(a) General. Welded joints may be used for materials for which welding procedures, welders, and
welding machine operators have been qualified in accordance with part 57 of this subchapter.
(b) Butt welds—general. Butt welds may be made with or without backing or insert rings within the limitations
established in § 56.70–15. When the use of backing rings will result in undesirable conditions such as severe
stress concentrations, corrosion or erosion, then:
(1) The backing rings shall be removed and the inside of the joint ground smooth, or
(2) The joint shall be welded without backing rings, or
(3) Consumable insert rings must be used. Commonly used types of butt welding end preparations are shown in ASME B16.25 (incorporated
by reference; see 46 CFR 56.01–2).
(4) Restrictions as to the use of backing rings appear for the low temperature piping
systems and should be checked when designing for these systems.
(c) Socket welds (modifies 127.3.3A).
(1) Each socket weld must conform to ASME B16.11 (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 56.01–2), to applicable standards listed in 46 CFR 56.60–1, table 56.60–1(b), and to Figure 127.4.4C in ASME B31.1 (incorporated by reference;
see 46 CFR 56.01–2) as modified by § 56.30–10(b)(4) of this part. A gap of approximately one-sixteenth inch between the end of the pipe and the bottom
of the socket must be provided before welding. This may best be provided by bottoming the pipe and backing off slightly before
(2) Socket welds must not be used where severe erosion or crevice corrosion is expected
to occur. Restrictions on the use of socket welds appear in § 56.70–15(d)(3) of this part for Class I service and in § 56.50–105 of this part for low temperature service. These sections should be checked when designing for these systems. See § 56.70–15(d)(4) of this part for Class II service.
(3) (Reproduces 111.3.4.) Drains and bypasses may be attached to a fitting or valve by socket welding provided
the socket depth, bore diameter and shoulder thickness conform to ASME B16.11.
(d) Fillet welds. A fillet weld may vary from convex to concave. The size of a fillet weld is determined as shown in Figure 127.4.4A of ASME B31.1. Fillet-weld details for socket-welding components must meet § 56.30–5(c). Fillet-weld details for flanges must meet § 56.30–10 of this part (see also § 56.70–15(d)(3) and (4) of this part for applications of fillet welds).
(e) Seal welds. Seal welds may be used but shall not be considered as contributing any strength
to the joint.
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