In welding, we have different types of grooves like V-shaped groove, U-shaped groove, Double V, Double U, J and Double J. What is the advantage of each kind over the other?

  • $\begingroup$ What did the reference say where you found these terms? Be useful to say so we don’t waste time with the same research... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 18, 2018 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ There was nothing regarding that just diagrams. @SolarMike $\endgroup$
    – SK05
    Aug 18, 2018 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried Wikipedia? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welding_joint $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Aug 18, 2018 at 19:10
  • $\begingroup$ There are only 3 general" groove " types ; V, flat butt ( not actually a groove ) and J , two j make a U. Flat butt is used by machine for thick plate ,like sub-arc and electroslag .HAZ is not controlled by groove but primarily by thickness and also by preheat, heat input, step welding, etc. $\endgroup$ Oct 8, 2018 at 14:21

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Edge preparation is required for joining thick plates for proper welding joint. Its always preferable less volume of groove size. Less volume of groove gives less HAZ and having good mechanical properties. Double V, Double U joints are there but we need to follow certain welding sequence like first layer on one side and second layer on second groove which leads to less distortions. Single V can be used most of the cases because of easy edge preparation instead of U. J joint can be used in specific purposes like one material is weldable another is not weldable. Then due to J joint we have prepared J on only non weldable plate another plate is without edge preparation. It is also depends on the thermal conductivity of the material


Mostly a function of thickness. It is expensive to fill a groove with weld metal so try to use a low volume but simple groove. Such a ( simple) V groove at 1/2 " thickness and a U groove at 3" thickness.


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