tungsten-inert gas welding

tungsten-inert gas welding

[′təŋ·stən i′nərt ¦gas ‚weld·iŋ]
(metallurgy)
Welding in which an arc plasma from a nonconsumable tungsten electrode radiates heat onto the work surface, to create a weld puddle in a protective atmosphere provided by a flow of inert shielding gas; heat must then travel by conduction from this puddle to melt the desired depth of weld. Abbreviated TIG welding.
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