What is Drag in Welding?

Drag is the offset distance between the entrance and exit points of the gas stream on the plate being cut, measured on the cut edge. Drag will increase and decrease with varying conditions such as:

  • speed,
  • oxygen pressure,
  • plate thickness,
  • oxygen purity, etc.

Drag can have a significant effect on welding productivity and quality. It is important to understand how drag works in order to optimize welding processes and reduce potential problems.

What is a drag welding rod?

A drag welding rod is a consumable electrode used in the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. It is made of a metal core with a coating of flux on the outside. The flux helps to protect the weld pool from atmospheric contamination and provides a means for the slag to be removed from the weld.

How does drag affect welding?

Drag can have a number of effects on welding, depending on the factors mentioned above. It can cause problems with torch alignment, increase spatter and rework, and decrease weld quality. In addition, it can lead to weld defects such as porosity, lack of fusion, and incomplete penetration.

How can I reduce drag in welding?

There are a number of ways to reduce drag in welding, including:

  • Reducing the torch travel speed.
  • Increasing the gas flow rate.
  • Decreasing the plate thickness.
  • Using a smaller electrode.
  • Increasing the wire feed speed.

What is the drag technique?

The drag technique is a welding method in which the electrode is moved along the joint while the torch is stationary. This can be used to improve weld quality and reduce drag.

What is concavity in welding?

Concavity is a weld defect that can occur when there is too much drag. It appears as a depression in the weld bead and can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • incorrect torch angle,
  • excessive travel speed,
  • or insufficient gas flow.

7024 welding rod

7024 welding rod is a type of drag welding rod made of aluminum. It is commonly used for GMAW, but can also be used for other processes such as TIG and MIG.