Throughout your project, you are required to do different types of welds on the metals according to their shape and size. Today we are going to discuss one type of weld that is flare bevel weld.
Sometimes, you can choose which weld you want to do on the metal but sometimes you don’t have any option to choose. Because in such cases, the metal you are working on requires a special type of weld. Here, you have to go with that certain weld because that is the only way to get the desired result.
Flare bevel weld
Welders use different welding positions and weld designs depending upon the nature and type of material they are working with. Because some materials need a specific type of weld to get a smooth and strong weld.
However, if you are not using the weld that is the requirement of the welding process, then it can fail. Flare bevel weld is also a special type of weld which is done for some specific positions. We are going to discuss all the details regarding flare bevel weld in our topic.
What is it exactly?
Just to make it easier for you to understand, we will define the flare bevel weld in the simplest way possible. It is the type of weld which is used to connect a round surface and a planar surface.
For instance, you want to connect a round pipe having some radius with a planar surface like a flat bar. For such cases, then you should use this type of weld to get a nice and clean finishing.
Uses and applications
It has a wide range of use in the welding industry where we need to weld planer surfaces with tubular surfaces. Here is a list of some of its uses:
- First of all, it is used in T-K-Y joints.
- Offshore structures often require such welds.
- In some cases, out-of-position welding is required along with fillets, full penetration welds, or groove welds with partial penetration. Here also, flare bevel welds have a wide range of use.
- In some mechanical parts of the structure, these welds are used as a stop.
- When it comes to welding load-bearing metals, flare bevel welds are highly recommended.
- It can also be found in sheet or automotive applications.
Flare bevel weld vs other types
Now, you cannot use this type of welding joint every time you have to weld. You have to consider all the factors and the materials involved during the whole welding process. That is why it is important to do a comparison of the characteristics of different types of welding joints before you select a particular one.
In the below section, we will focus on comparing different welds with flare bevel welds. This way, you can have a proper idea to choose the right one according to the features you want. We are going to do four comparisons here, which are:
- Flare bevel weld vs bevel weld
- Flare bevel vs fillet
- Flange corner vs Flare bevel
- Flare V-grove weld vs Flare bevel
Flare bevel weld vs bevel weld
Both of these weld types have a lot of similarities in the whole welding process as well as in the finishing result of appearance. As both of them have many similarities, flare bevel weld is often called a subset of bevel weld.
However, there are some slight differences as well. In bevel weld, two straight or flat surfaces are welded together using the fusion method of welding. Whereas in flare bevel weld, we use the fusion technique to join two surfaces from which one is planer and one is curved.
Making a welding map
Moreover, when you are making the weld map, it is very important to draw these two types of welds. It should be drawn in such a way that anyone can see the difference easily and identify them without any problem.
Flare bevel vs fillet
While comparing these two welds, apparently if you look at them, you won’t be able to differentiate between them at once. This is because they look very similar to each other. But in reality, they are very different from each other in their functionality and welding procedures as well.
Differences in both welds
In fillet weld, edge preparation is not required for welding. However, in the case of flare bevel weld, first, we need do to edge preparation. It is done by butting a groove into any one material of the project.
High strength requirements
While fillet weld is used for flat surfaces, flare bevel is used to join curved surfaces with flat ones. It can be used to make high-strength projects. And fillet weld is only done on surfaces that are not supposed to bear heavy loads. Flare bevel weld is costly in terms of time and money because it needs filler material and material preparations. But fillet weld is inexpensive compared to it.
Depth of the groove
In flare bevel weld, the depth of the groove is the most important parameter. The depth of the groove depends on the strength requirements. They both are directly related to each other. If a more strength-bearing ability is required, then the groove should be much deeper.
Besides, in the case of a fillet weld, the length and size of the weld are the most important parameters. Usually, a longer weld is done in making an application having high strength requirements. You can also do multiple passes depending on the size of the weld.
Flange corner vs flare bevel
Both of these welds are used to join curved and flat surfaces together. However, there are a lot of dissimilarities in both of them. Flare bevel is done at the joint which connects the flat and curved surface. However, a flange corner weld is done around the corner where both surfaces are flat.
In case of high strength requirements
Flare bevel can be used for T-joints, butt, or lap joints. Whereas, flange corner welds are done only on the edges or corners or the surfaces. We can use a double groove if we need to weld thick plates in it. But for flange corner weld, only one groove can be done.
Flange corner weld is ideal for applications that require less strength. And flare bevel weld can be used for applications that can bear heavy loads.
Flare V-groove weld vs flare bevel
Flare V-groove weld is a type of groove weld having a lot in common with flare bevel. But both of them can be distinguished easily due to their main difference. Flare V-groove weld is done on two convex surfaces to join them. But in the case of a flare bevel, it is used to join two surfaces out of which one is convex and one is flat.
Now that you have seen all the differences and comparisons between different types of welds with flare bevel weld, make the right choice before welding. Properly observe all the materials you have and what type of joint you need to weld. Keeping in mind everything that we have discussed, you can easily find the weld which looks more suitable for your work. Because in case you choose the wrong weld for a certain joint, then it will create many problems for you.