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Demands that welding consumables must meet

Viktoria Steininger
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The requirements that welding consumables must fulfill are growing constantly – offshore production of petroleum and natural gas is just one example.

voestalpine welding consumablesWelding consumables are used to join individual elements or materials. In arc welding, the base material is melted and the resulting seam between the workpieces must be refilled with additional material – the welding consumable. The welding consumable is fed either as rod electrode, or solid or cored wire. The welding consumable must meanwhile not only have the same melting point as the material being welded but also must be optimally suited for it. This requires in-depth expertise in metallurgy and welding.

Increasing demands

Regardless of the sector – from pipelines, offshore platforms, power plant and apparatus engineering, tank construction, steel construction, or the automotive and commercial vehicle industry – all of them have one thing in common: the demands placed on the materials used – and therefore on the welding consumables as well – are high and steadily increasing. One good example of this is in offshore production of petroleum and natural gas. The future belongs to this type of exploration, since the conventional and easily reached deposits will be depleted in the foreseeable future.

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Offshore production

Offshore facilities on the open sea – the platforms, drilling rigs and underwater pipeline systems – are exposed to wider temperature ranges, higher pressures and more corrosive environments than their counterparts on land. At sea, ultra-high-strength, low-temperature steels are increasingly being used. Special welding consumables are required to connect these steels, since the welded seams must hold up permanently despite the maximum loads and extreme conditions on and under the water. voestalpine Böhler Welding Group has the experience and innovative capabilities needed to develop welding consumables that optimally fulfill these increasing requirements. This is also why the best and most experienced welding engineers worldwide rely on welding consumables from voestalpine Böhler Welding Group.

The latest video from the voestalpine image and brand campaign describes the product welding consumables, produced in Italy and shown in the video being sold in Asia and Singapore, the world’s second-most important center for oil and gas after Houston, Texas, in the United States. This spot focuses on welding consumables and therefore makes an important contribution to the energy segment.


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Viktoria Steininger