a. Stringer Bead vs. Weave Bead Technique. It is desirable to minimize the heat input while welding T-1 steels.
With the stringer bead method, weld beads are deposited in a straight line; with the weave bead method,
beads are deposited in a zigzag formation. (See Figure 1) The use of stringer beads reduces the amount of heat
input, because the forward weld travel speed is faster. Therefore, the stringer bead technique should be used
instead of the weave bead technique. The exception to the stringer bead requirement occurs when welding in the
vertical position. In this case, a partial-weave technique may be used to facilitate welding. However, the total
weave shall not be greater than twice the electrode diameter.
Maximum width =
2 X Electrode Die
Straight Bead Technique
Vertical Position Only
Figure 1. Straight and Partial Weave Welding Methods.
b. Back Step Technique. When using low-hydrogen electrodes, the back-step method must be used for each
string of weld bead. The purpose of the back-step method is to reduce weld porosity at the arc initiation point,
thus resulting in a stronger weld. The following is the back-step method.
Strike the arc one in inward from the intended starting point of the weld string.
Weld outward to the intended starting point.
Reverse direction and weld back over the one in of newly deposited weld.
Continue welding along the crack.
c. Multiple Pass Welding . Use small, multiple weld beads, as opposed to large, single or double weld beads. The
small, multiple weld beads will exhibit better notch toughness due to the tempering effect of additional weld