# How thick are weld beads?

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## How thick is a weld bead?

The maximum bead width should be limited to 3/8 in. (10 mm). As a minimum, one complete circumferential bead should be completed before stopping or interrupting the welding sequence.

## How thick should my weld be?

A basic understanding of related terminology is assumed. To develop the full strength of a plate using fillet welds, it is necessary that the leg size of the fillet be 3/4 of the plate thickness. A fillet weld with this leg size will out-pull its plate under any magnitude and direction of loading.

## What is the minimum weld thickness?

Minimum Fillet Weld Size per AWS D1. 1 Table

Base metal thickness (T) a Minimum size of fillet weld b
in mm in
T < 1/4 T < 6 1/8 c
1/4 < T < 1/2 6 < T < 12 3/16
1/2 < T < 3/4 12 < T < 20 1/4

## What increases the bead width?

A positive electrode polarity, a large electrode diameter, a small electrode extension and a high welding voltage encourages a large bead width in most cases. For a particular electrode diameter and extension, it is found that the bead width initially increases as the current and the welding speed increase.

## How do I calculate what size weld I need?

Calculate the weld size, s, at each node on the intersecting edge of the terminated part:

1. SS or DS groove welds: s = t. w
2. SS or DS 45 ° fillet welds: s = sqrt(2) × t. w
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## What is the strength of weld per mm?

What is the strength of weld per mm length used to connect two plates of 10mm thickness using a lap joint? Strength of weld = te [fu/(√3 x 1.25)] = 410 x 4.2 /(√3 x 1.25) = 795.36 N/mm.

## What is the minimum length of an end return?

Minimum end returns required for terminating fillet welds at ends shall be projected around corners for a minimum length of 2 x Leg length. While using fillet welds for lap joints, the lapping distance should be four times (4t) the thickness of thinner element.

## What is a full strength weld?

In a full penetration weld, the metal pieces are fused using butt weld that fuses completely with the base metal. The strength of the base metal is the same across the joints. This full penetration joint can be in different configurations including the single- and double-vee configurations.

## Why are my welds tall?

Your mig bead being too tall indicates that you have not set enough voltage to enable the arc pool to melt the incoming wire. You can either reduce your wire feed (which will reduce your amp input ) or alternately increase your voltage setting.