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Having the carbon equivalent helps narrow down the welding requirements however AWS D1.4 section has conservative default values where the chemical composition is not known.  The only thing it really changes is the preheat requirements.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Sherman, William" <ShermanWC(--nospam--at)>

03/25/2004 12:09 PM

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"'seaint(--nospam--at)'" <seaint(--nospam--at)>
RE: Q: Can you weld steel rebar to steel beam?

The key question in welding A615 rebar is "what is its carbon equivalency"?
That information is not normally provided unless specifically requested from
the supplier. Once that is known, proper welding procedures can be
determined in accordance with AWS.

William C. Sherman, PE
(Bill Sherman)
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

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Subject: Re: Q: Can you weld steel rebar to steel beam?


I wont comment on your actual detail but as far as the welding, you can
definitely weld rebar to plate (or rolled section).  However, it can be more
difficult than normal welding of plates and rolled sections.  The problem is
that standard ASTM A615 rebar has a relatively high carbon content.  If you
can, specify ASTM A706 rebar which is easier to weld.  For the actual
welding requirements such as electrode type, preheat, etc. it is all covered
in AWS D1.4, "Structural Welding Code - Reinforcing Steel".

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

hadiprawira djohan <hadiprawira(--nospam--at)>
03/25/2004 11:10 AM Please respond to

SubjectQ: Can you weld steel rebar to steel beam?

Dear All:
I am designing an A50 steel beam to carry 6 story of reinforced CMU block
wall.  In order to adequately secure the block to the steel beam I need to
weld rebar on the top flange of steel beam to dowel into the CMU block. Is
this way practical? I was once told that steel rebar can not be welded to
the steel beam because they are not from the same kind of material and
therefore would not bond well. Has anyone run into this kind of situation
As always, thank you for any suggestions.
Hadi Djohan, P.E. - Brooker Engineering, NY.

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