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Medium Carbon Steel Welding Method

Jan 18, 2019

Medium carbon steel is a carbon steel with a carbon content of 0.25-0.6%. Its strength and hardness are higher than that of low-carbon steel, and its plasticity and toughness are lower than that of low-carbon steel. It includes most of the high quality carbon structural steel and some ordinary carbon structural steel. The hot rolled material and the cold drawn material may be directly used without heat treatment, or may be used after heat treatment. The medium carbon steel after quenching and tempering has good comprehensive properties. It is used most widely in various applications at medium strength levels. In addition to building materials, it is also used in a wide variety of mechanical parts. Compared with low carbon steel, medium carbon steel has high carbon content and high strength, but its weldability is poor. The liquid-solid phase of the weld metal is larger, the segregation is more serious, and the tendency of hot cracking is larger; since the medium carbon steel is welded, the hard-hardened microstructure-martensite is produced in the heat-affected zone, with The carbon content increases and the tendency to harden increases. Especially when the material is thick and the rigidity is large, cold cracks are likely to occur in the heat-affected zone; when the carbon content of the weld metal is high, there is also the possibility of cold cracking.

Medium carbon steel is generally poor in weldability and is generally used as a component of a machine. The welding is usually repairable, so the most suitable method for welding medium carbon steel is electrode arc welding. Followed by other welding methods such as two welding. For the selection of welding consumables, it is generally used for low-hydrogen welding rods with strong S-capacitance, low diffusion hydrogen content, and good plasticity and toughness. When the strength of the weld metal and the base material is required, select the corresponding level of low-hydrogen welding rod. When no equal strength is required, a low-hydrogen electrode with a lower strength level than the base metal is selected. If it is welded on the heat-treated part, the low-hydrogen electrode should be selected and corresponding measures should be taken to prevent cracking and softening of the heat-affected zone. When carbon dioxide gas shielded welding is used, steel wires No. 30 and No. 35 are generally selected from H08Mn2SiA, H04Mn2SiTiA and H04MnSiAlA.

When welding medium carbon steel, the welding rod must be dried and kept in advance according to the regulations; the defects to be welded before welding repair should be cleaned, and V-shaped or U-shaped groove should be used according to the actual situation. When welding medium carbon steel, it is necessary to preheat and control the temperature between the weld bead to reduce the cooling rate of the weld metal and the heat affected zone, and improve the plasticity of the street to reduce the residual stress. The preheating temperature depends on the carbon equivalent, base metal thickness, structural stiffness and electrode type. After the medium carbon steel is welded, the stress relief treatment should be carried out immediately. If the heat treatment cannot be performed immediately, it should be carried out at least before cooling to the preheating temperature or the interpass temperature. The specific operation specifications are shown in Fig. 1.

When welding carbon steel, try to use narrow bead, short arc welding; if it is multi-layer welding, several layers of welding should use small diameter welding rod, small current welding to reduce the penetration of wood, but must be penetrated . The middle layer can be welded with higher line energy. The last one or several covers are welded as much as possible on the welded metal of the previous layer to weld the front weld bead and the heat affected zone to reduce the hardness and brittleness and prevent welding. Cracks occur before the post heat treatment.

Medium carbon steel 45 steel is a typical steel grade with a preheating temperature of 150-250 ° C; if the carbon content is too high or the thickness and stiffness are large, the crack tends to be large, and the preheating can be increased to 250-400 ° C. . If the weldment is too large and the overall preheating is difficult, the local preheating temperature can be performed, and the heating range of the local preheating is 150 to 200 mm on both sides of the welded joint. The welding rod is preferably made of a basic electrode; the fracture is opened as a U-shaped groove as much as possible. If it is a casting defect, the shape of the fracture after the excavation is rounded, the purpose of which is to reduce the proportion of the base metal melted into the weld metal. Reduce the carbon content in the weld to prevent cracks. When welding the first layer of weld metal, a small current should be used, and slow welding should be used to reduce the penetration. The stress relief treatment should be carried out immediately after welding, and the temperature of the tempering of the stress relief is 600 to 650 °C.

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