No. Defects Remedies
1. Contamination of work piece Clean joint area.
2. Excessive moisture pickup in electrode covering Store electrodes properly. Follow manufactures recommended rebaking procedure.
3. Moisture of work surfaces Use preheating / warm up work piece.
4. High Sulphur content of base metal Use basic coated electrode.
5. a) Long arc length
b) Excessive current
c) Higher travel speed
Change welding parameters and technique.
6. High solidification rate Increase heat input.
1. Improper cleaning procedure Clean work surfaces and each weld run thoroughly. Wherever necessary use power wire brush, grinders, chisels to
ensure a through removal of slag.
2. Improper welding technique
a) Excessive weaving
b) High travel speed
c) Slag flooding ahead of welding arc.
Improve welding technique
Reposition work to prevent loss of slag control wherever possible.
Restrict weaving to a minimum.
3. Narrow, inaccessible joints Increase groove angle.
1. Improper joint design Increase included angle of groove joint. Change the groove design to a ‘J’ or a ‘U’ type.
2. Presence of slag or oxide flim Clean weld surfaces prior to welding
3. Incorrect electrode position and operation
Maintain proper electrode position and current
4. Improper manipulation of arc Use correct manipulation techniques to melt the joint faces properly.
1. Improper Joint preparation
a) Excessively thick root face
b) Insufficient root opening
c) Bridging of root opening
Use proper joint geometry.
Reduce root face height.
Use wider root opening.
2. Electrode diameter too large Use smaller electrode in root.
3. Inadequate current Follow correct welding current and technique
1. High rigidity of joint Use preheating
Relieve residual stresses.
Minimize shrinkage stresses, Using back step or block
2. Poor Joint fit up Adjust root opening all alignment
3. Higher carbon content of weld metal and / or
harden able base material/
Use proper electrode
Use buttering layers wherever necessary
4. Too Small a weld bead Decrease travel speed to increase cross section of bead.
5. High Sulphur content in base or Use filler with high level of weld metal sulphur fixing element like Mn.
6. Hot cracking Reduce the heat input.
7. Cracking at the crater Filling up the crator before withdrawing the electrode
Use taper power control device.
Use back step welding technique
8. Higher harden ability Preheat the job.
Post weld heat treatment without cooling to room temperature.
9. Hydrogen induced cracking /Delayed cracking Use low Hydrogen welding electrode
Use suitable preheat and post Weld heat treatment
10. Presence of brittle phases in the Micro
structure of the base Material
Soften the material before welding.
11. Low ductility of the base material Use preheat.
Anneal the base metal
Use ductile weld metal.
12. High residual stresses Redesign the weld metal and reduce restraints
Change welding sequence
Use intermediate stress-relief Heat treatment.
13. Excessive dilution Change welding current.
Use buttering technique wherever possible.
14. Under Cut Reduce Current
Use proper diameter of Electrode
15. Spatter Reduce Current
AWS CLASSIFICATION SFA 5.1 - A FOUR OR A FIVE DIGIT CODING
AWS Classification Type of covering Welding Position Type of current
E 6010 High cellulose sodium F,V,OH,H DC(+)
E 6011 High cellulose potassium F,V,OH,H AC/DC(+)
E 6012 High titania sodium F,V,OH,H AC/DC(-)
E 6013 High titania potassium F,V,OH,H AC/DC
E 6020 High iron oxide F,V,OH,H AC/DC(-)
E 6027 High iron oxide iron powder AC/DC(-)
E 7014 Iron powder, titania AC/DC
E 7015 Low hydrogen Sodium F,V,OH,H DC
E 7016 Low hydrogen potassium F,V,OH,H AC/DC(+)
E 7018 Low hydrogen Potassium F,V,OH,H AC/DC (+)
E 7018 M Low hydrogen iron powder F,V,OH,H DC+
E 7024 Iron powder, titania H-fillets, F AC/DC
E 7027 High iron oxide, iron powder H-fillets,F AC/DC(-)
E 7028 Low hydrogen potassium H-fillets, F AC/DC (+)
E 7048 Low hydrogen potassium F,V,OH,H AC/DC/(+)
Iron powder V-down
Cold or delayed
Underbead and Heat-affected zone
o Misalignment (hi-lo)
o Concavity or Convexity
o Excessive reinforcement
o Improper reinforcement
o Incomplete or Insufficient Penetration
o Incomplete Fusion
o Surface irregularity
o Arc Strikes
o Base Metal Discontinuities
Laminations and Delaminations
Laps and Seams
o Heat-affected zone microstructure alteration
o Base Plate laminations
o Size or dimensions
2. Misalignment (hi-lo)
o Definition: Amount a joint is out of alignment at the root
o Cause: Carelessness. Also due to joining different thicknesses (transition thickness)
o Prevention: Workmanship. Transition angles not to exceed 2.5 to 1.
o Repair: Grinding. Careful on surface finish and direction of grind marks. Inside of Pipe /Tube difficult.
o Definition: A groove cut at the toe of the weld and left unfilled.
o Cause: High amperage, electrode angle, long arc length, rust
o Prevention: Set machine on scrap metal to correct parameters. Clean metal before welding.
o Repair: Weld with smaller electrode, sometimes must be low hydrogen with preheat. Sometimes must gouge first.
o Undercut typically has an allowable limit. Different codes and standards vary greatly in the allowable amount.
o Plate - the lesser of 0.8mm or 5% (norm)
o ESC EN BS288 allows up to 1mm anything deeper than this must be repaired!
6. Under Cut
7. Insufficient Fill or Under fill
o Definition: The weld surface is below the adjacent surfaces of the base metal
o Cause: Improper welding techniques
o Prevention: Apply proper welding techniques for the weld type and position. Use stripper beads before the cover pass.
o Repair: Simply weld to fill. May require preparation by grinding.
8. Under fill
9. Insufficient Fill on the Root Side (suckback)
o Definition: The weld surface is below the adjacent surfaces of the base metal at the weld root.
o Cause: Typically improper joint preparation or excessive weld pool heat.
o Prevention: Correct cause. (see next slide)
o Repair: Backweld to fill. May requireremoval of weld section by grinding for access to the joint root.
10. Cause for Insufficient Fill at the Root Some liquids, like water or molten steel, try to cover as much surface area of whatever they are in contact with as possible.
Welding a root pass too wide can also cause the bead to sag (overhead position).
13. Removing a root pass by grinding 1. Recreate the groove geometry as closely as possible. 2. Use a saw or die grinder and 1/16 - 1/8” cut off wheel to recreate root
opening. Remember repairs are sometimes required to be made with a smaller electrode. 3. Open the groove angle. Be careful to leave the proper root face dimension. 4.
Feather the start and stop to blend smoothly into and out of the existing weld.
15. Excessive Concavity or Convexity
o Definition: Concavity or convexity of a fillet weld which exceeds the specified allowable limits
o Cause: Amperage and travel speed
o Prevention: Observe proper parameters and techniques.
o Repair: Grind off or weld on. Must blend smoothly into the base metal.
17. Root Concavity
o Improper contour
The amount of a groove weld which extends beyond the surface of the plate Face Reinforcement Root Reinforcement
20. Excessive Reinforcement
o Definition: Specifically defined by the standard. Typically, Reinforcement should be flush to 1/16”(pipe) or flush to 1/8” (plate or structural shapes).
o Cause: Travel speed too slow, amperage too low
o Prevention: Set amperage and travel speed on scrap plate.
o Repair: Remove excessive reinforcement and feather the weld toes to a smooth transition to the base plate.
21. Excessive Penetration
o Definition: Specifically defined by the standard. Typically, Underfill may be up to 5% of metal thickness not to exceed 1/32” as long as the thickness is
made up in the opposite reinforcement. Not applied to fillet welds.
o Cause: On root reinforcement - Too little filler metal will cause thinning of the filler metal. In OH position, too hot or too wide will cause drooping of the
open root puddle.
o Prevention: Use proper welding technique. Use backing or consumable inserts. Use back weld or backing.
o Repair: Possibly simply increase the face reinforcement. If backwelding is not possible, must remove and reweld.
o Definition: When the weld exhibits less than a 135 0 transition angle at the weld toe.
o Cause: Poor welding technique
o Prevention: Use proper techniques. A weave or whip motion can often eliminate the problem.
o Repair: The weld face must be feathered into the base plate.
135 0 Improper Weld Contour
o Definition: When the face of the weld extends beyond the toe of the weld
o Cause: Improper welding technique. Typically, electrode angles and travel speed.
o Prevention: Overlap is a contour problem. Proper welding technique will prevent this problem.
o Repair: Overlap must be removed to blend smoothly into the base metal. Be careful of deep grind marks that run transverse to the load. Also be careful of
fusion discontinuities hidden by grinding. Use NDT to be sure.
25. Overlap Overlap is measured with a square edge such as a 6” rule. No amount of overlap is typically allowed.
26. Burn-through (non-standard)
o Definition: When an undesirable open hole has been completely melted through the base metal. The hole may or may not be left open.
o Cause: Excessive heat input.
o Prevention: Reduce heat input by increasing travel speed, use of a heat sink, or by reducing welding parameters.
o Repair: Will be defined by standards. Filling may suffice. Otherwise, removal and rewelding may be required. Some standards may require special filler
metal and/or PWHT.
27. Incomplete or Insufficient Penetration
o Definition: When the weld metal does not extend to the required depth into the joint root
o Cause: Low amperage, low preheat, tight root opening, fast travel speed, short arc length.
o Prevention: Correct the contributing factor(s).
o Repair: Back gouge and back weld or remove and reweld.
29. Incomplete Fusion
o Definition: Where weld metal does not form a cohesive bond with the base metal.
o Cause: Low amperage, steep electrode angles, fast travel speed, short arc gap, lack of preheat, electrode too small, unclean base metal, arc off seam.
o Prevention: Eliminate the potential causes.
o Repair: remove and reweld, being careful to completely remove the defective area. This is sometimes extremely difficult to find.
30. Lack of Side Wall Fusion
31. Arc Strike
o Definition: A localized coalescence outside the weld zone.
o Cause: Carelessness
o Prevention: In difficult areas, adjacent areas can be protected using fire blankets.
o Repair: Where applicable, arc strikes must be sanded smooth and tested for cracks. If found, they must be remove and repaired using a qualified repair
procedure and inspected as any other weld.
32. Arc Strike
33. Weld Spatter Causes Prevention High arc power Reduce arc power Magnetic arc blow Reduce arc length or switch to AC power Incorrect settings for GMAW process
Modify electrical settings (but be careful to maintain full fusion Damp electrodes Use dry electrodes
o Definition: Slag entrapped within the weld
o Cause: Low amperage, improper technique, Trying to weld in an area that is too tight. Slow travel in Vertical Down
o Prevention: Increase amperage or preheat, grind out tight areas to gain access to bottom of joint.
o Repair: Remove by grinding. Reweld.
36. Slag Inclusion
o Definition: Slang term for a groove left at the toe of a root pass which becomes filled with slag and is trapped in the weld.
o Cause: The contour of the root pass is too high, or the weld toe is not bonded to the base metal
o Prevention: Use proper technique to deposit the weld root.
o Repair: Best repaired before applying the hot pass. Carefully grind the root pass face flat. be careful not to gouge other areas on the weldment.
Wagon Tracks (non-standard)
o Definition: A tungsten particle embedded in a weld. (Typically GTAW only)
o Cause: Tungsten electrode too small, amperage too high, AC balance on +, Upslope too high, electrode tip not snipped, electrode dipped into the weld
pool or touched with the fill rod, electrode split.
o Prevention: Eliminate the cause
o Repair: Grind out and reweld
o fix when you see it. otherwise grind out & fix
o Inhibits material flow in piping
o Are inclusions
o Can break off in pipes and damage equipment downline
o Definition: Small particles of weld metal expelled from the welding operation which adhere to the base metal surface.
o Cause: Long arc length, severe electrode angles, high amperages.
o Prevention: Correct the cause. Base metal can be protected with coverings or hi-temp paints.
o Repair: Remove by grinding or sanding. Sometimes must be tested as if it were a weld.
42. Arc Craters
o Definition: A depression left at the termination of the weld where the weld pool is left unfilled.
o Cause: Improper weld termination techniques
o Repair: If no cracks exist, simply fill in the crater. Generally welding from beyond the crater back into the crater.
o Underbead and Heat-affected zone
o Cold or delayed
o Definition: A crack running in the direction of the weld axis. May be found in the weld or base metal.
o Cause: Preheat or fast cooling problem. Also caused by shrinkage stresses in high constraint areas.
o Prevention: Weld toward areas of less constraint. Also preheat to even out the cooling rates.
o Repair: Remove and reweld
o Definition: A crack running into or inside a weld, transverse to the weld axis direction.
o Cause: Weld metal hardness problem
o Prevention: Minimize heat input and monitor interpass temperature max 200 c
o Repair: Dependant on specification and matterial
o Definition: A crack, generally in the shape of an “X” which is found in a crater. Crater cracks are hot cracks.
o Cause: The center of the weld pool becomes solid before the outside of the weld pool, pulling the center apart during cooling
o Prevention: Use crater fill, fill the crater at weld termination and/or preheat to even out the cooling of the puddle
o Definition: A longitudinal crack located in the weld throat area.
o Cause: Transverse Stresses, probably from shrinkage. Indicates inadequate filler metal selection or welding procedure. May be due to crater crack
o Prevention: Correct initial cause. Increasing preheat may prevent it. be sure not to leave a crater. Use a more ductile filler material.
o Repair: Remove and reweld using appropriate procedure. Be sure to correct initial problem first.
o Definition: A crack in the base metal beginning at the toe of the weld
o Cause: Transverse shrinkage stresses. Indicates a HAZ brittleness problem.
o Prevention: Increase preheat if possible, or use a more ductile filler material.
49. Toe Crack
o Definition: A crack in the weld at the weld root.
o Cause: Transverse shrinkage stresses. Same as a throat crack.
o Prevention: Same as a throat crack
51. Root Crack
o Definition: A crack in the unmelted parent metal of the HAZ.
o Cause: Hydrogen embrittlement
o Prevention: Use Lo/Hi electrodes and/or preheat
o Repair: (only found using NDT). Remove and reweld.
o Definition: A crack in the weld that occurs during solidification.
o Cause: Micro stresses from weld metal shrinkage pulling apart weld metal as it cools from liquid to solid temp.
o Prevention: Preheat or use a low tensil filler material.
o Definition: A crack that occurs after the metal has completely solidified
o Cause: Shrinkage, Highly restrained welds, Discontinuities
o Prevention: Preheat, weld toward areas of less constraint, use a more ductile weld metal
o Repair: Remove and reweld, correct problem first, preheat may be necessary.
55. Cold Crack or Weld Metal Hydrogen Crack
56. Repairs to Cracks
o Determine the cause
o Correct the problem
o Take precautions to prevent reoccurrence
o Generally required to repair using a smaller electrode
57. Base Metal Discontinuities
o Lamellar tearing
o Laminations and Delaminations
o Laps and Seams
58. Lamellar Tearing
o Base Metal Discontinuity
o May require repair prior to welding
o Formed during the milling process
60. Lamination effects can be reduced by joint design:
61. Laps and Seams A mill-induced discontinuity in which results from a lump of metal being squeezed over into the surface of the material. If beyond acceptable limits,
must be removed and repaired or discarded.
o Single Pore
o Uniformly Scattered
64. Single Pore
o Separated by at least their own diameter along the axis of the weld
65. Uniformly Scattered Porosity
o Typically judged by diameter and proximity to a start or stop
o often caused by low amperage or short arc gap or an unshielded weld start
66. Cluster Porosity
o Typically viewed as a single large discontinuity
67. Linear Porosity
o being linear greatly affects the severity of this discontinuity
68. Piping Porosity
o Generally has special allowable limits
o preheat will help eliminate
o may need an electrode with more deoxidizers
o Use run-on/run-off taps
o restart on top of previous weld and grind off lump
70. Heat-affected zone microstructure alteration
o add drawing of HAZ of groove weld with leaders to:
precipitate suseptable areas.
71. Size or dimension
o If it renders the part unusable, it is a defect.
o If it is outside the allowable limit, it renders the part unusable.
o Things don’t have to be perfect, just within the acceptable tolerance. Working to perfection is too time consuming and costly
72. Hammer marks
o Stress risers
73. REPAIR TECHNIQUES
o May involve:
74. Only repair defects. Discontinuities are by definition acceptable. Repair is therefore unnecessary and not cost effective.