I would like to specify the most generic electrode for a particular tensile strength requirement. I thought that "E70XX" was the way to do that and would allow freedom for the fabricator to use whatever welding process was suitable while still getting 70 ksi electrode ultimate strength. I read a post from 2014 that suggested otherwise, but didn't give any alternative. thread607-370919: "E7018": a rant to designers.
I understand that "E7018" is not generic, it is a stick ("1") low-hydrogen ("8") electrode. But if E70XX is not generic, what is?
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