Plasmas for Welding Feature Summary

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Plasmas for Welding
U.S. Air Force photo by William M. Plate Jr.
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The welding arc is a plasma, and is part of an electric circuit that includes the torch and the metal to be welded. To learn about the physics of welding, see Plasmas for Welding by the Coalition for Plasma Science. For information about welding radiation and its hazards, including "arc eye," check out Radiation and the Effects On Eyes and Skin from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
August 16, 2006 - September 1, 2006