Welding electrodes – Understanding the SMAW electrode symbols

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) electrodes are designated by “E” followed by four (or five) digits for example: E7018, E6013 or E10018. I will explain the meaning of these symbols: IF THE ELECTRODE HAS “E” FOLLOWED BY FOUR DIGITS (FOR EX. E7018) E – Stands for electrode XX – First two digits designates the minimum tensile strength in Ksi (XX * 1000 Psi) X – Second last digit designates position….

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