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What is slag from welding?

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Slag is the residue left on a weld bead from the flux. It shields the hot metal from atmospheric contaminants that may weaken the weld joint. Slag can also be globules of molten metal that are expelled from the joint and then re solidify on the metal surface. in either case, they are usually chipped away with a slag hammer.

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What is the use of up hill welding and down hill welding?

Vertical up welding is preferred in most instances as better penetration is achieved and the slag does not run down into the arc. Down hand welding is mostly used on thin material so as not to burn thru the metal. Travel speed is usually increased also.


Are emissions from welding dangerous?

Emissions from welding can be heat, light, sparks, slag, and smoke. Each one can be hazardous. Work clothes, leather gloves, and boots can help protect you from heat, light, sparks, and slag. A welding helmet with the correct shade lens will protect your face and eyes from heat, light, sparks and some of the smoke. A means to remove the smoke is very important. Inhaling it can cause long term lung problems. The light can be especially dangerous to your eyes and anyone that is exposed to it. It can blind you.


Is welding slag harmful?

When it is molten or hot it can burn. After it cools there doesn't seem to be any harmful effects from coming into contact with it. It is very hard so when chipping it be sure to wear eye protection.


What type of flux is used for welding copper?

The primary purpose of flux is "to clean". It mixes with the elements in the molten puddle and removes impurities. As it cools it floats to the surface and creates the slag which prevents Oxygen from attacking the Iron.


Why is necessary to hammer after welding a joint?

it's not. Welders do use a chisel/hammer to knock the slag off, but a wire brush will do the same thing. Some welders do use a hammer to align their fit-up when the tack is still hot, but not after they have welded. If the slag is left on, it may cause expedited corrosion, this is why it should be cleaned, but in most top quality shops - a wire brush is used. It is necessary to hammer a weld joint after welding CI to CI as the induced stress are relieved to a large extent and also the cracking can be avoided in case of CI

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What is welder slag?

Slag is caused by the flux in the wire or the flux on the welding rod.


What is the function of slag for welding?

The slag in the welding process protects the weld from oxidation and slows down the rate at which the weld cools. It also prevents brittleness of the metal.


What do mean by flux and slag?

In (SMAW) Shielded Metal Arc Welding 'stick welding': Flux is the substance added to to molten metals to bond with impurities that can be readily removed. Slag is the waste material which is removed.


What causes welding hose to be charred?

Laying on hot metal, or having slag fall on it.


What is a welding chipping hammer?

A welding chipping hammer is a hand held tool, like yourself. It is used for removing slag after the SMAW or flux core process.


What are the two american welding society abbreviations for the arc welding processes that melt a tubular electrode with alloys deoxidizers and slag formers in their cores?

One would be FCAW. Flux Cored Arc Welding.


What are the most common causes of fire on a constrution site?

Sparks from welding slag and not having a fire extinguisher nearby.


Slage inclusion welding defect?

Slag is normally seen as elongated lines either continuous or discontinuous along the length of the weld.


How would you avoid accurence porosity or slag on weld?

Correct current,travel speed, electrode angle, arc length


Why is oxidizing flame desirable in welding of copper alloys?

because a thin-protective layer of slag is formed over the molten metal


How do you prevent the occurrence of slag inclusion and undercut?

The following techniques can be used to prevent slag inclusions: Use welding techniques to produce smooth weld beads and adequate inter-run fusion to avoid forming pockets to trap the slag. Use the correct current and travel speed to avoid undercutting the sidewall which will make the slag difficult to remove.


What is the use of up hill welding and down hill welding?

Vertical up welding is preferred in most instances as better penetration is achieved and the slag does not run down into the arc. Down hand welding is mostly used on thin material so as not to burn thru the metal. Travel speed is usually increased also.