Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT®) has created a series of low cost, but professionally manufactured Weld Purge Dams, using low vapour pressure materials that seal tightly around the circumference of the volume to be purged.
Available for pipe diameters from 6 to 88 inches (150 mm up to 2,235 mm), the HFT Single Ended Inflatable Weld Purge Dams are made of low vapour pressure materials specially selected for optimum weld purging results to provide the lowest oxygen reading in the fastest possible time with the minimum use of expensive argon gas.
The Weld Purge Dams are fitted with a dual inflation and purge hose, an additional purge gas hose and an exhaust which can be connected to one of the HFT Weld Purge Monitors®.
The additional purge gas hose is suitable for introducing extra purge gas into the weld zone at any time to cool welds to meet interpass temperature specifications, or to provide more inert gas in the event of titanium, zirconium or special stainless applications needing a guaranteed zero colour weld.
Once the Dam is inflated using the purge gas and seals all around the internal circumference of the pipe, the excess inert purge gas spills out and purges the space around the weld joint. The air (oxygen) is then released out and into the open through a series of venting exhausts on the dam.
Four pull tags are located around the circumference of the Weld Purge Dam, so rope or pull wires can be attached for retrieval of the deflated system, as required. By producing bright shiny welds, there will be no porosity and there will be no loss of corrosion resistance caused by oxidation.
Apart from the benefit of having a metallurgically sound weld, the difficulties of cleaning an oxidised weld are eliminated, saving vast amounts of money in labour and material costs as well as the disposal costs where acids are concerned. Now there is no more reason to put welds at risk by using apparently cheaper materials, when for a very low cost, Argweld® Inflatable Weld Purge Dams can be purchased instead.