Table 7-2. - Electrode Selection Guide
electric-arc welding. The first two digits in the symbol designate the minimum allowable tensile strength in thousands of pounds per square inch of the deposited weld metal. For example, the 60-series electrodes have a minimum tensile strength of 60,000 pounds per square inch, while the 70-series electrodes have a strength of 70,000 pounds per square inch.
The third digit of the symbol indicates the joint position for which the electrode is designed. Two numbers are used for this purpose: 1 and 2. Number 1 designates an electrode that can be used for welding in any position. Number 2 represents an electrode restricted for welding in the horizontal and flat positions only.
The fourth digit of the symbol represents special characteristics of the electrode, such as weld quality, type of current, and amount of penetration. The numbers range from 0 through 8. Since the welding position is dependent on the manufacturer's characteristics of the coating, the third and fourth numbers are often identified together.
Several factors are critical when you choose an electrode for welding. The welding position is particularly significant. Table 7-2 shows the recommendedContinue Reading