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What problems should we pay attention to when welding galvanized pipes

Galvanized steel pipe has the dual advantages of corrosion resistance and long service life, and the price of galvanized pipe is correspondingly low, so its usage rate is now higher and higher, but the user is welding galvanized pipe. I didn’t pay attention to it, which caused some unnecessary troubles. What problems should we pay attention to when welding galvanized pipes?

First, the premise will be polished

The galvanized layer of the weld must be polished away, otherwise bubbles, trachoma, and false welding will occur. It also makes the weld brittle and the rigidity decreases.2.5 inch galvanized pipe

What problems should we pay attention to when welding galvanized pipes

Second, the welding characteristics of galvanized steel

Galvanized steel is generally coated with a layer of zinc outside the low carbon steel, and the galvanized layer is generally 20 um thick. Zinc has a melting point of 419 ° C and a boiling point of about 908 ° C. In welding, zinc melts into a liquid that floats on the surface of the bath or at the root of the weld. Zinc has a large solid solubility in iron, zinc liquid will deeply etch the weld metal along the grain boundary, and low melting point zinc forms “liquid metal embrittlement”. At the same time, zinc and iron can form intermetallic brittle compounds. These brittle phases reduce the plasticity of the weld metal and cause cracks under tensile stress.

If weld fillet welds, especially fillet welds of T-joints, are most susceptible to penetration cracks. When the galvanized steel is welded, the zinc layer on the surface and the edge of the groove is oxidized, melted and evaporated under the action of arc heat to volatilize white soot and steam, which easily causes weld pores. ZnO formed by oxidation has a high melting point of about 1800 ° C or higher. If the parameters are too small during the soldering process, ZnO slag will be caused. Since Zn becomes a deoxidizer. The FeO-MnO or FeO-MnO-SiO2 low melting point oxide slag is produced. Secondly, due to the evaporation of zinc, a large amount of white soot is volatilized, which has irritating and harmful effects on the human body. Therefore, the galvanized layer at the weld must be polished and disposed of.

Third, welding process control

The pre-weld preparation of galvanized steel is the same as that of ordinary low-carbon steel. It is necessary to pay attention to the groove size and the nearby galvanized layer. For the penetration, the groove size should be appropriate, generally 60~65°, to leave a certain gap, generally 1.5~2.5mm; in order to reduce the penetration of zinc into the weld, the galvanization in the groove can be done before welding. After the layer is removed, it is soldered again.

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