Top Four Factors to Consider When Choosing an Aluminium Filler Metal

by Chris Bernard Professional Blogger
For the uninitiated, aluminium needs special care and attention at the time of welding, and it is imperative for one to select an appropriate filler metal to achieve optimal aluminium welding.

From shipbuilding to trailer fabrication and aerospace applications, businesses depend on aluminium for all the strength, versatility, and its corrosion resistance in selective situations. However, aluminium, when you are to weld it, calls for appropriate pre-cleaning approaches, controlled heat input, and the utilization of necessary welding tools.

The most typical aluminium filler metals are 5346 and 4043 alloys, both being available in cut-lengths (popularly known as filler rods) for GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding), and wires for GMAW (gas metal arc welding).

It is pretty much safe to state that 5346 and 4043 filler materials usually suffice in more than eighty-five percent of applications that involve aluminium. They happen to be the most inexpensive among the lot and are widely available in the market for ready purchase. It is suggested that you should always opt for a supplier who has the recognition of the prestigious AWS (American Welding Society).

Here are some of the most significant things worth considering when trying to zeroing in on the most appropriate filler.

•    Cracking susceptibility

Aluminium cracking, more commonly called as hot cracking, typically happens once the aluminium weld starts to solidify, and the chemistry of the solidifying weld is the sole deciding factor in determining the cracking sensitivity. This chemistry is dependent on several things, such as weld dilution, filler material, and the base metal as well.

•    Final weld strength

The substrate, as well as the kind of weld that you are using, can influence the available alternatives of filler substance, and eventually the strength of the weld. In the case of aluminium, the manufacturers are to rarely acquire a weld, which is as robust as the foundation metal is. When you are to use groove welds, the tensile strength that your weld possesses turns out to be extremely critical as the weld in question is typically stressed in tension. In sharp contrast to it, the shear strength of fillet/lap welds happens to be of immense significance as it is generally stressed in shear. To suffice, different filler materials are known to exhibit varying shear and tensile strengths.

•    Maritime service/corrosive environments

For most situations, the foundation material used by the welder does play an instrumental role in corrosion resistivity, and it is recommended that you should go for a filler material accordingly.

•    Deformation under stress

Ductility is rarely a crucial characteristic for a filler material in case of most of the welding applications. Nonetheless, it becomes vital if you are to deform the weldment after welding by bending or rolling.

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