Explosion Welding Process

How it works

Explosion cladding is a solid state welding process that uses precision explosions to bond two dissimilar metals while retaining the mechanical, electrical and corrosion properties of both. The process is most commonly used to clad steel with a thin layer of corrosion-resistant alloy metal, such as stainless steel, brass, nickel, silver, titanium, or zirconium. However, explosion welding can join a wide array of compatible and non-compatible metals; with more than 260 metal combinations possible.

The explosion weld is achieved in milliseconds; therefore, no bulk heating occurs, and the metals experience no dilution. NobelClad is the only company that can deliver high shear strength and high tensile strength across every type of combination we join.

Advantages of Explosive Clad

Explosion welded clad offers a variety of advantages over roll bond and weld overlay.

Welding Type

Explosive Welding

Explosive Welding

Roll Bond

Roll Bond

Weld Overlay

Weld Overlay

Performed By

A small group of explosion welding businesses. NobelClad is the world standard.

Hot rolling steel mills dispersed across the globe.

Arc-welding, metal fabricators.

Compatible Metals

Yes

Yes

Yes

Non-Compatible Metals

Yes

No

No

Thickness Spectrum

Welding Type

Performed By

Compatible Metals

Non-Compatible Metals

Thickness Spectrum

Explosive Welding

Explosive Welding

A small group of explosion welding businesses. NobelClad is the world standard.

Yes

Yes

Roll Bond

Roll Bond

Hot rolling steel mills dispersed across the globe.

Yes

No

Weld Overlay

Weld Overlay

Arc-welding, metal fabricators.

Yes

No

Our Products

Plate Products

Our DetaClad™ plate products exhibit extremely high bond strength and provide a cost-effective fabrication solution for both corrosive environments and challenging structural designs.

Transition Joints

Transition joints are composite inserts that make it possible to permanently join dissimilar metals in structural, electrical and cryogenic applications.

Our Approach

NobelClad provides value to its industrial, infrastructure and energy customers by collaborating at every stage of development. During design phases, NobelClad is a key resource for process architects and engineers who often write NobelClad plates into their manufacturing specifications. We create vital partnerships by consistently matching technical expertise with creative problem solving, expert production and extraordinary dependability.

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