What Is a 5P Welding Rod?

By Lexa W. Lee; Updated April 24, 2017
Arc welding requires the use of welding rods to join the welding joint together.

A 5P welding rod is also known as an E6010 rod. It consists of an all-purpose filler metal designed for use with direct current (DC) and suitable for welding pipes.

Benefits

5P rods produce a stable welding arc that penetrates deeply with little spatter. These rods can be used to weld painted, greasy and rusty steel. They are also suitable for flat, overhead and vertical welding positions. The filler metal spreads well and sets quickly.

Features

5P rods, which have a coating consisting of high-cellulose sodium, are used with 220/440 volt DC welding machines. The rods are available in diameters of 1/8 inch and up, according to "Welder's Handbook" by Richard Finch.

Applications

5P rods are suitable for welding pipes, storage tanks and joints in buildings, bridges and ships. The rod has a tensile strength of 70,000 pounds per square inch, according to AMFiller.com.

About the Author

Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.