Tech Topics 2005-07-062

AWS technical committee meetings are open to the public. If you want to attend a meeting, contact the staff secretary of the committee as listed below at AWS, 550 NW LeJeune Rd., Miami, FL 33126; telephone (800/305) 443-9353.

July 12, 13, B2F Subcommittee on Plastic Welding Qualifications.  Reno, Nev. Standards preparation meeting.  Staff Contact:  R. Hancock, ext. 226.

Aug. 11, Technical Activities Committee.  Columbus, Ohio. General meeting.  Staff Contact:  P. Howe, ext. 309.

Aug. 30, D15 Committee on Railroad Welding.  St. Louis, Mo. Standards preparation meeting.  Staff Contact:  R. Hancock, ext. 226.

Aug. 30, D15A Subcommittee on Freight Cars and Their Materials.  St. Louis, Mo. Standards preparation meeting.  Staff Contact:  R. Hancock, ext. 226

Standards for Public Review
AWS was approved as an accredited standards-preparing organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979. AWS rules, as approved by ANSI, require that all standards be open to public review for comment during the approval process. This column also advises of ANSI approval of documents. The following standards are submitted for public review. Draft copies may be obtained from Rosalinda O’Neill, 550 NW LeJeune Rd., Miami, FL 33126; (800/305) 443-9353, ext. 451,

C3.7M/C3.7:200X, Specification for Aluminum Brazing.  Revised standard
— $25.  ANSI public review expires 6/28/05  

D1.8/D1.8M:200X, Structural Welding Code — Seismic Supplement. New standard — $55. ANSI public review expires  7/12/05.
    Z49.1:200X,   Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes. Revised standard — $34. ANSI public review expires  6/28/05.


AWS D1.1, Structural
Welding Code — Steel

Subject: OEM’s Engineer
Code Edition: D1.1:2002
Code Provision: Section 1.3.1
AWS Log: D1.1-02-101 (INQ-48)

Inquiry:  Is  it permissible for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to designate a technically qualified competent and capable Engineer from his organization as “the Engineer” to make engineering evaluations based on design analysis, and to accept previous WPS Qualifications and previous Performance Qualifications (in accordance with paragraphs and

Response: Yes.
Errata in D15.1
AWS D15.1:2001, Railroad Welding Specification — Cars and Locomotives

P. 23, Table C2, under column titled “Base Metal Thickness of …”, last entry, change “3/4  ≤ T” to “3/4 < T”.

P. 53,  Table C5, for Preheat Category C row, under column titled “Thickness of Thickest Part…”, second entry, change “over 3/4 through 2-1/2” to “over 3/4 through 1-1/2”.

P. 126, Fig. F2(A), for callouts, change  “ da  = d–2t”  to “da = d–t”,  and “de = 07d–15t”  to  “de = 0.7d–1.5t”.

P. 126, Fig. F2(B), for the callout, change “de = 07d–15t”  to  “de = 0.7d–1.5t”.

P. 129,, first sentence, change  “Figure F2”  to  “ Figure F10”.

Page 139, 29.3.2, second sentence, change “50°F (10°AC)” to “50°F (10°C)”.
Ship and Boatbuilding
The D3A Committee seeks volunteers to help revise D3.7, Guide for Aluminum Hull Welding, and D3.5, Guide for Steel Hull Welding. Topics include design, cutting, qualification, construction practices, inspection, and welding processes and equipment. Contact Brian  McGrath, (800) 443-9353, ext. 311,

Iron Castings
The D11 Committee seeks  volunteers to help revise D11.2-89, Guide for Welding Iron Castings. Experts in the welding of iron castings as well as users of iron castings are urged to participate in this important work. Contact John Gayler, (800) 443-9353, ext. 472;

The B1 Committee on Methods of Inspection seeks volunteers to help revise AWS B1.10:1999, Guide for the Nondestructive Examination of Welds, and AWS B1.11:2000, Guide for the Visual Examination of Welds. Meetings will be held using the Internet, teleconferences, and e-mail. A face-to-face meeting may be held during the next AWS Welding Show, Nov. 13–16, 2005, in Chicago. Contact Brian  McGrath, (800) 443-9353, ext. 311,

Dues Update
Effective June 1, 2005, the following rates for annual membership dues went into effect.

Individual Member
Educational Institution 
Supporting Company $400
AWS Student 

The two-year membership for new subscribers is $135, a savings of $25.

Note that $4 of membership dues goes to the AWS Foundation to support its scholarship programs; $18.75 pays for the subscription to the Welding Journal. For complete information, visit, or call (800) 443-9353, ext. 480.