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New Article Addresses Challenges of Arc Welding Aluminum and Magnesium

By Rebecca Gurk on Friday, October 16th, 2015


Cross-industry lightweighting initiatives have significantly increased the use of aluminum and magnesium in fabrication; however, welding of these alloys presents a unique set of challenges. Arc welding processes offer significant advantages ranging from relatively low equipment costs and high productivity levels, with a range of process variations available to address productivity and quality requirements. A new article, Arc Welding of Aluminum and Magnesium by EWI Applications Engineer Nick Kapustka, provides an overview of these processes, discusses common challenges associated with welding these materials, and provides useful recommendations.

To download the article, click here.

multi-pass GMAW weld

Multi-pass GMAW weld made on
1.5-in thick magnesium

T-GMAW fillet welds

T-GMAW fillet welds made on ¼-in thick 6061 Aluminum at a travel speed of 60-ipm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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