In honor of National Welding Month, we wanted to share some educational content regarding the connection between welding and water and how it affects our day-to-day lives. It is relatively common knowledge that it takes a multitude of jobs to help keep the water flowing in Arizona.
But what exactly do welders have to do with these water treatment plants?
Quite a bit more than most would think.
Piping for Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems
In modern water treatment and wastewater treatment systems, water pumping units, desalination machines, cooling water systems, and others, piping systems play an important role. Water, wastewater, chemicals and mixtures are transported through the piping systems.
It is recommended to arrange drain connections so that the equipment and connected piping drain to the appropriate drainage system. Valved vents may not be required for high-point vents that only bleed air for system pressure testing. These connections may be plugged and seal-welded after pressure testing.
Standard Welding Methods for Water Piping
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Also known as Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) is a standard industrial welding process utilized for raw materials ranging from 24-gauge to 1/2-inch thick, making it one of the most flexible options. It uses a consumable wire called an electrode continuously fed through a welding gun, subsequently melting, ensuring durable welds on the metal. Shielding gas is also applied to protect the weld from various elements in the atmosphere in which the welds are being completed.
Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTAW)
For projects in which thicker materials must be fused, Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTAW) or Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) is a solid choice that is equally versatile, as it allows unsurpassed control. It is also ideal for producing welds on lightweight materials, such as aluminum. In contrast to GMAW, GTAW uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode, meaning it does not melt into the weld pool. However, a filler may be added to the process, depending on the project.
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Vic’s Welding specializes in aluminum, stainless steel, galvanized steel, structural steel, water piping, and many other welding services for various industries throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Whether completed in the shop or field, all fabrication is guaranteed to comply with your exact specifications and drawings.