Progress in Welding Technology

Welding technology keeps up with the times. From the blacksmith’s clanging forge to the arc welders of your great-grandmother’s shipyard, metalsmiths upgrade their welding equipment as technology allows. One of the most difficult problems faced by welders everywhere is the trouble of maintenance across weather patterns. Water causes rust, and no matter how stainless the steel, it’s best to avoid. Unless you are a welder in a highly clinical setting like the medical industry, chances are you take pains to keep your weldments dry and hope for the same in the lifecycle of your creations, as best as possible. Obviously, as a repairperson you thrive on cutting away the rust and replacing it with fresh metal: that’s kind of the point. Nonetheless, the less rust, the longer your customers can stay out of your shop, and you can get back to your passion projects like welding the baddest buggies on the road created by welding equipment in Atlanta, GA.


As a welder who works with automotive maintenance, you can recognize the special kinds of wear caused by ice melt and snow salt. While it’s not a problem faced by your welding supplies in GA, your kindred welders across the northern climes have to clean up after wintry fixes all the time. That’s why you might be heartened to learn about one exciting piece of welding news out of Worcester, MA. A team of smarties at Worcester

Polytechnical Institute has been testing a new way to weld that cuts down on corrosion. Their friction stir welding tech hopes to outlast the street salts. That’s because what we call salt is actually, most of the time, a magnesium chloride. It’s all over the nation’s highways and insidiously gets into all the pipes and siding of your customer’s cars. The trouble is that as automotive tech turns toward lighter materials, these include aluminum and magnesium alloys that are more susceptible to weakening, both from galvanic corrosion and from these chlorides.


The team at WPI has made what honestly sounds like the most fun science experiment ever: they created a highly corrosive bed that simulates rusting in fast-forward. That way they can test their weldments in a salty situation. To make the bad conditions even worse, they make the “bath” super moist and hot, too. Hopefully, they can demonstrate that the advanced welding equipment that creates friction stir welding is what the auto industry needs to invest in to reduce future corrosion. At Sidney Lee Welding Supply Co in Atlanta, GA, we love to see welding given its day in science. For your welding supplies in GA, visit our five stores today.