This is good information, Tom. Even if you are in a drug induced haze.
I really like the 'happy cocktail' they give me for colonoscopies. Something
I really look forward to.
> Just to give this response extra credibility b&.. I just finished with oral
> surgery, have less wisdom now than I did yesterday, have great drugs, and
> feeling fineb&. ;>)
> IMHO There should be nothing wrong with building the front
> plate from aluminumb&. The cracking concerns will be with the material used
> how the welding is done.
> I would go straight to a 6061 aluminum for the job and TIG weld with a
> ER4043 rod. A welding shop will probably want to use a 5053 rod as it flows
> better and is easier to weld withb& it is also less resistant to cracking
> the 4043. The end of any weld is the start of a crack, so donbt leave
> Put a fillet with a nice radius all the way around the material being added.
> If it is through fit, put the fillet on both sides. Ends and everything.
> Donbt leave any corners etc with out the fillet & you should be fine.
> If you have questions, talk to your local aircraft bcertifiedb welder.
> They should be able to tell you anything you need to know. On aircraft, we
> deal with heat, stress, vibration etc in all welds that are done. A normal
> welding shop does not deal with these types of things and will typically
> advice leaning toward easier faster welding rather than strength of the
> Just my opinionb&. Ibm sure there are other methods that work as well,
> fire awayb&
> back to my private little world now..... they know me there..... mmmmm drugs
> are good.....