When most of us think about welding for metals, we naturally visualize metals being combined through melting via heat or gas. One lesser-known format that’s still often utilized within metal welding, however, is known as friction welding, which uses pressure and velocity instead of melting to join materials.
At Wasatch Steel, we’re proud to offer not only a wide variety of quality steel products, from steel tubing to steel bar, steel sheet and many others, but also expertise on a variety of steel services or processes that might be used on our products and how they will affect them. Our pros will offer several valuable tips when about arc welding, stick welding or even friction welding – this two-part blog series will go over what this is, the types available and why friction welding is often beneficial.
Friction welding is one of a few different solid-state welding processes, and one that can be used both on metals and certain other materials. The term “solid-state” means that no melting is used to join the two metals together during the process.
Friction welding is a versatile method, one that applies to several metal types – even some that other welding formats will not work for. In cases where weld joints are not similar, which often derails other welding needs, friction welding is often a solution due to the lack of fusion required. For this reason, the list of metals where this form of welding is used is extensive:
Generally speaking, there are three types of friction welding available:
For more on friction welding and the benefits it holds, or to learn about any of our steel products or services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.