Thickness range for welder qualification and procedure qualification (ASME Section IX)

Thickness range for performance qualification (welder qualification test): ASME BPVC section IX has provided guidelines for the thickness range up to which a welder can weld. This can be found in Table – QW 452.1(b) of ASME BPVC Section IX (2017 edition). A simplified version of that table is given below; According to this table three important points can be drawn: The maximum thickness which a welder can weld is….

P Number, F Number and A Number in welding (ASME Section IX)

ASME Boiler and pressure vessel code (BPVC) has assigned certain numbers to base metals as well as to filler metals (electrodes). For base metals, ASME has assigned two number system, these are; P Numbers Group Numbers For filler metals, the number system which are assigned, are as follows; F Number A Number These numbers can be found in ASME BPVC Section IX (2017 edition), please see table – 1 for….

Preheating – How, When and Why

Heating the base metal to a specific desired temperature before welding is called as preheating. The temperature at which the base metal is heated is called as the preheat temperature. Preheat temperature can be determined by the applicable code. Please see table 1 to know how to find the preheat temperature in the respective code: In absence of code, the following factors shall be considered for determining the preheat temperature;….

Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)

A welding procedure specification (WPS) is a written document providing direction to the welder (or welding operator). It contains all the necessary parameters viz. joints, base metals, filler metals, positions, preheat, PWHT, gas etc. (including ranges, if any) under which the welding process must be performed. These parameters are known as variables (as per ASME Section IX). Three types of variables are mentioned in the code, these are; Essential Variable….

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