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Stud arc welding (SW), also known as arc stud welding, is a commonly used method for joining a metal stud, or fastener, to a metal workpiece. This article serves as a basic information source for those interested in accomplishing one-sided, no-hole attachment of metal fasteners. It schematically illustrates the basic equipment used for stud arc welding and describes the operation of the welding process. The article discusses several specific applications that lend themselves to special variations of the stud arc welding technique. It concludes with information on quality control, qualification, and inspection of stud-welding.

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