316 stainless steel

by Kevin
(las vegas nv.)

I am writting you back on a qusetion I asked last week and have'nt got an anwser back yet.Iam welding 316 stainless steel and wondering if i can cool it with water write after welding without changing integerty of the 316 strength. hope to hear from you soon.Kevin

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wtt replies,

sorry for the delay, i have been extremeley busy.

in most cases , cooling 316 with water will not change the properties.

its not a good idea to speed cool things too much.

i worked a job once where there was an air and water hose fed into a spray nozzle that we used for misting and cooling stainless.

it was much faster than natural cooling rates but not fast enough to induce uneven stress

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