Welding Electrodes

Price List | Barracuda (Mild Steel) | Hammerhead (St Steel)

Price List

Barracuda “Gold” Welding Electrodes Price (ex GST)
3.2mm supplied in 3.5kg boxes (approximately 93/94 electrodes)
Meets AWS D3.6M Class A
4.0mm supplied in 3.7kg boxes (approximately 69/70 electrodes)
Meets AWS D3.6M Class A
Hammerhead “wet spot” Cr-Ni-Mo Welding Electrode   
3.2mm supplied in 3.5kg boxes (approximately 68/69 electrodes)
These electrodes can be used as conventional welding electrodes for welding of high carbon
and stainless steel

Barracuda Gold Electrodes

(Meet AWS D3.6M-2010 Class 'A' quality)

Barracuda Rods


Barracuda Technical Data
Electrode/WPS Certificates
Fillet Weld Reports (Various)
Class 'A' Test Results
Barracuda Brochure

The Barracuda 'Gold' is a special rutile flux coated welding electrode with added nickel. It was developed to provide a high quality, cost effective electrode, that is easy to use for all structural steels. It has a special formulated clear polymer based waterproof coating, to ensure the maximum resistance to water and moisture penetration. The electrode allows for higher levels of misuse in its handling and care, and provides electrical insulation for improved diver safety. The electrodes are available in 3.2 and 4.0mm (1/8" and 5/32") and are boxed in plastic telescopic containers. See Technical Data.

The electrode has a particularly smooth, soft arc characteristic that welders find very pleasing and easy to use. The electrode produces a superb weld finish and the slag is easily removed. It offers easy striking and re-striking and may be used in all positions. The electrode provides for excellent mechanical properties, with welding procedures having been approved by Lloyds and ABS. The nearest specification equivalent, in accordance with BSEN ISO 2560: 2005 may be regarded as; E4621NiRR51 and/or American Welding Society; AWS A5.1:2004 E7014.

Photos show wet weld made for Noordhoek Offshore bv on behalf of ONGC for the repair of offshore platforms, Bombay High.

Demonstration Video Clips:

Video 1 (opens in new window) : Shows the welding of a 3 pass fillet weld underwater using Barracuda Gold electrodes.

Video 2 (opens in new window): Shows the tensile testing of weld sample D1.2. The report for this weld (S401924) can be seen under full report details (click here)

Download the Barracuda brochure here

Hammerhead Electrodes

Wet-Spot Welding Method

Hammerhead Welding Electrodes


Hammerhead electrode brochure
Hammerhead process brochure
Hammerhead™ Smart Award Report
Corus report
SUT paper on Hammerhead

Revolutionary Welding System Removes the Need for
Skilled Welders

We have developed solutions to the long-standing problems associated with underwater wet welding and in particular the skills required to produce high quality welds. The new system, which has been named Hammerhead™ answers the problems to obtaining high quality wet welds in nil visibility, without the need for experienced, trained and/or qualified welder-divers. 

The electrode used is a specially formulated Cr-Ni-Mo (stainless steel) electrode and is available in 3.2 mm (1/8") diameter. Although this electrode has been specifically designed for use with the Hammerhead wet-spot welding system (spot-welding), it may also be used for conventional wet welding of stainless steels and/or high strength carbon steels, as it is highly resistant to hydrogen cracking and offers high strength and high toughness electrode properties. For mechanical properties and chemical analysis see the brochure.

This type of welding process may also be used in air, for general construction, using the software installed into Mahe 420 amp welding inverter.

The Hammerhead™ wet-spot welding process results in a quick and reliable joining method by means of a spot/plug weld, using a standard DC welding power source.

See Hammerhead in action in these video clips:

Video 1 (opens in new window): (dry-spot demo) shows Drew Maslin of Northern Divers (non-welder) using the system in air. The weld is then broken to show the fusion faces.

Video 2 (opens in new window): (wet-spot demo) shows David Keats of Speciality Welds using this system to weld
plate J2.1.

Video 3 (opens in new window): Shows the welding of a 3 pass fillet weld underwater using Barracuda Gold electrodes. (These welds were made to aid comparison between standard fillet welds and wet-spot welds.)

Video 4 (opens in new window): Shows the tensile testing of weld sample D1.2.

Images of Hammerhead equipment

In removing the skills necessary to carry out underwater wet welding you must change the fundamental approach to how welding is carried out. The benefits include; no need for specific joint configurations and all the preparation that goes with them.

No need even for a conventional fillet or butt joint for that matter. No need for cleaning the joint area or for chipping off slag before laying down additional passes, in fact there’s no need for additional passes, as the process is a one-shot process i.e. one electrode produces one complete spot/plug weld.

By removing the actual welding skills from the operation, there’s no need for the diver-welder to control parameters like travel speed, electrode angles, arc length, etc, as associated with conventional welding skills. There’s even no need to have good visibility as the diver doesn’t need to see or control an arc in the conventional sense. Even when visibility is poor high quality welds are produced time after time.

How is all this achieved?

By using our new control system (as seen) connected to the welding machine, this controls the welding operation. The process will penetrate the two materials required to be joined and then through the control unit the currents necessary to pierce and then fill the hole results in a spot/plug weld being formed, which has sufficiently penetrated both sets of material to form a sound joint, similar in principle to a rivet. The benefits include, no need for specific joint configurations and all the preparation that goes with them.

The size and frequency of welds can be determined by the formula as shown.

Image of the equation pi d squared over 4 (Area of a circle, with d as the diameter of the weld). Therefore, a single spot weld can offer the following strength:
Max load = Image of the equation pi d squared over 4 x shear strength. (Neglecting the bending moment).

Typically the shear strength is generally assumed to be 4/5 the ultimate tensile strength for most steels. The electrode has a tensile strength of 650N/mm2 and therefore will offer a shear strength of approx. 520 N/mm2. Therefore a 10.0mm diameter weld nugget will produce a max load capability of 40840 N per spot (40.84kN).

The control system which sits above water controls three things:
Peak current
Low current

The operator sets these in accordance with a set of guidelines calculated for thickness of material.

The 1st current value allows the electrode to pierce the material directly, creating a hole through which the materials can be joined together. During this operation the diver or indeed robot need only apply sufficient pressure to push the electrode through the materials to be joined. Absolutely no welding skills are required. After the first weld cycle is completed and the depth of penetration is achieved a 2nd current is automatically initiated which then allows the electrode to fill up this hole, thereby creating a spot/plug weld, which has penetrated both sections of material; thus creating a nugget/spot weld. The system can join materials up to a combined thickness of 32mm (1 1/4in) thick.

Although the process is not completely automatic, as after all the process is still ‘manual metal arc’, however,the skills necessary for a diver to produce a weld have been removed, as have many of the traditional preparations and environmental factors, which normally have such an influence on welding underwater. If this wasn’t enough the final weld quality is also improved, with the majority of the weld being confined within the through thickness of the material, factors such as erosion, corrosion are less of a concern. The heat-affected zone (HAZ) is smaller and the overall weld hardness is lower and the potential for weld defects are minimised.

Download the Hammerhead brochure as a PDF here