Specification for Underwater Welding

Supersedes ANSI/AWS D3.6-93

Prepared by

AWS Committee on Welding in Marine Construction Subcommittee on Underwater Welding

Under the Direction of AWS Technical Activities Committee

Approved by AWS Board of Directors


This specification covers the requirements for welding structures or components under the surface of water. It includes welding in both dry and wet environments. Sections 1 through 6 constitute the general requirements for underwater welding while sections 7 through 10 contain the special requirements applicable to four individual classes of weld: Class A—Comparable to above-water welding Class B—For less critical applications Class C—Where load bearing is not a primary consideration Class O—To meet the requirements of another designated code or specification

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