4 Things To Keep In Mind When Planning Welds For Structural Steel Projects

If you are in the process of designing or consulting on a building that will require structural steel, here are four things that you need to keep in mind when planning for the welds within your building.

#1 Plan For Access

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that there is enough room between all of your steel to provide access for a welder to get in and weld the steel. If you place the steel too close, it will be difficult for the welders on the project to gain access to the steel and properly weld it. Don't be so focused on making things tight; be sure to leave room to work.

#2 Limit Welds To One Side

The second thing you need to do is design your plan so that ideally you will only have to weld on one side of each steel piece. Welding on only one side of each steel piece will help increase the integrity of your build. Although there are some situations where you will have to make multiple welds to different sides of a piece of steel, you should try to limit these occurrences in your design. 

#3 Stick To Intermittent Welds

The third thing that you need to do is try to cut back on continuous welds within your build. Continuous and filet welds can help contribute to fatigue on your welds. For strong welds that will not experience fatigue, you should use intermittent welds instead. Intermittent welds reduce the overall volume of welds that you have to make and will help strengthen the integrity of your overall welds. 

#4 Stick To Horizontal & Flat Welds

Fourth, you should try to stick to horizontal and flat welds as much as possible within your design. These types of weld allow the metal to pool up and make it simpler to create a high-quality weld.

Overhead welds are a lot trickier for your welders to perform. The level of skill required to do an overhead weld increases the chance that something could go wrong with the weld and that it will not be as strong as possible. The metal does not pool in the same way, which can decrease the overall strength and quality of the weld.

The next time you are looking at the building plans for your structural steel project, make sure that all of the welds that you are making are as strong as possible. Try to reduce any situations that weaken the overall integrity of your welds.