Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) process is generally used for industries, such as petroleum storage tanks, pressure vessels, and structural components.
Good mechanical properties of welded joint lead to crack-free strong joints. In this research, included angle, current, welding travel speed and arc voltage were utilized as welding parameters to weld ASTM A516 Grade 60 (low carbon steel). The experiments were carried out according to a design matrix that established by DOE (Version10) with RSM technique. Microhardness of welded samples was measured by a Digital Microhardness Tester, and then RSM technique was used to model and optimize the microhardness based on the welding parameters. The results showed that the including angle and welding current have a great effect on the microhardness. The optimum solution for minimum microhardness was found at 450 Amp welding current, 38 cpm welding speed, 34-volt arc voltage and included angle of 60⁰. The optimum value of microhardness was (186.7 HV). Eventually, the experimental and predicted results of microhardness were found in good agreement with 4.6%. maximum error.