How can you most economically specify welds in bearing stiffener to flange designs?
- Connecting a bearing stiffener to a flange can add cost.
- If welding is required, mill the stiffener for bearing and design fillet welds.
- Full penetration welds at this location can create flatness problems, add to NDT cost, and add to handling cost during fabrication.
- Combining mill to bear and fillet welds allows owner inspectors to check bearing flatness and contact surface prior to fillet welding, and greatly reduces inspection costs and warpage of materials.