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Doc. 35. Hygienic Welding of Stainless Steel Tubing in the Food Processing Industry - english version | EN-English
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Abundantly illustrated, this paper provides guidelines for the correct execution of on-axis hygienic (sanitary) welding between pipe segments, or between a tube and a control component (e.g. valve, flow meter, instrument tee, etc.) It deals with tube and pipe systems with less than 3.5 mm wall thickness, built in AISI 304(L) (1.4301, 1.4306 or 1.4307), 316(L) (1.4401, 1.4404 or 1.4435), 316Ti (1.4571) or 904L (1.4539) and their equivalents. The requirements for a weld destined for hygienic uses are first described, then the possible defects which can affect the weld are listed, and at the end the procedure for a state-of-the-art welding execution is illustrated, including preparation of pipe ends, final inspection and a trouble shooting guide. It mainly refers to the part of the weld in contact with the finished or intermediate product and the only welding method considered is the GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, commonly known as TIG) without filler material (autogenous weld), since this technique is capable of assuring the best performance in the execution of welds for the fabrication of thin wall stainless steel tubing. Inspection of welds will be covered in more detail in the next project.
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