Definition - What does Oxyacetylene Welding mean?
Oxyacetylene Welding, also known as oxy-fuel welding or acetylene welding is a process that uses oxygen and fuel gases to weld and cut steel or metallic components. In this type of welding acetylene gas and oxygen are mixed in a torch so as to attain the high temperatures that are required for the welding process. Oxyacetylene welding is also used in hardfacing and in the glass industry for fire polishing.
Petropedia explains Oxyacetylene Welding
Oxyacetylene welding was developed in 1903 by Edmond Fouché and Charles Picard. Acetylene gas is one of the most common and simplest hydrocarbon members that contain one or several carbon atom pairs connected through triple bonds referred to as alkynes or acetylenic series. It is non-flammable, colorless and is a widely utilized fuel in metal cutting and oxyacetylene welding.
When acetylene gas is mixed with oxygen, it produces a flame temperature of more than 3000 Degree Celsius and thus, it can be used as a welding fuel. This fuel can also be used for metal cutting processes.