An Alloy For Aluminium

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If you’ve ever had any questions with regards to finding the proper filler metal for welding aluminum (or aluminium, as everyone else calls it), then look no further!  Tony Anderson from the AWS has exactly what you need:

Finding an ally alloy

6 variables that affect aluminum filler alloy selection

By Tony Anderson
May 15, 2009

Choosing the best filler metal for aluminum welding involves taking into account the operating conditions of the finished welded component as well as six important variables that can affect the operating condition.

Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Tony Anderson’s presentation for the Aluminum Association Conference, May 5-6, 2009, Toronto, by the American Welding Society.

Filler alloy selection for welding aluminum is an essential part of the development and qualification of a suitable weld procedure specification (WPS). Choosing the most appropriate filler alloy for welding aluminum is based on the operating conditions of the finished welded component and a number of variables.

When selecting a filler alloy for welding aluminum, it’s a good idea to compare the performance of each filler alloy against each of the six variables: ease of welding, strength of the welded joint, ductility, corrosion resistance, sustained-temperature service, and postweld heat treatment.

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