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    Equation for welding pipe

    hi all,

    I've got a large job including pipes sizing from 76mm x14mm to 273mm x 48mm. There are several hundered pipes and several thousand welds to be accomplished. Now for the fun part. I need to come up with an equation or table to estimate the amount of time that each weld takes. Has anyone had to do this before? Each pipe will be have a TIG root pass and filled and capped with stick.

    Any suggestions and thoughts would be great.

    thanks,
    Joe

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    It needs way more info.

    Time to get a stop watch out and go to the shop. That will give your welding time. Add a move to next weld time. etc. It could be double, triple or more the welding time depending on the job. Add probably 1 hour per day setup/cleanup. Add 10% for interruptions of work flow, Then add 20%, because nothing ever happens as it should.

    YMMV.
    Last edited by RancherBill; 10-12-2009 at 01:13 PM.

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    How I estimate here is to take your pounds per hour deposited for the process (a number of sources for this, but it depends on electrode type, diameter, etc), factor in your approximate efficiency (also available from a number of sources), and then multiply by your cross sectional area of the weld joint and circumference of the pipe. You're basically taking the amount of weld metal needed to complete the joint, and applying an efficiency factor to it.

    This will get you in the ballpark, though sample welding data is often more accurate. Of course, this doesn't factor in fit up time, preheat, weld prep, etc.

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    Thanks for the suggestions. I've got some soft numbers that were taken from previous projects, but they aren't very accurate when it gets out to some of the bigger pipe. These figures show welding schedule 160 pipe with 3/32 rod with a TIG root pass that the example did about an inch of pipe an hour.

    Ex. 2" sch. 160 = 2 hours per weld joint + 1 hour to fit pipes.

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    i found a website that offers a more defined equation with pictures. Just wanted to share this with the group in case anyone ever needs to quote a job.
    www.twi.co.uk/content/jk95.html
    the welding institute offeres a logical calculatiog method for weld volume and weight.

    thanks again,

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    That's basically what I was describing in taking the area to determine the lbs/hr deposited. I usually use CAD to model the joint configuration and let it calculate the area for me. Then you factor in deposition efficiency of both the electrodes and the workers. With SMAW, 35% arc time vs hours worked is a rule of thumb, as is a deposition efficiency of 65% or so.

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    Most basic arc welding courses/classes will teach you estimating of welding costs. It's very good stuff to know and understand.
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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    How much will you pay me to estimate the job for you?
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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    I've put together a excell spread sheet that allows easy calculation of weld volume by just entering the pipe diameter, wall thickness, gap, and angles used on the weld. This is the easiest and most accurate way for me to get an estimate on how much filler is used. Thanks for the suggestions again.

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    Re: Equation for welding pipe

    Just remember, larger wall thickness pipes will often use a 20/10, 37/10, or j prep, at which point it becomes a lot more complicated than just your standard bevels.

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