Welding Equpiments

It is an arc welding process wherein coalescence is produced by heating the job with an electric arc struck between a tungsten electrode and the job. Here are some brief on different type in Welding and Cutting Equipment. The electrodes used in this process are made of either Tungsten or Thoriated Tungsten. Thoriated Tungsten electrodes run cooler than plain tungsten electrodes and maintain square arcing ends but it is more expensive.

A Shielding gas:
A Shielding gas (Argon, Helium, Nitrogen, Carbon dioxide or a mixture of gases etc.) is used to avoid atmospheric contamination of the molten weld pool. The inert gas blanket shields the entire weld area from the atmospheric attack eliminating the need for any flux. General inert gas used is Argon though Helium or a mixture of the two may also be used. A filler metal may be added if required.
Commercial grades used for welding are 99.9% pure. Argon is 0.38% heavier than air and about 10 times heavier than Helium. Both gases ionize when present in an electric arc. This means that the gas atoms lose some of their electrons that have a negative charge. These unbalanced gas atoms, properly called positive ions, now have a positive charge and are attracted to the negative pole in the arc

TIG Welding Polarity:
The current source may be either DC or AC depending upon application. DC straight polarity arc is used in metals other than aluminum and magnesium including copper alloys, cast iron, steel and stainless steel. It gives good heat concentration and produces welds that are deep and narrow. Welding rates are high and there is less distortion of base metal. DC reverse polarity is not generally used because it produces shallow and wide welds. AC arc is used for welding aluminum, magnesium, cast iron and a number of other metals. Penetration with AC arc is midway between the penetration produced by DC direct polarity and DC reverse polarity.

TIG Welding Process:
A high frequency, high voltage (100 kHz to 2 MHz, 2000 volts) low amperage current supply is often used in TIG welding to initiate the arc. This is to avoid the contamination of the electrode caused when the arc is initiated by short circuiting with the work piece. When electrode tip reaches within a distance of 3 to 2 mm from the job, a spark jumps across the air gap between the electrode and the job. The air path gets ionized and arc is established.

The superimposed high frequency current causes a spark to jump the gap between the electrode and the work piece. If a high frequency source is not available the arc can be initiated by scratch starting using copper striker plate to limit electrode contamination.