The design of one of the largest ore boats ever built for Great Lakes traffic, constructed by Erie Marine, Erie, Pa., uses repeated modules as building blocks for very low-cost construction of the boats. The mid-body of the 1000 ft ship is made up of 17 modules of essentially the same configuration. Instead of welding the long seams with the work laying on the floor, the large steel plates are stood on edge and welded in one pass with Airco's AVA (Automatic Vertical Aircomatic) process at about 25 ft/hr. Approximately 50 AVA welds are made in each module. The welding operation and the advantages of the process are described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chilton Company

    Chestnut and 56th Streets
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19139
  • Authors:
    • Schwartz, N B
  • Publication Date: 1970-8-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 54-5
  • Serial:
    • Iron Age
    • Volume: 206
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: Chilton Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00019271
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1971 12:00AM