Friday, 13 September 2019

Cold Pressure Welding

Image result for Cold Pressure WeldingCold pressure welding is the establishment of an atom-to-atom bond between the two pieces to be joined through intimate contact between oxide-free areas achieved under pressure and without the formation of a liquid phase. So as to develop this bond, surface films have to be removed or at least reduced in amount. Surface films fall into two categories: - Oxide film: All metals except gold possess an oxide film at room temperature. In most metals, the oxide film reaches a limiting thickness in the range 20-100 angstroms at room temperature. - Contaminant film: This film consists of a thin layer of moisture and greases. The best technique, which has proved to be successful in reducing these films, is a combination of chemical and mechanical cleaning. Then, the welding method contains two stages. The process of welding consists of the formation of overlapped oxide-free metallic areas; this is controlled by:
(a) the difference on a micro-scale of the local plastic strain occurring on matching opposite faces of the weld interface
(b) relative hardness of the metal and its oxide film, and
(c) mechanical properties of the oxide.
The second stage involves: 
(a) plastic flow of the metal to the over-lapped areas; the stress at which this can take place is influenced by the stacking fault energy of the metal
(b) some relative shear displacement at the points where metal cleaned of oxide comes into contact; this is influenced by surface roughness Cold pressure welding is used for joining of aluminium cables, various kitchen furniture, electrolysis cells, communication lines, for joining wires and rods, production of heat exchangers at coolers and application of joining different materials nowadays. Various researchers carried some of the studies about cold pressure welding out: gave knowledge about investigations on pressure welding and cold pressure welding. [3] Investigated the mechanism of solid-state pressure welding. Examined the bonding mechanism of cold pressure welding. [5] Investigated cold pressure welding of aluminium and copper by butt upsetting. [6] Investigated effects on welding strength of process parameters in cold pressure welding of aluminium. [7] Obtained the surface roughness depending on welding strength in cold pressure welding of aluminium. [8] Directed the process parameters optimization for obtaining high weld strength in cold solid-state joining of sintered steel and copper powder metallurgical performs. The knowledge about the cold pressure welding method and the developments in its applications were given in this study. Then, as for example, cold pressure welding was applied on commercial purity aluminium alloy sheets as lap welding. 150 metric ton hydraulic press was used for the welding process. Before welding, the wire-brushing process was applied for preparing aluminium sheets, which are test parts, the roughness was determined with surface roughness equipment and afterwards, deformation was applied at different deformation ratios. Then, the microstructure of the welded parts at a given welding deformation was examined, and it was researched that whether joints were properly obtained or not. Then, the results were commented.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

What is RT?

RT is a volumetric examination method used for examining the entire specimen rather than just the surface. It is the historical approach to examine completed welds for surface and subsurface discontinuities. The method uses the change in absorption of radiation by solid metal and areas of a discontinuity. The radiation transmitted reacts with the film, a latent image is captured, and when the film is processed (developed) creates a permanent image (radiograph) of the weld. Some methods are available which use electronics to create a digital image and are referred to as “filmless.” Due to the hazard of radiation, and the licensing requirements, the cost can be higher and the trained and certified personnel more limited, than with other NDE methods. An NDT examiner interprets and evaluates the radiographs for differences in absorption and transmission results. Radiographic indications show a different density in comparison with the normal background image of the weld or part being inspected. The radiographer also makes sure that the film is exposed by the primary source of the radiation and not backscatter radiation. The NDT examiner that performs the film interpretation, evaluation and reporting should be certified as a minimum to ASNT Level II requirements. However, all personnel performing radiography are required to attend radiation safety training and comply with the applicable regulatory requirements. There are very specific requirements about the quality of the produced radiograph, including the sharpness of the image, the ability to prove adequate film density in the area of interest and sensitivity to the size and type of expected flaws. The requirements include:
  • Method to determine if backscatter is present.
  • Permanent identification, traceable to the component.
  • Film selection under SE-1815.
  • Different designations for hole or wire-type image quality indicators (penetrameters).
  • Suggested radiographic techniques.
  • Facilities for viewing radiographs.

Calibration (certification of source size). The exposure and processing of a radiograph are considered acceptable when it meets the required quality features in terms of sensitivity and density. These factors are designed to ensure that imperfections of a dimension relative to section thickness will be revealed. Standards for industrial radiography require the use of one or more image quality indicators (IQIs) to determine the required sensitivity is achieved. The IQI that was previously known as penetrameter is no longer being used in most codes. To assess sensitivity the required hole or wire as specified by the governing code must be visible on the finished radiograph. Mistakes with IQIs (penetrameters) can have a much greater impact on thinner wall pipe where large root pass imperfections can significantly reduce the strength and integrity of a weld. IQIs (penetrameters) are tools used in industrial radiography to establish the quality level of the radiographic technique

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Drilling a well modifies the mechanical and hydraulic equilibrium of the rocks around the borehole. Periodically this equilibrium has to be restored, by inserting a good casing. The casing is a steel tube that starts from the surface and goes down to the bottom of the hole and is rigidly connected to the rocky formation using cement slurry, which also guarantees hydraulic insulation. The casing transforms the well into a stable, permanent structure able to contain the tools for producing fluids from underground reservoirs. It supports the walls of the hole and prevents the migration of fluids from layers at high pressure to ones at low pressure. Furthermore, the casing enables circulation losses to be eliminated, protects the hole against damage caused by impacts and friction of the drill string, acts as an anchorage for the safety equipment and, in the case of a production well, also for the Christmas tree. At the end of drilling operations, a well consists of a series of concentric pipes of decreasing diameter, each of which reaches a greater depth than the preceding one. The casing is a seamless steel tube with male threading at both ends, joined by threaded sleeve joints. The dimensions of the tubes, types of thread and joints are standardized (API standards). There are also Special direct-coupling casings, without a sleeve joint.
The functions and names of the various casings vary according to the depth. Starting from the uppermost and largest casing first comes the conductor pipe, then the surface casing and the intermediate casing, and finally the production casing. The first casing is called the conductor pipe and is driven by percussion to a depth normally of 30 to 50 m. It permits the circulation of the mud during the first drilling phase, protecting the surface unconsolidated formations against erosion due to the mud circulation, which could compromise the stability of the rig foundations. The conductor pipe is not inserted in a drilled hole and is not usually cemented, and therefore it is not considered a casing in the true sense of the word. The first casing column is next and protects the hole drilled inside the conductor pipe. It is also called the surface casing and its functions are to protect the freshwater aquifers against potential pollution by the mud, to provide anchorage for the subsequent casing, and to support the wellhead. To increase its stiffness and make it capable of bearing the compressive loads resulting from the positioning of the subsequent casings, the surface casing is cemented up to the surface. Its length depends on the depth of the aquifers and on the calculated well-head pressure following the entry of fluids from the bottom hole into the casing.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Wear Factors

The wearing of metal parts is the gradual decay or breakdown of the metal. When a part becomes so deformed that it cannot perform adequately, it must be replaced or rebuilt. Though the end results of wear are similar, the causes of wear are different. It is essential to understand the wear factors involved before making a hard surfacing product selection. It is actually easy to select a surfacing alloy if all metal components are subjected to only one type of wear. However, a metal part is usually worn by combinations of two or more types of wear. This makes an alloy selection considerably more complicated. A hard surfacing alloy can thus be a compromise between each wear factor. The initial focus should centre on the primary wear factor and then the secondary wear factor(s) should be examined. For example: upon examining a worn metal part, it is determined the primary wear factor is abrasion and the secondary wear factor is a light impact. The surfacing alloy chosen should not only have a good abrasion resistance but also a fair amount of impact resistance. There are five major types of wear Abrasive (3 categories)
High temperature
Abrasive wear - Abrasive wear is caused due to the foreign materials rubbing against a metal part. 50 - 60% of all wear on industrial metal components is due to this. Abrasive wear is this a wear problem. It can be categorized into three:
a. Low-stress scratching abrasion – This is the least severe type of abrasion where metal parts are worn away through the repeated scouring action of hard, sharp particles moving across a metal surface at varying velocities. The velocity, hardness, edge sharpness, angle of introduction and size of the abrasive particles all combine to affect the amount of abrasion.
b. High-stress grinding abrasion – this is more severe than simple scratching that results when small hard abrasive particles are forced against a metal surface with enough force that the particle is crushed, in a grinding mode. Most often the compressive force is supplied by two metal components with the abrasive sandwiched between the two - sometimes referred to as three-body abrasion. The surface becomes scored and surface cracking can occur.

Saturday, 3 August 2019


The variety of valves available for use in piping systems is extensive. This is due to the range of functions that valves perform, the diversity of fluids carried, and the varying conditions under which valves must perform these tasks. Valves can be examined under the following headings:
● Basic parts
● Functions performed by valves
● Valve types
● Installation of valves
● Specification of valves.
The main structure of the valve is the body, which contains – or to which is attached – the other parts of the valve. The main structure must possess sufficient mechanical strength and sufficient resistance to corrosion, erosion and high temperature to meet service conditions. The material from which the valve body is made is important and common materials in use include carbon steel, low-alloy steel, bronze, brass, stainless steel. The operator is the method of actuating the valve. Valves may be operated manually: by the use of handwheels, levers and chains, by geared handwheels on larger valves or by powered operation employing electric, pneumatic or hydraulic actuators. Powered actuators are normally used when:
● Rapid opening or closing is required
● The valve is operated very frequently
● Access to the valve is difficult
● The operation of the valve requires great effort
● Valve operation presents a safety hazard.
Functions performed by valves
Valves perform the following basic functions.
● They shut off the supply in a pipeline or they enable a piece of the pipeline to be isolated so that repairs to piping or equipment can be carried out faulty or damaged items can be replaced, etc. This is shut-off or stops valve.
● The throttle, regulate or restrict the flow passing along a pipeline by partially closing the area of flow through the valve.
● They redirect the flow at a branch line by changing the path along which the flow occurs.
● They protect a system against excessive pressure or sudden increases in pressure. These are safety valves or relief valves. When the pressure in a line reaches a pre-set high pressure, the valve opens and allows the pressure to escape either to the atmosphere or to another part of the system. Safety valves are
the ones that are usually used for steam, air or other gases. Relief valves are usually used for liquids.

● They enable one part of a continuous system of piping to operate at a different pressure from another part. These are pressure-reducing valves (also known as pressure regulators) and are often used in air piping to reduce the compressor or mainline pressure down to a low value for operation of low- pressure equipment.

● They prevent flow in one direction along a pipe or they allow flow in one direction only. This valve is referred to as a non-return, or check or reflux valve.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Weld Cladding

Weld cladding techniques were first developed at Strachan & Henshaw, Bristol, United Kingdom, for use on defence equipment, especially, for various parts of submarines. Through weld cladding, the composite structure is developed by the fusion welding process. All metals used as fillers may be used for weld cladding. Materials such as nickel and cobalt alloys, copper alloys, manganese alloys, alloy steels, and few composites are commonly used for weld cladding. Weld clad materials are widely used in various industries such as chemical, fertilizer, nuclear and steam power plants, food processing and petrochemical industries. Various industrial components whose base metals are weld-clad are steel pressure vessels, paper digesters, urea reactors, tube sheets and nuclear reactor containment vessels. Cladding using gas tungsten arc welding is widely used in aircraft engine components to maintain high quality. Weld cladding can be done by using various processes such as Submerged arc welding (SAW), Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), Submerged arc strip cladding (SASC), Electro slag strip cladding (ESSC), Plasma arc welding (PAW), Explosive welding, etc. GTAW and PAW are widely used for the cladding operations, and they produce superior quality cladding because they generate high stable arc and spatter free metal transfer. Welding variables and inert gas shielding can be precisely controlled in both GTAW and PAW. Though GTAW and PAW cladding can produce excellent overlay with a variety of alloy materials, deposition rate is low compared to other processes which limit its application in industries. Submerged arc strip cladding (SASC) and Electro slag strip cladding (ESSC) is extensively used for cladding large surfaces of the heavy–wall pressure vessels. Three most important characteristics of SASC and ESSC are high deposition rate, low dilution and high deposition quality. Deposition rate in ESSC is much more than in SASC because of the absence of arc, whereas, dilution in ESSC is less compared to SASC because of the same reason. Weld cladding is widely done using flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) process due to various advantages. With properly established process parameters automation and robotization can be done easily in FCAW. Wear, corrosion and heat resistance of material surface is enhanced by plasma transferred arc (PTA) surfacing. PTA process is also considered as an advanced GTAW process used largely for overlay applications. Various advantages of PTA surfacing are very high deposition quality, high-energy concentration, narrow heat-affected zone, less weld distortion, etc. On the other side, demerits of PTA surfacing are low deposition rates, overspray, and very high equipment costs Cladding with the use of submerged arc welding (SAW) is applied for large areas, and its fusion efficiency is quite high. SAW can be easily automated and employed especially for heavy section work.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Piping Fundamentals

The piping system includes pipe, fittings, valves, and speciality components. All piping systems are
engineered to transport fluid or gas safely and reliably from one piece of equipment to another. Piping can be divided as • Small bore lines • Large bore lines As a general practice, those pipelines with nominal diameters 2” (50mm) are characterised as a small bore and preceding that as a large bore. Pipe sizes are on the basis of Diameter and Thickness. In some places, pipe size is designated by two non-dimensional numbers: Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) and schedule (SCH). Some major relationships:

Nominal pipe size (NPS) is to describe a pipe by name only. Nominal pipe size (NPS) is generally related to the inside diameter (ID) for sizes 1/8” to 12”. For pipe sizes of 14” and beyond, the NPS is equal to the outside diameter (OD) in inches. Outside diameter (OD) and inside diameter (ID), as their names imply, refer to the pipe by their actual outside and inside measurements. The Outside diameter (OD) is the same for a given size irrespective of pipe thickness.

The schedule belongs to the pipe wall thickness. As the number increases, the wall thickness
increases and the inside diameter (ID) is reduced.

Nominal Bore (NB) with schedule (wall thickness) is used in British standards classification.
The main purpose of piping design is to configure and lay equipment, piping and other accessories
meeting relevant standards and statutory regulations. The piping design and engineering involve the following six (6) steps:

Selection of pipe materials according to the characteristics of the fluid and operating conditions including maximum pressures and temperatures.

• Finding economical pipe diameter and wall thickness.

• Selection of joints, fittings and components such as flanges, branch connections, extruded tees, nozzle branches etc.

• Developing piping layout and isometrics.

• Performing stress analysis as per the potential upset conditions and an allowance for those upset
conditions in the design of piping systems.

• Estimating material take-off (MTO) leading to material requisition.

The Pipe Material Specification (PMS) is the major document for piping engineers. This document
describes the physical characteristics and specific material attributes of pipe, fittings and manual valves necessary for the needs of both design and procurement. These documents are contractual to the project and those contractors that work under them. A piping specification must contain those components and information that would typically be used from job to job. The following items below provide the primary component report and notes required for a typical piping system. − Pressure/Temperature limit of the Limiting factor for Pressure/Temperature − Pipe material − Fitting type, rating and material − The flange type, rating and material − Gasket type, rating and material − Bolt & nut type and material Manual valves grouped by type − Notes − Branch chart matrix with corrosion adjustment 1.14. DESIGN FACTORS The design factors that affect piping engineering include:

Fluid Service Categories (Type)

Flow rate

Corrosion rate

Operating Pressure and Temperature All this information is available in the Process Flow Diagrams (PFD’s), Piping and Instrumentation Drawings (P&ID’s) and Piping Material Specification (PMS).