You can go smaller than the AISC minimum, if you're using preheat or
low-hydrogen electrodes. See AWS D1.1, Table 5.8. The table is similar to
AISC's provisions, but considers the benefits of low-hydrogen practice
and/or preheat in minimizing the risk of HAZ cracking from the rapid cooling
on thicker sections.
From: Bill Allen [mailto:Bill(--nospam--at)AllenDesigns.com]
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2000 11:05 AM
Subject: RE: Welding Tubes
AISC (ASD, sorry) p. 5-67, paragraph b. Limitations:
"...except that the weld size need not exceed the thickness of the thinner
part." Sooo...to weld a tube with a 1/4" wall to a 1" base plate, you CAN
use a 1/4" F.W.
BTW, you CAN weld 1/16" and even 1/32".
Bill Allen, S.E.
Laguna Niguel, CA
||From: Fountain Conner [mailto:fconner(--nospam--at)pcola.gulf.net]
||Sent: Friday, February 11, 2000 7:35 AM
||Subject: Re: Welding Tubes
||Along this same line, how do you deal with *minimum welds*?
||Yesterday I was faced with welding a 1/4" tube (12"x24"
||to a 1" baseplate. AISC *minimum weld* is 5/16" (thicker
||than the tube).
||Structurally, 1/16" weld would be enough (if you could make one).
||To get proper weld penetration into the base plate, you'll burn up the
||Fortunately, this is not a "production" situation (only two
||for geometry, not strength). The shop will preheat the base
||plates so we
||can make a decent weld.
||'Any other ideas?
||Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
||Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561