Hot-dip galvanizing preventing distortion
Various thicknesses of bolted and welded assemblies can deform or distort. This is caused by the heating and cooling variations of the parts.
It is recommended that these structures be galvanized prior to assembly. Assembly can then be completed by welding and reconditioning or by means of bolting or riveting with pre-galvanized hardware.
Distortion can also occur during the release of welding stresses in the kettle.
Therefore, proceed with welding while observing the guidelines to balance out these stresses.
Sources of distortion
Distortion is almost always attributable to:
- Release of existing or created stresses in the steel (welding, laminating, forming);
- Expansion constraints for assemblies of varying thicknesses when galvanizing;
- Assemblies requiring different steel thicknesses or grades.