E6020 Welding Rod

E6020 welding rod is a high iron oxide welding electrode used for stick welding (SMAW) applications. The main benefits of E6020 welding electrode are the high weld deposition and higher travel speed.

E6020 welding rod is similar to E6022 but they can be used for single pass and multipass welding. However, E6022 can only be used for single pass welding applications.

Due to low viscosity of the welding slag, E6020 welding electrode is limited to be use in Flat and horizontal welding positions.

E6020 Welding Rods is for Flat welding position (1G, 1F) and Horizontal welding position (2G, 2F), etc.

E6020 Welding Electrode Chemical Compositions

E6020 Chemical Composition (AWS A5.1)
Element Range
0.20% Max.
 Manganese 1.20% Max.
Silicon 1.00% Max.
 Phosphorus Not specified
  Sulfur Not specified
 Nickel 0.30% Max.
Chromium 0.20% Max.
 Molybdenum 0.30% Max.
 Vanadium 0.08% Max.
 Mn+Ni+Cr+Mo+V total, Not specified

E6020 Welding Electrode Mechanical Properties

E6020 Mechanical Properties (AWS A5.1)
Properties Value
Tensile Strength, Ksi (MPa) 60, (430) 
Yield Strength, Ksi (MPa)
48 (330)
Elongation, % minimum 22
Toughness Not specified

E6020 Welding Rod polarity

E6020 welding rod

E6020 welding rod can be used with AC or DCEN Polarity when welding in horizontal fillet weld welding applications.

For flat welding applications, 6020 welding electrode can be used AC or DCEN and DCEP polarity.

This rod produces a spray arc with an easily removable welding slag.

E6020 Welding Electrode Baking & Storage

Baking or drying of E6020 shall be carried out at a temperature of 275°F ± 25°F or 135°C ± 15°C for minimum 1 hours.

The dried electrode shall be kept in holding oven at a temperature of 20°F to 40°F (10°C to 20°C).

E6020 welding electrodes available diameters

E6020 welding electrodes are available in different diameters. The most commonly used electrodes diameters are:

  • 2.5 mm
  • 3.2 mm
  • 4.0 mm
  • 5.0 mm

E6020 Welding Rods uses

E6020 Welding Rods are used in a variety of applications. They are commonly used in the welding of mild steel and low alloy steels.

E6020 Welding Rods are also used in the fabrication thick welding in flat and horizontal welding positions to provide high weld depositions.

 Being an iron oxide type electrode, E6020 is mainly used for welding of carbon steels. The welds deposited with E6020 rod are radiographic quality. Common applications of 6020 welding rod are for welding of locomotive fire boxes, rotary kilns, heavy structures, engine frames, bases, etc.

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