AWS A5.3_A5.3M-1999 (R2007)

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Specification For AL and AL Alloy Electrodes
  AWS A5.3/A5.3M:1999 (R2007)An American National Standard Specification forAluminum andAluminum-AlloyElectrodes forShielded MetalArc Welding  550 N.W. LeJeune Road, Miami, FL 33126 AWS A5.3/A5.3M:1999 (R2007)An American National StandardApproved by theAmerican National Standards InstituteFebruary 11, 1999 Specification forAluminum and Aluminum-AlloyElectrodes for ShieldedMetal Arc Welding Supersedes ANSI/AWS A5.3-91 Prepared by theAmerican Welding Society (AWS) A5 Committee on Filler Metals and Allied MaterialsUnder the Direction of theAWS Technical Activities CommitteeApproved by theAWS Board of Directors Abstract This specification prescribes requirements for the classification of covered (flux coated) E1100, E3003, and E4043aluminum-alloy electrodes for shielded metal arc welding. Tests conducted for classification are chemical analysis of thecore wire as well as tensile and bend tests from groove weld test assemblies fabricated with each of two sizes of electrodefor each classification. Standard electrode sizes, electrode identification, and chemical composition limits are specified.This specification makes use of both U.S. Customary Units and the International System of Units (SI). Since these arenot equivalent, each system must be used independently of the other. Key Words —Covered aluminum electrodes, aluminum welding electrodes, shielded metal arc welding, fillermetal specifications  ii AWS A5.3/A5.3M:1999 (R2007) International Standard Book Number: 0-87171-561-9American Welding Society550 N.W. 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