I got a job from my aviation business customer today that has me stumped.......It's a water storage tank from a passenger jet plane and it got a leak in it that was pretty much impossible to locate.....(under a brace that is spot welded to the main Tank)....I'll take a couple pics ...
He wanted me to weld a bead all the way around both sides of ALL the reinforcement bands to try and seal the leak that was coming from under the straps.......I explained to him that the straps were going to burn up before the tank itself would start to flow a bead since it was way thinner material than the tank plus there was an air gap between them making it even harder to weld like he wanted.......I purged the tank and started to run a bead (with .035 316L) and it welded so bad that I gave up after a few inches.......The stuff just was terrible to weld.....I have welded Stainless for years so it was very disappointing.....Should I feel bad that I can't fix this tank? Or was I DONE before I started?
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