Hi I am currently in a welding school. I have my all Position CWB STick and flux core flat ticket and am going to test for my MIG Flat position in 2 weeks.
thing is that my instructors say that there is a 85% fail rate for this process. They teach the push teqhnique in school, but i have read that there is better penetration when u pull. Only downfall that i can see is you cant see joint as good as cup is in way. I am thinking about doing the pull but they insist that push is the way to go. I heard the CWB inspector suggest that they try the pull as well so I am kinda torn between what to do on my test.
Has anyone here done a CWB or AWA flat GMAW bend test and if so what method did you use.
Thx for ur time and any answers
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Thread: Help With CWB Bend test GMAW
07-28-2007, 08:32 PM #1Junior Member
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Help With CWB Bend test GMAW
07-29-2007, 07:40 AM #2
I'm CWB cert. 2G unlimited thickness (horizonal groove weld) I pushed -use almost no lead angle vertually 90 degree perpendicular. The thing that had me sweating was that the Inspector told me to weld 1 -1/5 mm then stop and restart this was at the 1st bead of the root then on the 2nd (while I was in process of welding the
inspector told me to stop and restart 1 -1/2 mm from the end. the remainder of the fill and Cap passes were continuous. the watching them prepare the bend specimens I notice the 2 bends were cut at the location that the stops and restarts. I was sweating but it passed . Other than the specified dimensions on the root pass stop and start location the CWB welder qualification test was the same as all the AWS, API, and AMSE test that I taken extept that the filler metal listed was different I welded with ER70S-6 but the Cert. card I got said ER480S-X.
If you can weld don't sweat it, man just do as your Inspector asks. Good luckMartin
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07-29-2007, 09:34 AM #3
90 Deg to the work piece or very slight pull about 10 Deg.
Stick out 3/8".You already know why the stop and starts.
Are you testing on 1/4" or 3/8" ?
With 1/4" you wil be in short circut if 3/8"you might be in spray.
with your CWB you have two plates 3/8" or 1/4" one has a 37 DEG bevel and the other is flat with a half inch gap between them right.
Then there is a 3/8 backing strip that must be gouged off after your done welding right.
What I don't get is where does the root come into play here.
I'm not trying to be a smart azz;! I finished school in sept 06 and maybe they have changed things since I have been gone thats all.
Your first pass I would call that your first fillet pass.If your doing roots and calling that your first pass then this is a different cat all together.Then you must be 90Deg to the work piece or 10 Deg pushing.This is short circut;After the root then you can turn up the heat and finish the piece.
07-29-2007, 10:26 AM #4Junior Member
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I see why they teach to push as u get flatter nicer looking beads and u can see better but im not interseted in looks for this test i want best penetration so it doesnt fail when they bend it.
Also we do 45 degree on first pass on 90 degree side of plate with 10-15 degree travel angle push although i think im going to pull it instead for this pass. Has anyone done this test like this??
Thx for all your answers i apreciate your help.
07-29-2007, 04:19 PM #5
Hello all im new here but i think i can help. I just did my CWB S ticket for GMAW back in march and from what i can remember my main problems was getting root penetration. We were using .035 solid wire on 3/8 plate with a 1/4" backing plate. One had a 90deg. face and the other a 37 deg bevel. So for my flat to get good penetration i remember running my machine at about 29 volts and 500 wire speed to get a spray transfer. i also pulled the root passes to get good penetration, and then for the final cap passes i pushed to get a nice flat bead, because our instructor told us that if the welds were kinda hokey lookin the inspector could fail us on apperance even before the bend. And when it comes to your stop and starts once you hit the mark where your supposed to stop, let ur finger off that trigger cause if you let the end of the weld build up when you restart your gonna have cold lap and then it will for sure crack.
I hope this was helpful
07-29-2007, 07:03 PM #6
With the first pic this is what you are doing then right?This is called a BUTT joint CWB test no roots. I just through this together but the backing plate should be 3/8" not 1/4" okay.anyway the second pic is a CWB fillet on 3/8 plate MUST be no smaller than 1/4' on this one I did about 5 to 10 Deg pull.
Now flare bevels is done differently what you are looking for is at least 1/2" buildup.I will take pics tomorrow of a flare bevel CWB test and post for ya its better if we are on the same page when we talk okay.but its basicly a 2x2x1/4 square tubing sitting on top of a 3/8" piece of Flat bar and you have to weld the flare bevel.right?
07-31-2007, 04:16 AM #7Junior Member
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Thx again for help, that first pic is just same as Flat CWB GMAW test. Not sure if it is officially called a flare bevel but thats what i call iit. Half inch gap inbetween 3/8 metal. Roots are what i call first passes on plate, on 90 degree and on bevel. Seems u do the pull as well on first pass which is what i was looking for. Think this is what i am going to do on my test as i believe this is best penetration. Thx again for any help with this as i really want to pass this test first time as i wont be able to test again for a long time.
07-31-2007, 07:08 PM #8
With these pics this is a CWB Flare bevel Fillet Weld test.1 pass only.
What the inspector does is he cuts 2" off each end then does an etch test only.No bending on this test.Is this what you have to do?
08-01-2007, 07:17 PM #9Junior Member
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Hi, I wish that was the test im doing. However this is the plate I have to fill here http://www.millerwelds.com/education...4&d=1185756289
Two root passes (90 Degree on flare and weave on bevel, then 6 more passes and 4 passes for cap.
08-01-2007, 09:19 PM #10
Well then your right you want to drag the first pass about 5 to 10 Deg no more than that though.Good luck its all up to what you have been taught.I have learned that what you get taught in school and what you have learned in the real world you take all this information in and you develope your own style which everyone has.