In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on what’s known as friction welding. Available for both many metal types and some non-metal materials, friction welding is a welding process that utilizes no melting, but rather a combination of pressure and velocity to create the heat needed to join two materials.
At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to detail which of our steel sheet, plate, bar and other steel products are best for friction welding or other welding processes. How does friction welding compare to another relatively similar process, and why is this process generally chosen (hint: there are several possible reasons)? Let’s discuss these areas in part two of our series.
In some circles, you’ll see friction welding and “inertia welding” used as interchangeable terms. In reality, however, the latter is actually a sub-category of the former.
Remember how in part one, we went over the different types of friction welding? One of those types was rotary friction welding, and inertia welding belongs in this category. It involves one piece of metal being kept in one place while the other is mounted on a spindle, which can rotate quickly and create friction between the two materials. There are some other technical details that differentiate this from other forms of friction welding, such as temperature and maximum revolutions for the spindle. It’s normal to hear these terms used similarly, but you should be sure you’re very specific if you’re actually ordering one of these processes completed for your steel.
Friction welding, as we’ve noted, is versatile and applicable to many metal and non-metal materials. Within the metal world, there are several specific benefits and reasons why it will be chosen above other welding formats in many cases:
For more on the benefits of friction welding for steel and other metals, or to learn about any of our steel products or services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.