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Field Improvised Electric Arc Welder

[+] Author Affiliations
Kyle Geiser, William Maier, Nicholas Ives, Jared Van Curen, Gunnar Tamm, Brodie Hoyer

United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Harry Moore

US Army (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ

Paper No. IMECE2016-67890, pp. V002T02A087; 6 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5052-7


Generations of warfighters have benefited from field manuals to provide instructional knowledge for creating improvised devices and capabilities from readily available resources. These devices range from simple fundamentals to classified advances in materials and technologies. A collaborative effort between the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center is creating the latest repertoire of capabilities for soldiers in theater. An improvised electric arc welder was developed to provide field expedient capabilities to them. Both AC wall power and DC power from car batteries were utilized to demonstrate various options. This paper provides the electrical models, experimental results and lessons learned. Welds were tested in a tension tester to determine their viability.

Topics: Electric arcs



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