Welding of austenitic stainless steel using double sided arc welding process

Y. M. Zhang, C. Pan, A. T. Male

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This study explores an improved method of welding austenitic stainless steel. The method uses two series connected arcs to weld the workpiece simultaneously from opposite sides. Owing to this arc configuration, the welding current is forced to flow from one arc to the other through the workpiece. It is known that such current flow concentrates the arcs and thus improves the penetration capability. Also, the current flowing through the workpiece generates fluid flow within the weld pool. In addition, owing to the use of the two opposite arcs, the heating tends to be symmetric. In addition to the increased penetration, the use of this method for welding austenitic stainless steel results in improved microstructure in the resultant welds because of an increased columnar to equiaxed transition and a decreased angular distortion, which sometimes induces solidification cracking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1284
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science and Technology (United Kingdom)
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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