15 FACTS ABOUT WELDING
Updated: May 27
Welding is the process of attaching different sections of metal together by using incredibly high temperature to melt the parent material, which when cool, solidifies to create a solid bond. It is reliable and robust; therefore, it is commonly used in the steel construction industry.
Welding is an integral part of the construction process, and without it, many structures would be rendered useless. So, in this blog, we take a look at some interesting facts about welding and the role it plays in society:
WELDING IS OVER 2,000 YEARS OLD
Welding dates to the bronze age! Small gold boxes that featured lap joints that were pressure welded have been found that can be dated back to over 2,000 years ago!
WELDING WAS USED BY THE EGYPTIANS
The concept of welding has been around for centuries, and the notion of welding is present in the tombs built by the Egyptians.
WELDING IS VITAL FOR OFFSHORE EXTRACTION
With oil rigs and pipelines found in various parts of the ocean, welding plays an integral role in the maintenance of the structure and equipment used for offshore extraction. Each component is regularly monitored and repaired by specialist welders, to limit the effects of spillages and damage to the environment.
Welding as we know it today appeared shortly after the 19th century.
THE WORLD’S FIRST ROBOT WAS A WELDER
The world’s first robot was made to spot weld. The American car company, General Motors, installed the Unimate in 1961, and in basic terms, it was a large motorised arm. The robot weighed a remarkable two tonnes and performed step-by-step commands, all of which were stored on a large magnetic drum.
WELDING IS USED IN MEDICINE
The welding industry is vital to advances in medicine. While doctors and scientists will be at the forefront of the field, they wouldn’t be able to perform their job without dedicated welders who manufacture and engineer the medical devices they rely on.
EXTREME BURNING TEMPERATURE
The highest burning temperature in welding is an incredible 5,000 degrees Celsius.
When two pieces of metal touch in space, they instantly become welded together; this is known as cold welding. It refers to the process of the metallic bonds that hold the atoms together, bridging the gap to create one piece of metal. Unfortunately, this procedure is unable to be completed on earth because there is a layer of oxidisation between the metals.
WELDING IS REQUIRED IN MANY INDUSTRIES
Over 50% of all humanmade products require welding to some degree. Key transport links, towering skyscrapers and gadgets and gizmos all require a spot of welding before they become functional items.
118 DAY OF WELDING TO MAKE A CAR FOR NASCAR ROADWORTHY
Before a car can be considered roadworthy at a NASCAR event, it needs over 950 hours of fabrication and welding! That totals to nearly 40 days of straight work, or if you were working 9-5 hours, 118 days. Every single part is hand-cut, machined and welded together.
DRY WELDING UNDERWATER
In order to complete a dry weld underwater, the area must be completely sealed off by a dry chamber while the weld is completed.
THE FASTED SHIP BUILD WAS ACHIEVED BECAUSE OF WELDING
During World War II, it was down to the rapid developments in welding that allowed ships to be built as quickly as possible. In 1942, the SS Robert E Peary was constructed and took just four days, 15 hours and 27 minutes to build; a record in shipbuilding that remains standing today.
DEEPEST DRY AND WET WELDS
There are a variety of wet and dry welding methods that can be performed under the water. The current record for the deepest dry weld was set in 1990 at 1,075 ft deep! The record for a wet weld was set in 2005 by the U.S. Navy and is nearly twice as deep, coming in at 2,000 ft.
WHAT IS FUME PLUME?
The term “fume plume” refers to the smoke, or fume that rises after materials have been welded together.
IRON IS PART OF THE EARTH’S CORE
The most common metal on earth is aluminium, although if you were to include the entire planet, iron would come out on top as it takes up a significant share of the earth’s core.
We hope you have found these facts both interesting and informative. If you require welding and steel fabrication in the south-west, here at ANY Weld, we specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of structural and architectural steel and glass products.
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