E7016 Welding Rod

The E7016 is a Low Hydrogen welding rod similar to the E7015 electrode but can also be used with AC Polarity. E7016 welding rod has a tensile strength of 70 Ksi.

Classification: E7016 (EN ISO 2560-A: E38 4B 42 H5)

Specification: AWS A 5.1

Welding Polarity: AC and DCEP (Electrode Positive)

Form: Low Hydrogen Potassium Covered Electrode for Stick Welding (Shielded Metal Arc Welding).


E7016 Electrode Chemical Composition and Mechanical Properties

The Chemical Composition and Mechanical Properties of E7016 welding rod as per AWS A5.1 specification are given in the below table. The tensile strength of E7016 electrode is 70 Ksi, Yield strength is 58 Ksi and toughness is 20 ft·lbf at –20°F (27 J at –30°C).

E7016 Chemical Composition (AWS A5.1)
Element Range
  Carbon 
0.15 Max.
 Manganese 1.6 Max.
Silicon 0.75 Max.
 Phosphorus 0.035% Max.
  Sulfur 0.035% Max.
 Nickel 0.30 Max.
Chromium 0.20 Max.
 Molybdenum 0.30% Max.
 Vanadium 0.08% Max.
 Mn+Ni+Cr+Mo+V total, 1.75% Max.
E7016 Mechanical Properties (AWS A5.1)
Properties Value
Tensile Strength, Ksi (MPa) 70, (490) 
Yield Strength, Ksi (MPa)
58 (400)
Elongation, % minimum 22
Toughness 20 ft·lbf at –20°F (27J at-30°C)
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E7016 Welding Rod

E7016 welding rod is a low hydrogen electrode having similar characteristic of E7015 however E7016 can be used with AC and DCEP Polarity.

E7016 welding rod

E7016 rod gives a crack resistant weld compared to E7018 rod on thick material welding and useful for welding on heavy weld seams or restrained welding joints to avert cracking.

7016 Welding Rod Polarity

E7016 Welding Rod Polarity is AC and DCEP (Electrode positive, or Reverse polarity).

E67016 Welding Rod uses

This low hydrogen Welding rod is used for welding applications for:

  • Welding of low carbon to medium carbon steel.
  • Welding barrier weld layer before hard facing.
  • Welding of ASTM A515, 516, 570, 572, 607 and 668 grades.
  • High cracking resistance for welding thick materials.
  • E7016 gives a ductile weld that is beneficial for API pipelines jobs where hardness control is required.

Storage and baking of E7016 Welding Electrode

Being a low hydrogen electrode, E7016 requires baking/ drying before use. The recommended drying or baking temperature for E7016 rod as per AWS A5.1, Table 1.3 is 500- 800°F (260- 425°C) for 1- 2 hours.

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Baked or dried electrode shall be kept in portable holding oven at a temperature of 50- 250°F (30- 140°C) during use. Unused electrodes shall be returned back to stationary holding ovens.

E7016 Welding Rod amperage

E7016 welding electrode amperage depend on the electrode diameter. 3/32” rod is good with 75- 110 ampere, 1/8” with 100- 150 ampere and 5/32” with 150 to 190 ampere current.


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