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Does material lose strength when flame-cut?

Does material lose strength when flame-cut?

Does material lose strength when flame-cut?

At shop we flame-cut plates with our CNC cutters.
At sites, to correct mis-fits we flame-cut pipes and plates with oxy-acetylene torches and proceed to weld them.
Inspectors reject whatever is flame-cut at sites, but for some reasons they dont question our factory procedures.

Why is that?


RE: Does material lose strength when flame-cut?

The issue may not be related to the material loosing strength, but an issue with the quality of the cut edges.

Best regards - Al

RE: Does material lose strength when flame-cut?

IJR...to answer your first question, for mild steels the strength does not change except in a very localized sense which might become either quenched or annealed, depending on the cooling. Neither is significant in the whole scheme of things for flame cutting. Essentially, flame cutting is not much different than welding in its affect on the base metal. It creates a similar heat affected zone (HAZ).

Agree with gtaw that it is probably a visual rejection based on the way the flame cut looks. Field cutting is usually done with expedience....with larger tips and higher oxygen pressure....just to literally "blow and go". You might want to specify or suggest a smaller cutting tip to give a "finer" cut appearance.

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