. Socket welds are similar to buttweld fittings, but socket weld fittings are mainly used for small pipe diameters.

Roll Weld
This process joins together a stack of sheets or plates. The stack is fed through a cold rolling mill, under sufficient pressure to produce significant deformation and sold state welding.

Flush Weld
A flush weld is a weld that has the same finished height as the welded surface.

Now You Know!

You probably never knew that there were so many terms for welding, did you? These types of welds are used to help repair broken pontoons at the Lake of the Ozarks, fabricate something brand new, or even to create unique metal art. Augello’s Welding is the place to come if you need custom metal fabrication at the Lake of the Ozarks, or to get things repaired. We can help you from the start of the process all the way through the end!

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