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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Advantages and Disadvantages of Welded Joints over Riveted Joints

Advantages and Disadvantages of Welded Joints over Riveted Joints
Following are the advantages and disadvantages of welded joints over riveted joints.
Advantages
  1. The welded structures are usually lighter than riveted structures. This is due to the reason, that in welding, gussets or other connecting components are not used.
  2. The welded joints provide maximum efficiency which is not possible in case of riveted joints.
  3. Alterations and additions can be easily made in the existing structures.
  4. As the welded structure is smooth in appearance, therefore it looks pleasing.
  5. In welded connections, the tension members are not weakened as in the case of riveted joints.
  6. A welded joint has a great strength. Often a welded joint has the strength of the parent metal itself.
  7. Sometimes, the members are of such a shape that they afford difficulty for riveting. But they can be easily welded.
  8. The welding provides very rigid joints. This is in line with the modern trend of providing rigid frames.
  9. It is possible to weld any part of a structure at any point. But riveting requires enough clearance.
  10. The process of welding takes less time than the riveting.
Disadvantages
  1. Since there is an uneven heating and cooling during fabrication, therefore the members may get distorted or additional stresses may develop.
  2. It requires a highly skilled labour and supervision.
  3. Since no provision is kept for expansion and contraction in the frame, therefore there is a possibility of cracks developing in it.
  4. The inspection of welding work is more difficult than riveting work.

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