Abstract

This is a study of the suitability of preheat flame electrical resistance as a potential method for measuring the standoff distance an oxyfuel cutting torch and a work piece. Careful scrutiny of forty seven (47) individual experiments demonstrate that when cut quality is good, there is a linear repeatable relationship between the two with uncertainty about ± .3mm (.015in). As the cut quality degrades, the formation of top-edge dross reduces the electrical path length in the flame, and momentary reduction in the reaction rate in the kerf reduces the free electrons in the flame, causing rises in flame resistance. In these conditions, measurement uncertainty reduces to ± 1mm (.040in) or worse.

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