At Wasatch Steel, some of our most popular purchases are steel welding products. We offer tools and products for all varieties of welding formats, plus the expertise and know-how to help you get started on your latest welding project.
One of these formats that’s commonly used in the welding world is arc welding. What is arc welding, and what are some of its advantages and disadvantages? Let’s have a look.
Arc welding is the process of joining metal – steel in this case – using electricity. Rather than most other formats, which generally use gas, this process uses electricity to create enough heat to melt the metal and fuse it together during cooling.
Arc welding can use either direct or alternating currents, and uses consumable or non-consumable electrodes coated in flux. The temperatures in arc welding get up as high as 6,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of the most common uses for arc welding include steel erection, heavy equipment repair, pipeline welding and many major construction projects.
There are a number of advantages to using arc welding compared with many other formats:
There are a few reasons why some people look to other options beyond arc welding for certain kinds of projects. These downsides can include:
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