Material Tests for Welding

Provided by: ToolingU

“Material Tests for Welding” introduces users to the types and purposes of welding material tests. Welding materials are tested to evaluate their properties, examine for discontinuities, and ensure the project meets welding code specifications. Testing can be destructive or non-destructive. Testing can also be used to classify metals according to their carbon content. This class includes lessons on non-destructive testing methods such as visual inspection, radiographic, ultrasonic, penetrant, and magnetic particle tests. Users will also become familiar with destructive testing methods such as the macro-etch test, fillet weld break test, guided bend test, and transverse tension test. After completing this course, users will be able to identify common material tests, the practical applications of destructive and non-destructive methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Course Objectives:

  • Define material properties
  • Distinguish between the mechanical and physical properties of metals
  • Describe the role of welding codes in welding operations
  • Describe the purpose of material tests for welding
  • Describe non-destructive tests
  • Describe visual inspection
  • Describe radiographic testing
  • Describe ultrasonic inspection
  • Describe magnetic particle inspection
  • Distinguish between the advantages and disadvantages of magnetic particle testing
  • Describe penetrant testing
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of penetrant testing
  • Identify destructive tests
  • Describe macro-etch test
  • Describe fillet weld break testing
  • Describe transverse tension testing
  • Describe guided bend testing
  • Compare hardness tests
  • Distinguish between classification tests.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel, including engineers, technicians and managers, particularly handling welding operations.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Materials Properties, Material Inspection, Material Testing

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3 hrs



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