Practice for weld test

  1. Rich#1984

    Rich#1984 Member

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    I’m practicing for my first weld test at work in my new job any advice would be great all my weld are looking like this
     
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  2. Joe Irvin

    Joe Irvin New Member

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    Hi @Rich#1984, what is the test exactly and what standard are they coding you to?

    In my experience, inspectors like to see smooth welds with good fusion on the toes. Try to avoid weaving or “whipping” and instead run nice and hot with a steady travel speed. This leaves no room for doubt when they MPI and scrutinise the finished article.

    Pay attention to your root fusion and make sure it’s punching right into the joint - if they’re cutting/etching the test piece you don’t want it to fail on lack of pen!

    Finally, if it’s a multi run weld, pay attention to your weld profile and keep it nice and neat. On your cap, run the bottom bead (sitting on the flat plate) first and finish with the top run.

    Snip your wire between passes/start-stops to give yourself clean starts and keep your test piece clean (flap disk before tacking up, wire brush between/after passes). Make sure you knock the spatter off before you let the inspector at it!

    Best of luck,

    Joe
     
  3. DTS Member

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    Looks like your torch angle was way low? Some long chevrons there..
     
  4. henry Kadzielski Member

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    As Joe has stated above the weld must look flat (miter) with good fusion in the toes. I have some pics in the 'stuff you have made' section of what it is supposed to look like. Mind you they didn't happen over night like that, it did take practice and fiddling to get them like that. Don't know how to look that post up, some one may be along to say how.
     
  5. Rich#1984

    Rich#1984 Member

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    It’s not a coding test it’s just a in house test but it will be cut dyed and just a visual.
    So constant speed and higher torch angle?
     
  6. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    Is it for structural test usually 8 fillet weld and a multi run 10/12 fillet test
     
  7. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    I'll post some photos of a test welds
     
  8. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    Can't find a test pic I'll do one tomorrow on some scrap but here is a 8 fillet weld I think
     
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  9. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    @Rich#1984 are you working for billington structure
     
  10. zeppelin builder

    zeppelin builder Member

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    are you dragging that ?id be pushing

    another wee tip,always pre heat to above 100c as condensation forms in the joint when you weld on cold plates then comes out as steam ! you will have pores and worming on the surface .
     
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  11. Yamhon Member

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    Good tip. What would you say is the cut off point for materials when you need to start preheating them please?
     
  12. Rich#1984

    Rich#1984 Member

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    No I’m not working for billingtons but I know of them my brother used to work there why do you ask
     
  13. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    I know of the company there
     
  14. Rich#1984

    Rich#1984 Member

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    My brother enjoyed his time there and said it was a good company to work for quite hard to get in there tho from what I hear
     
  15. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    Not what I've Hurd can't get skilled blokes these days
     
  16. Rich#1984

    Rich#1984 Member

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    As I said my brother has left so I’m unsure what it’s like now I wouldn’t mind working somewhere like that to be fair
     
  17. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    Don't know what Billy's is like up north but we'll my experience was great to start then it declined till I left
     
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