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Without doubt every Welding Professional needs a well furnished Library of Welding books suited to his/her own interests and needs.

Education and learning never end, while experience helps to improve performance.

We would like to propose hereafter a balanced List of Titles of Welding-books for our Readers to help them find and select those publications that, if studied thoroughly, will build the knowledge base necessary to their progress in a successful welding career.

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These are two of the best fundamental Welding-books available. The first two out of five Volumes, the series will be completed in a few years, to form a complete Welding Handbook built on the tradition of eight previous editions. These are rich in References to original work and accepted Standards and represent a must-have reference for engineers, metallurgists, structural designers, inspectors and anybody in need of Knowledge on Welding. Essential for Learning, indispensable for Reference, Strong on Theory, practical in Scope, rich in Information, these Welding-books cannot be missing from any serious professional Library.

AWS Welding Handbook
9th Edition Vol. 1
Welding Science and Technology
Document Number: AWS WHB-1.9
American Welding Society

AWS Welding Handbook
9th Ed. Vol. 2
Welding Processes - Part 1
Document Number: AWS WHB-2.9
American Welding Society

In this Welding-books collection, the new Volume 3 of the AWS Welding Handbook that has been recently published, was eagerly waited for. It includes the Second Part of the process section that is devoted to the following Welding Processes:

Resistance welding, projection-, flash- and upset-welding, Friction welding and Friction Stir welding. Solid State processes (ultrasonic- and explosion-welding), adhesive bonding, thermal- and cold-spraying, diffusion processes. High energy (Electron beam and Laser) welding. Other welding and cutting processes fill the last Chapter.

The fifteen Chapters and 669 pages of the present Volume 3, one of the most important Welding-books available, deal with all processes that were not covered by Volume 2 with a richness of detail and information rarely matched by other publications.

The new Volume 4 includes Chapters on Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels, High Alloy Steels, Coated Steels, Tool and Die Steels, Stainless and Heat-Resistant Steels, Clad and Dissimilar Metals, Surfacing Materials, Cast Irons, Maintenance and Repair Welding, Underwater Welding and Cutting.
The condensed yet complete information, makes this volume invaluable for reference but also for study of specific subjects and for solving practical problems.

AWS Welding Handbook,
9th Edition, Volume 3,
Welding Processes, Part 2
American Welding Society , 01-Jan-2007, 669 pages

A short review of this last Volume was published (2) in Issue 53 of Practical Welding Letter for January 2008.
To see it click on PWL#053.

Two more volumes to be included in a suitable Welding-books kist, Vol. 4 and Vol. 5 on Materials and Applications will complete the 9th edition when they are published sometime in the future.

Volume 4 was published recently and is now available.

AWS Welding Handbook,
9th Edition Volume 4,
Materials and Applications Part 1
American Welding Society / 2010 / 760 pages

AWS Welding Handbook,
9th Edition Volume 5,
Materials and Applications Part 2

This last volume was recently published.
It is introduced in an Article on The Last Volume - WHB-5.9 (2) in Issue 144 of Practical Welding Letter for August 2015.
Click on PWL#144.

In the meantime Vols. 3 and 4 of the 8th edition indicated hereafter are still available and may be useful for reference.

These two Welding-books pertain to the previous Edition (the 8th) of the Welding Handbook introduced above.
The two Volumes are very useful in their own right as they fill a most urgent need to anybody looking for metallurgical information on different materials and examples of practical Applications confirmed by proven experience.
The books will not be obsolete anytime soon. They are rich in Tables, colorful Figures, Charts and Photos and cover most of materials and processes used in Industry.
It is out of question that they were written to enlarge the vision of the scholar and of the professional, to provide authoritative research tools and complete answers.

AWS Welding Handbook
8th Edition, Vol.3:
Materials and Applications - Part 1
Document Number:
American Welding Society
526 pages

AWS Welding Handbook
8th Ed., Vol. 4:
Materials and Applications - Part 2 ,
Document Number:
American Welding Society
622 pages

A short Review of the New Edition of Brazing Handbook was published (2) in Issue 58 of Practical Welding Letter for June 2008. Click on PWL#058 to read it.

AWS Brazing Handbook
Document Number: AWS BRH
Fifth Edition
American Welding Society, 01-Jan-2006, 700 pages

AWS Soldering Handbook
Edition: 3rd
Document Number: AWS SHB
American Welding Society
577 pages

ANSI/AWS D17.2-D17.2M-2007
Specification for Resistance Welding for Aerospace Applications
American Welding Society / 04-Jan-2007 / 44 pages

ASM Handbook : Welding, Brazing & Soldering
Olson, David L.
9th Ed. Vol. 6
ASM International, 01-Jan-1993, 1299 pages

Note: While the remark appearing upon seeking the above Volume in this List of Welding-books, seems to indicate that it was superseded by the following one, in fact it is a new book, with 40 new articles, and many old ones with substantial revisions.
However many other articles, still relevant on a number of subjects, were left out of the new 6A volume.

ASM Handbook, Volume 6A,
Welding Fundamentals and Processes
ASM International, 2011 - 920 pages

ASM Handbook Volume 13A:
Corrosion: Fundamentals, Testing, and Protection
Edited by Stephen D. Cramer and Bernard S. Covino, Jr.
ASM International / 01-Aug-2003 / 1135 pages

ASM Handbook, Volume 13B:
Corrosion: Materials
ASM International / 01-Jan-2005 / 703 pages

ASM Handbook Volume 13C:
Corrosion: Environments and Industries
ASM International / 01-Nov-2006 / 1137 pages

ASM Handbook Volume 20: Materials Selection & Design
Document Number: ASM 06481G
Dieter, George E.
ASM International, 01-Dec-1997, 900 pages

ASM Handbook Volume 11: Failure Analysis & Prevention
R.J. Shipley and W.T. Becker
ASM International, 01-Dec-2002
1164 pages

An introduction to the new
ASM Handbook Volume 4C: Induction Heating and Heat Treatment
was published (2) in Issue 136 of Practical Welding Letter for December 2014.
For a thorough presentation including downloading instructions of the Index and of a sample chapter, click on PWL#136.

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Modern Welding Technology
Cary, Howard B.
Prentice Hall
Some editions of this book appear to be out of print.
Nevertheless a few Bookstores still offer it.
It may be worth to try to get it.

ANSI/AWS A3.0M/A3.0:2010
AWS Standard Welding Terms and Definitions
Including Terms for Adhesive Bonding, Brazing, Soldering,
Thermal Cutting, and Thermal Spraying
Edition: 12th
American Welding Society / 01-Jul-2009 / 162 pages

ANSI/AWS D1.1/D1.1M:2010
Structural Welding Code - Steel
Edition: 22nd
American Welding Society / 11-Mar-2010 / 572 pages

AWS D1.1-BI:2008
The Official Book of D1.1 Interpretations
American Welding Society, 01-Jan-2008

ANSI/AWS D1.2/D1.2M:2008
Structural Welding Code - Aluminum
Edition: 5th
American Welding Society / 23-Jun-2008 / 228 pages

ANSI/AWS A5.10/A5.10M:1999 (R2007)
Specification for Bare Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Welding Electrodes and Rods
American Welding Society / 23-Nov-1999 / 41 pages

Aluminum Design Manual, 2010 Edition
Aluminum Association / 2010 /

ANSI/AWS D1.6/D1.6M:2007
Structural Welding Code - Stainless Steel
Edition: 2nd
American Welding Society / 04-Jan-2007 / 294 pages

ANSI/AWS D3.6M:2010
Underwater Welding Code
Edition: 5th
American Welding Society / 10-Sep-2010 / 144 pages

AWS Guide for Welding Iron Castings
Document Number: AWS D11.2-89 (R2006)
American Welding Society / 14-Jul-1988 / 138 pages

Welding Aluminum:
Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition, 2002
Document Number: AA 23
Aluminum Association, 01-Jan-2002, 200 pages

ASME Section IX
2010 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX:
Welding and Brazing Qualifications, Includes 2011 Addenda Reprint
American Society of Mechanical Engineers / 01-Jul-2010 / 350 pages

AWS Design for Welding
Document Number: AWS ARE-5
American Welding Society, 01-Jan-2001, 80 pages

ANSI/AWS C5.4-93
Recommended Practices for Stud Welding
American Welding Society, 28-Jun-1993, 26 pages

Among the most recommended Welding-books see:
Ed Craig
A Management and Engineers Guide to MIG Welding
(Over 600 pages). Available from

AWS Recommended Practices for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Document Number: ANSI/AWS C5.5/C5.5M-2003
American Welding Society
130 pages

ANSI/AWS B4.0:2007
Standard Methods for Mechanical Testing of Welds (US Customary Units)
Edition: 7th
American Welding Society / 02-May-2007 / 154 pages

ANSI/AWS B4.0M:2000 (R2010)
Standard Methods for Mechanical Testing of Welds (Metric Customary Units)
American Welding Society / 25-Jul-2000 / 115 pages

AWS Test Methods for Evaluating Welded Joints
Document Number: AWS ARE-6
American Welding Society
60 pages

ANSI/AWS A2.4:2012
Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, Nondestructive Examination
American Welding Society / 01-Jan-2012 / 152 pages

ANSI/AWS B1.10M/B1.10:2009
Guide for Nondestructive Inspection of Welds
Edition: 4th
American Welding Society / 01-Jul-2009 / 66 pages

AWS Guide for the Visual Examination of Welds
Document Number: ANSI/AWS B1.11-2000
American Welding Society
33 pages

AWS Welding Inspection Handbook
Edition: 3rd
Document Number: AWS WI:2000
American Welding Society
244 pages

AWS The Design and Planning Manual for Cost Effective Welding
Document Number: AWS DPW
American Welding Society
142 pages
Available from AWS - Bookstore http://pubs.aws.org/

API Std 1104 (R2010)
Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities
20th Edition, Includes Errata 1 (2007) and 2 (2008)
Edition: 20th
American Petroleum Institute / 07-Nov-2005 / 70 pages

AWS API-M:2008
Study Guide for API Standard 1104 Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities
American Welding Society / 2008 / 104 pages

ANSI/AWS B2.1/B2.1M:2009
Specification for Welding Procedure and Performance Qualification
Edition: 5th
American Welding Society / 22-Aug-2008 / 300 pages

AWS Welding Metallurgy, 4th Ed. Vol.1: Fundamentals
Document Number: AWS WM1.4
American Welding Society
650 pages

The Everyday Pocket Handbook for Arc Welding Steel
Document Number: AWS PHB-1
American Welding Society
34 pages

ANSI Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes
Document Number: AWS Z49.1-05
American Welding Society
60 pages
At variance from other Welding-books, this Standard can now be dowloaded at no cost from:

ANSI/AWS F4.1:2007
Safe Practices for the Preparation of Containers and Piping for Welding and Cutting
Edition: 5th
American Welding Society / 24-Aug-2007 / 20 pages

Fire Safety in Welding and Cutting - Set of 25 Pamphlets
Document Number: AWS FSW
American Welding Society
Available from AWS - Bookstore

Arc Welding Safety - Set of 25 Pamphlets
Document Number: AWS AWS
American Welding Society
Available from AWS - Bookstore

Document Number: AWS SGSH
American Welding Society
43 pages
Available from AWS - Bookstore

Personal eye protection - Automatic welding filters; German version EN 379:2003
Document Number: DIN EN 379
DIN-adopted European Standard
24 pages

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010
American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices
International Safety Equipment Association / 13-Apr-2010 /

ASTM A240/A240M-12a
Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications
ASTM International / 01-Nov-2012 / 13 pages

BS EN 287-1:2011
Qualification Test of Welders - Fusion Welding - Part 1: Steels
British-Adopted European Standard / 31-Jul-2011 / 44 pages

BS EN 287-2:1992
REPLACED by BS EN ISO 9606-2:2004

BS EN ISO 9606-2:2004
Qualification Test of Welders. Fusion welding. Aluminium and aluminium alloys British Standard / European Standard / International Organization for Standardization
42 pages

BS EN 288-4:1992 15-Oct-1992
REPLACED by BS EN ISO 15614-2:2005
BS EN ISO 15614-2:2005
Specification and Qualification of Welding Procedures for Metallic Materials. Welding procedure test. Arc welding of aluminium and its alloys
British Standard / European Standard / International Organization for Standardization
38 pages

ASME Section V
2010 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section V:
Nondestructive Examination, Includes 2011 Addenda Reprint
American Society of Mechanical Engineers / 01-Jul-2010 / 700 pages

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