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  1. Effects of titanium and zirconium on iron aluminide weldments

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    Mulac, B.L.; Edwards, G.R. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Center for Welding, Joining, and Coatings Research; Burt, R.P. [Alumax Technical Center, Golden, CO (United States); David, S.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.

    1997-12-01

    When gas-tungsten arc welded, iron aluminides form a coarse fusion zone microstructure which is susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement. Titanium inoculation effectively refined the fusion zone microstructure in iron aluminide weldments, but the inoculated weldments had a reduced fracture strength despite the presence of a finer microstructure. The weldments fractured by transgranular cleavage which nucleated at cracked second phase particles. With titanium inoculation, second phase particles in the fusion zone changed shape and also became more concentrated at the grain boundaries, which increased the particle spacing in the fusion zone. The observed decrease in fracture strength with titanium inoculation was attributed to increased spacing of second phase particles in the fusion zone. Current research has focused on the weldability of zirconium- and carbon-alloyed iron aluminides. Preliminary work performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has shown that zirconium and carbon additions affect the weldability of the alloy as well as the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of the weldments. A sigmajig hot cracking test apparatus has been constructed and tested at Colorado School of Mines. Preliminary characterization of hot cracking of three zirconium- and carbon-alloyed iron aluminides, each containing a different total concentration of zirconium at a constant zirconium/carbon ratio of ten, is in progress. Future testing will include low zirconium alloys at zirconium/carbon ratios of five and one, as well as high zirconium alloys (1.5 to 2.0 atomic percent) at zirconium/carbon ratios of ten to forty.

  2. CREEP AND CREEP-FATIGUE OF ALLOY 617 WELDMENTS

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    Wright, Jill; Carroll, Laura; Wright, Richard

    2014-08-01

    The Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Intermediate Heat Exchanger (IHX) may be joined to piping or other components by welding. Creep-fatigue deformation is expected to be a predominant failure mechanism of the IHX1 and thus weldments used in its fabrication will experience varying cyclic stresses interrupted by periods of elevated temperature deformation. These periods of elevated temperature deformation are greatly influenced by a materials’ creep behavior. The nickel-base solid solution strengthened alloy, Alloy 617, is the primary material candidate for a VHTR-type IHX, and it is expected that Alloy 617 filler metal will be used for welds. Alloy 617 is not yet been integrated into Section III of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, however, nuclear component design with Alloy 617 requires ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Code qualification. The Code will dictate design for welded construction through significant performance reductions. Despite the similar compositions of the weldment and base material, significantly different microstructures and mechanical properties are inevitable. Experience of nickel alloy welds in structural applications suggests that most high temperature failures occur at the weldments or in the heat-affected zone. Reliably guarding against this type of failure is particularly challenging at high temperatures due to the variations in the inelastic response of the constituent parts of the weldment (i.e., weld metal, heat-affected zone, and base metal) [ref]. This work focuses on the creep-fatigue behavior of nickel-based weldments, a need noted during the development of the draft Alloy 617 ASME Code Case. An understanding of Alloy 617 weldments when subjected to this important deformation mode will enable determination of the appropriate design parameters associated with their use. Specifically, the three main areas emphasized are the performance reduction due to a weld discontinuity in terms of the reduced number of

  3. Cavitation erosion behavior of nickel-aluminum bronze weldment

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    李小亚; 闫永贵; 许振明; 李建国

    2003-01-01

    Cavitation erosion behavior of nickel-aluminum bronze(NAB)weldment in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution was studied by magnetostrictive vibratory device for cavitation erosion.The results show that cavitation erosion resistance of the weld zone(WZ)of the weldment is superior to that of the base metal.SEM observation of eroded specimens reveals that the phases undergoing selective attack by the stress of cavitation erosion at the early stage of cavitation erosion are:martensite in the WZ,α phase in the heat-affected zone(HAZ)and eutectoidal phase in the base metal; the microcracks causing cavitation damage initiate at the phase boundaries.

  4. Numerical Fracture Analysis of Cryogenically Treated Alloy Steel Weldments

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    Rasool Mohideen, S.; Thamizhmanii, S.; Fatah, M. M. Muhammed Abdul; Saidin, W. Najmuddin W.

    2016-02-01

    Cryogenic treatment is being used commercially in the industries in the last two decades for improving the life of many engineering component such as bearings and cutting tools. Though their influence in improving the wear resistance of tool materials is well established, the effect of treatment on weldments is not much investigated. In the present work, a two dimensional finite element analysis was carried out on the compact tension specimen model for simulating the treatment process and to study the fracture behaviour. The weldments were modelled by thermo- mechanical coupled field analysis for simulating he temperature distribution in the model during weld pool cooling and introducing thermal stresses due to uneven contraction and cooling. The model was subjected to cryogenic treatment by adopting radiation effect. The fracture analysis was carried out using Rice's J- Integral approach. The analysis produced a similar outcome of experimental results i.e. Increase in the fracture toughness of the specimen after cryogenic treatment in the heat affected zone of weldment.

  5. 16 CFR Figure 2 to Subpart A of... - Cyclone Receiver Weldment

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    2010-01-01

    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Cyclone Receiver Weldment 2 Figure 2 to Subpart A of Part 1209 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT... to Subpart A of Part 1209—Cyclone Receiver Weldment EC03OC91.032...

  6. Studies on the weldability, microstructure and mechanical properties of activated flux TIG weldments of Inconel 718

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    Ramkumar, K. Devendranath, E-mail: ramdevendranath@gmail.com; Kumar, B. Monoj; Krishnan, M. Gokul; Dev, Sidarth; Bhalodi, Aman Jayesh; Arivazhagan, N.; Narayanan, S.

    2015-07-15

    This research article addresses the joining of 5 mm thick plates of Inconel 718 by activated flux tungsten inert gas (A-TIG) welding process using SiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} fluxes. Microstructure studies inferred the presence of Nb rich eutectics and/or laves phase in the fusion zone of the A-TIG weldments. Tensile studies corroborated that the ultimate tensile strength of TiO{sub 2} flux assisted weldments (885 MPa) was better compared to SiO{sub 2} flux assisted weldments (815 MPa) and the failure was observed in the parent metal for both the cases. Impact test results portrayed that both the weldments were inferior in toughness as compared to the parent metal, which was due to the presence of oxide inclusions. Also, the study investigated the structure–property relationships of the A-TIG weldments of Inconel 718.

  7. Temperature and distortion transients in gas tungsten-arc weldments

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    Glickstein, S.S.; Friedman, E.

    1979-10-01

    An analysis and test program to develop a fundamental understanding of the gas tungsten-arc welding process has been undertaken at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory to develop techniques to determine and control the various welding parameters and weldment conditions so as to result in optimum weld response characteristics. These response characteristics include depth of penetration, weld bead configuration, weld bead sink and roll, distortion, and cracking sensitivity. The results are documented of that part of the program devoted to analytical and experimental investigations of temperatures, weld bead dimensions, and distortions for moving gas tungsten-arc welds applied to Alloy 600 plates.

  8. Phased array ultrasonic inspection of Friction Stir Weldments

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    Lamarre, André; Moles, Michael; Lupien, Vincent

    2000-05-01

    Phased array ultrasonic inspection methods have been developed for the rapid inspection of Friction Stir Weldments (FSW) on Delta rocket cryogenic tanks. A comprehensive review was performed to identify NDE methods that are suitable for the detection of defects in this new welding process. The search included a review of traditional and advanced NDE methods that were capable of demonstrating both the sensitivity and inspection rates required for this examination. This paper will discuss the theory behind phased array techniques, fundamentals of several probe designs for FSW configurations, and the advantages of using phased arrays over conventional NDE methods for this applications.

  9. Effect of beam oscillation on fatigue life of Ti-6Al-4V electron beam weldments

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    Babu, N. Kishore [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai (India); Raman, S. Ganesh Sundara [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai (India)], E-mail: ganesh@iitm.ac.in; Murthy, C. V. Srinivasa [Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad (India); Reddy, G. Madhusudhan [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad (India)

    2007-12-15

    The present study deals with the effect of beam oscillation technique using elliptical waveform on fatigue life of Ti-6Al-4V electron beam weldments. Autogenous full penetration bead-on-plate electron beam welds were made with and without beam oscillation. Some welds were subjected to post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) at two different temperatures (700 and 900 deg. C). Room temperature hardness, tensile properties and fatigue life of the weldments in the as-welded and PWHT conditions were studied and correlated with the microstructure. The beam oscillated weldments exhibited lower strength (hardness) compared to those made without beam oscillation. This was attributed to wider diffusional {alpha} plates in the beam oscillated welds due to lower cooling rates. The beam oscillated weldments exhibited inferior fatigue lives compared with unoscillated weldments owing to the presence of wider {alpha} platelets in the former. As the width of {alpha} platelets in the weldments subjected to PWHT at 700 deg. C was smaller than that in the weldments subjected to PWHT at 900 deg. C, they exhibited longer fatigue lives.

  10. Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of Low Carbon Steel Weldments

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    Mohamed Mahdy

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This research involves studying the mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of “low carbon steel” (0.077wt% C before and after welding using Arc, MIG and TIG welding. The mechanical properties include testing of microhardness, tensile strength, the results indicate that microhardness of TIG, MIG welding is more than arc welding, while tensile strength in arc welding more than TIG and MIG.The corrosion behavior of low carbon weldments was performed by potentiostat at scan rate 3mV.sec-1 in 3.5% NaCl to show the polarization resistance and calculate the corrosion rate from data of linear polarization by “Tafel extrapolation method”. The results indicate that the TIG welding increase the corrosion current density and anodic Tafel slop, while decrease the polarization resistance compared with unwelded low carbon steel. Cyclic polarization were measured to show resistance of specimens to pitting corrosion and to calculate the forward and reveres potentials. The results show shifting the forward, reverse and pitting potentials toward active direction for weldments samples compared with unwelded sample.

  11. Simulation and experiments of ultrasonic propagation in nickel-based alloy weldments

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    2008-01-01

    In order to obtain good understanding of complicated beam propagation behaviors in nickel-based alloy weldments, ray tracing simulation is established to predict the ultrasonic beam path in a special welded structure of dissimilar steels. Also experimental examinations are carried out to measure the ultrasonic beam paths in the weldment. Then comparisons of the modeling predictions with experimental results are presented to reveal the complicated beam propagation behaviors.

  12. Characterization of preheated and non-preheated HY-80 steel weldments by transmission electron microscopy

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    Clark, David Richard

    1983-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution in unlimited. Preheating HY-80 steel weldments is standard procedure, but it is an expensive and time consuming step in the fabrication of hull structures. The microstructures and hardness profiles of both a preheated (250 F--121 C) and a non-preheated (32 F--0 C) HY-80 steel weldment were studied to provide information and allow comparisons of the microstructural transformations that occur in the heat affected zone during shielded metal arc weldin...

  13. An Investigation of the Mechanical Properties of a Weldment of 7% Nickel Alloy Steels

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    Jeong Yeol Park

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available During the last decade, the demand for natural gas has steadily increased for the prevention of environmental pollution. For this reason, many liquefied natural gas (LNG carriers have been manufactured. Since one of the most important issues in the design of LNG carriers is to guarantee structural safety, the use of low-temperature materials is increasing. Among commonly employed low-temperature materials, nickel steel has many benefits such as good strength and outstanding corrosion resistance. Accordingly, nickel steels are one of the most commonly used low-temperature steels for LNG storage tanks. However, the study of fracture toughness with various welding consumables of 7% nickel alloy steel is insufficient for ensuring the structural safety of LNG storage tanks. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate fracture toughness of several different weldments for 7% nickel alloy steels. The weldment of 7% nickel alloy steel was fabricated by tungsten inert gas (TIG, flux cored arc welding (FCAW, and gas metal arc welding (GMAW. In order to assess the material performance of the weldments at low temperature, fracture toughness such as crack tip opening displacement (CTOD and the absorbed impact energy of weldments were compared with those of 9% nickel steel weldments.

  14. Effect of tritium and decay helium on the fracture toughness properties of stainless steel weldments

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    Morgan, M. J.; West, S.; Tosten, M. H. [Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC (United States)

    2008-07-15

    J-Integral fracture toughness tests were conducted on tritium-exposed-and- aged Types 304L and 21-6-9 stainless steel weldments in order to measure the combined effects of tritium and its decay product, helium-3 on the fracture toughness properties. Initially, weldments have fracture toughness values about three times higher than base-metal values. Delta-ferrite phase in the weld microstructure improved toughness provided no tritium was present in the microstructure. After a tritium-exposure-and-aging treatment that resulted in {approx}1400 atomic parts per million (appm) dissolved tritium, both weldments and base metals had their fracture toughness values reduced to about the same level. The tritium effect was greater in weldments (67 % reduction vs. 37% reduction) largely because the ductile discontinuous delta-ferrite phase was embrittled by tritium and decay helium. For both base metals and weldments, fracture toughness values decreased with increasing decay helium content in the range tested (50-800 appm). (authors)

  15. Effect of Laser Surface Melting on the Microstructure and Pitting Corrosion Resistance of 304L SS Weldment

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    Suresh, Girija; Dasgupta, Arup; Kishor, P. S. V. R. A.; Upadhyay, B. N.; Saravanan, T.; Mallika, C.; Mudali, U. Kamachi

    2017-10-01

    The manuscript presents the effect of laser surface melting (LSM) on the microstructural variations and pitting corrosion resistance of 304L SS weldment fabricated by gas tungsten arc welding of 304L SS plates using 308L SS filler wire. The weld region was examined by X-ray radiography for defect detection. LSM of 304L SS weldment was performed using Nd:YAG pulsed laser. Microstructural evaluation was carried out using optical and electron back scatter diffraction techniques. The microstructure of 304L SS base was found to be austenitic, while the weld region of 304L SS weldment contained delta ferrite distributed in austenite matrix. The microstructure of LSM 304L SS weldment was found to be homogeneous austenite matrix with sparsely distributed ferrite. Ferrite measurements showed a decrease in the percentage ferrite in the fusion zone of 304L SS weldment after LSM. A profound enhancement in the pitting corrosion resistance was observed after LSM, which could be attributed to the homogeneous microstructure and decrease in the ferrite content. Pit density was found to be higher in the heat-affected zone of the weldment. Very few pits were observed in the LSM 304L SS weldment compared to the as-weldment.

  16. Creep and Creep-Fatigue of Alloy 617 Weldments

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    Wright, Jill K. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Carroll, Laura J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Wright, Richard N. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-08-01

    Alloy 617 is the primary candidate material for the heat exchanger of a very high temperature gas cooled reactor intended to operate up to 950°C. While this alloy is currently qualified in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for non-nuclear construction, it is not currently allowed for use in nuclear designs. A draft Code Case to qualify Alloy 617 for nuclear pressure boundary applications was submitted in 1992, but was withdrawn prior to approval. Prior to withdrawal of the draft, comments were received indicating that there was insufficient knowledge of the creep and creep-fatigue behavior of Alloy 617 welds. In this report the results of recent experiments and analysis of the creep-rupture behavior of Alloy 617 welds prepared using the gas tungsten arc process with Alloy 617 filler wire. Low cycle fatigue and creep-fatigue properties of weldments are also discussed. The experiments cover a range of temperatures from 750 to 1000°C to support development of a new Code Case to qualify the material for elevated temperature nuclear design. Properties of the welded material are compared to results of extensive characterization of solution annealed plate base metal.

  17. Corrosion leaking of preheater weldment in alumina factories

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    ZHANG Li; CHEN Wen-mi; GONG Zhu-qing; LIU Hong-zhao

    2005-01-01

    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and anticorrosion measures of TU42C weld-joint were studied by constant load experiments and pickling experiments. The results show that in 40%(mass fraction) NaOH solution at 110 ℃, caustic SCC occurs in TU42C weld-joints at the applied potential of -1 020 mV(vs SCE) for 3 d while at the potential of -950 mV(vs SCE) for 10 d. All the cracks are intergranular. In the 10% sulfuric acid, the cracks have the most negative self-corrosion potential -432.5 mV(vs SCE) and are active to be further corroded by the acid. Because of the same corrosion behaviour as the lab weldment, preheater's cracking in alumina factories is attributed to the combining actions of previous caustic SCC in Bayer solutions and continuous acid corrosion by pickling with the addition of RD. The following measures are effective to prevent the corrosion failure of preheater, such as postweld heat treatment at 620 ℃ to relax the residual weld stress, addition of CC3 and L826 as the corrosion inhibitors to improve the pickling and cleaning by the high pressure water instead of by pickling.

  18. Investigation on the Recent Research Trend in the Corrosion Behaviour of Stainless Steel Weldment

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    Kim, Hwan Tae; Kil, Sang Cheol [Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hwang, Woon Suk [Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-06-15

    The research trend in the corrosion behaviour of stainless steel weldment has been reviewed. The welding technology plays an important role in the fabrication of structure such as chemical plant, power plant, because welding can influence various factors in the performance of plant and equipment. This has led to an increasing attention towards the corrosion behaviour of weldment which has been one of the major issues for both welding and corrosion research engineers. The aim of this paper is to give a short survey of the recent technical trends of welding and corrosion including the electrochemical corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and corrosion fatigue in connection with the welding materials, welding process, and welding fabrication. This study covers the corrosion behaviour of stainless steel weldment collected from the COMPENDEX DB analysis of published papers, research subject and research institutes.

  19. Three-dimensional temperature history of a multipass, filled weldment. Part 1

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    Kleinschmidt, D.E.; Trinh, T.; Troiano, R.A.

    1976-10-27

    A conceptual model is developed for the three-dimensional temperature history of a multipass, filled weldment. Property variations with temperature and phase change are included. A mathematical model and finite difference equations are derived from the conceptual model and a solution procedure for the equations is presented.

  20. Process Management Development for Quality Monitoring on Resistance Weldment of Nuclear Fuel Rods

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    Na, Tae Hyung; Yang, Kyung Hwan; Kim, In Kyu [KEPCO, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    The current, welding force, and displacement are displayed on the indicator during welding. However, real-time quality control is not performed. Due to the importance of fuel rod weldment, many studies on welding procedures have been conducted. However, there are not enough studies regarding weldment quality evaluation. On the other hand, there are continuous studies on the monitoring and control of welding phenomena. In resistance welding, which is performed in a very short time, it is important to find the process parameters that well represent the weld zone formation and the welding process. In his study, Gould attempted to analyze melt zone formation using the finite difference method. Using the artificial neural network, Javed and Sanders, Messler Jr et al., Cho and Rhee, Li and Gong et al. estimated the size of the melt zone by mapping a nonlinear functional relation between the weldment and the electrode head movement, which is a typical welding process parameter. Applications of the artificial intelligence method include fuzzy control using electrode displacement, fuzzy control using the optimal power curve, neural network control using the dynamic resistance curve, fuzzy adaptive control using the optimal electrode curve, etc. Therefore, this study induced quality factors for the real-time quality control of nuclear fuel rod end plug weldment using instantaneous dynamic resistance (IDR), which incorporates the instantaneous value of secondary current and voltage of the transformer, and using instantaneous dynamic force (IDF), obtained real-time during welding.

  1. Distribution of Inherent Strains and Residual Stresses in Medium Thickness Plate Weldment

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    2001-01-01

    A fundamental theory for the analysis of residual weldingstresses and deformation based on the inherent strain distribution along the welded joint is introduced. Distribution of inherent strains and longitudinal residual stresses in medium thickness plate weldment is calculated and analyzed.A new method of calculating inherent strains and longitudinal residual stresses is proposed.

  2. Influence of magnetic arc oscillation and current pulsing on microstructure and high temperature tensile strength of alloy 718 TIG weldments

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    Sivaprasad, K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India); Ganesh Sundara Raman, S. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India)]. E-mail: ganesh@iitm.ac.in; Mastanaiah, P. [Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad (India); Madhusudhan Reddy, G. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad (India)

    2006-07-25

    The aim of the present work is to study the effect of magnetic arc oscillation and current pulsing on the microstructure and high temperature tensile strength of alloy 718 tungsten inert gas weldments. The magnetic arc oscillation technique resulted in refined Laves phase with lesser interconnectivity. The full benefits of current pulsing in breaking the dendrites could not be realized in the present study due to relatively higher heat input used in the welding process. In the direct aged condition weldments prepared using magnetic arc oscillation technique exhibited higher tensile strength due to the presence of refined and lesser-interconnected Laves particles. In the solution treated and aged condition, magnetic arc oscillated weldments exhibited lower tensile strength compared with the weldments made without arc oscillation due to the presence of large amounts of finer {delta} needles.

  3. Microstructure and properties degradation of P/T 91, 92 steels weldments in creep conditions

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    Falat L.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The studies were performed on dissimilar ferritic/austenitic weldments between 9Cr tempered martensitic steels of the grades either P/T 91 or 92 and unstabilised AISI316H austenitic steel. The welded joints were fabricated using the fusion welding by tungsten inert gas (TIG method with Ni-based filler metal. Microstructural analyses were performed using light and electron microscopy. Microstructural gradient in heat-affected zone (HAZ of 9Cr steels remained preserved during creep exposure. All weldments fractured by the type IV failure within their intercritical HAZ (ICHAZ regions. The most remarkable microstructural change during creep was the precipitation of intermetallic Laves phase. Experimentally determined phases of the samples after creep exposure are in good agreement with equilibrium thermodynamic calculations.

  4. DIMENSIONAL INSTABILITY OF LD31 Al ALLOY WELDMENTS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AND AFTER THERMAL CYCLES

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    X.S. Liu; H.Y. Fang; W.L. Xu; X.T. Tian; X.D. Sun

    2004-01-01

    The unstable dimensional distortion of LD31 aluminum alloy weldments at room temperature and after thermal cycles was studied by use of light interference and CMM(three-coordinate measuring machines). At the same time, distortion mechanism was analyzed from the viewpoint of mechanics and microstructure. Experimental results show that there exists obvious difference of unstable dimensional distortion between LD31 welded specimens under two conditions mentioned above. Under room temperature, dimensional variation of welded specimens will decrease gradually and finally tends to be stable during 200h after welding. The relative elongation of welded specimen is 3.0×10-5; After thermal cycles, distortion of welded specimen is much larger than that at room temperature. After 11 thermal cycles, the dimension will tend to be stable. Dimensional unstable distortion of weldments mainly results from temperature condition, microstructure variation and relaxation of welding residual stress.

  5. Image segmentation of small defects in precision weldments with complex structure

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    Shi Duanhu; Gang Tie; Yuan Yuan; Yang Shuangyang

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, the X-ray nondestructive test method of small defects in precision weldments with complex structure was presented. To resolve the difficulty of defect segmentation in variable grey image, the image processing based on Visual Basic programming method was adopted. The methods of automatic contrast and partial grey stretch were used to enhance the X-ray detection image which has relatively low contrast, then automatic threshold method was carried out to segment the two high intensity zones, and weld zones which contain the small defects was extracted. Smoothing and sharpen processing were proceeded on the extracted weld zones, and small defects in X-ray detection image of weldments with complex structure were segmented by using the method of background subtraction in the end. The effects of raster were eliminated, and because of that the image processing was only proceeded on the extracted weld zones, the calculated speed using the above provided algorithm was improved.

  6. Dimensional instability of LF21 aluminum alloy weldments at room temperature and after thermal cycles

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    刘雪松; 田锡唐; 徐文立

    2002-01-01

    The unstable dimensional distortion of LF21 aluminum alloy weldments at room temperature and after thermal cycles was studied by use of light interference and CMM. At the same time, distortion mechanism was analyzed from the viewpoint of mechanics and microstructure. Experimental results show that there exists obvious difference of unstable dimensional distortion between LF21 welded specimens under two conditions mentioned above. Under room temperature, dimensional variation of welded specimens will decrease gradually and finally tends to be stable during 130 h after welding. The relative elongation of welded specimen is 4.2×10-5. After thermal cycles, distortion of welded specimen is much larger than that at room temperature. After 11 thermal cycles, the dimension will tend to be stable. Dimensional unstable distortion of weldments mainly results from temperature condition, microstructure variation and relaxation of welding residual stress.

  7. Numerical simulation on bucking distortion of aluminum alloy thin-plate weldment

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    Jun LI; Jian-guo YANG; Ha-Mong LI; De-jun YAN; Hong-yuan FANG

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the welding residual distortion of aluminum alloy thin plates is predicted using the elasticity-plasticity finite element method (FEM). The factors contributing to the welding buckling distortion of thin plates are studied by investigating the formation and evolution process of welding stresses. Results of experi-ments and numerical simulations show that the buckling appearance of thin-plate aluminum alloy weldments is asymmetrical in the welding length direction, and the maximum longitudinal deflection appears at the position a certain distance from the middle point of the side edge towards the arc-starting end. The angular deformation direction of thin-plate weldments is not fixed, and such case as the angular deformation value of the arc-starting end being higher than that of the arc-blowout end exists.

  8. Susceptibility to Hot Cracking and Weldment Heat Treatment of Haynes 230 Superalloy

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    C.M.Cheng; C.P.Chou; I.K.Lee; I.C.Kuo

    2006-01-01

    This study investigates the susceptibility of hot cracking and weldment heat treatment of Haynes 230 superalloy.The Varestriant test was conducted to evaluate this susceptibility. Welding was performed by gas tungsten arc welding(GTAW)and plasma arc welding(PAW)with stress relief heat treatment and solid solution heat treatment. A tensile test is then performed to measure the changes in the mechanical properties of the heattreated material. The results indicate that the number of thermal cycles does not affect the susceptibility of Haynes 230 superalloy to hot cracking. However, it does increase the strain. In weldment of heat treatment,stress relief annealing increases the yield strength and tensile strength of the welded parts. The section of the tensile specimens shows fibrous fractures on the welded parts, regardless of whether they are heat-treated.

  9. Characterization of the Type Ⅳ crack in high Cr steel weldments

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    2005-01-01

    The weldments for several types of high Cr ferritic steels were investigated to understand the fracture mechanism of the Type Ⅳ crack. The creep testing shows that the Type Ⅳ cracking is more likely to occur at the lower stress level, whereas at the higher stress level the crack shifts towards parent metal. The microstructures observed in the HAZ for all the materials are mostly tempered lath martensites. There was no δ ferrites found in all creep specimens.

  10. TIG Dressing Effects on Weld Pores and Pore Cracking of Titanium Weldments

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    Hui-Jun Yi

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Weld pores redistribution, the effectiveness of using tungsten inert gas (TIG dressing to remove weld pores, and changes in the mechanical properties due to the TIG dressing of Ti-3Al-2.5V weldments were studied. Moreover, weld cracks due to pores were investigated. The results show that weld pores less than 300 μm in size are redistributed or removed via remelting due to TIG dressing. Regardless of the temperature condition, TIG dressing welding showed ductility, and there was a loss of 7% tensile strength of the weldments. Additionally, it was considered that porosity redistribution by TIG dressing was due to fluid flow during the remelting of the weld pool. Weld cracks in titanium weldment create branch cracks around pores that propagate via the intragranular fracture, and oxygen is dispersed around the pores. It is suggested that the pore locations around the LBZ (local brittle zone and stress concentration due to the pores have significant effects on crack initiation and propagation.

  11. Reactor Materials Program: Mechanical properties of irradiated Types 304 and 304L stainless steel weldment components

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    Sindelar, R.L.; Caskey, G.R. Jr.

    1991-12-01

    The vessels (reactor tanks) of the Savannah River Site nuclear production reactors constructed in the 1950`s are comprised of Type 304 stainless steel with Type 308 stainless steel weld filler. Irradiation exposure to the reactor tank sidewalls through reactor operation has caused a change in the mechanical properties of these materials. A database of as-irradiated mechanical properties for site-specific materials and irradiation conditions has been produced for reactor tank structural analyses and to quantify the effects of radiation-induced materials degradation for evaluating reactor service life. The data has been collected from the SRL Reactor Materials Program (RMP) irradiations and testing of archival stainless steel weldment components and from previous SRL programs to measure properties of irradiated reactor Thermal Shield weldments and reactor tank (R-tank) sidewall material. Irradiation programs of the RMP are designed to quantify mechanical properties at tank operating temperatures following irradiation to present and future tank wall maximum exposure conditions. The exposure conditions are characterized in terms of fast neutron fluence (E{sub n} > 0.1 MeV) and displacements per atom (dpa){sup 3}. Tensile properties, Charpy-V notch toughness, and elastic-plastic fracture toughness were measured for base, weld, and weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) weldment components from archival piping specimens following a Screening Irradiation in the University of Buffalo Reactor (UBR) and following a Full-Term Irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).

  12. Reactor Materials Program: Mechanical properties of irradiated Types 304 and 304L stainless steel weldment components

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    Sindelar, R.L.; Caskey, G.R. Jr.

    1991-12-01

    The vessels (reactor tanks) of the Savannah River Site nuclear production reactors constructed in the 1950's are comprised of Type 304 stainless steel with Type 308 stainless steel weld filler. Irradiation exposure to the reactor tank sidewalls through reactor operation has caused a change in the mechanical properties of these materials. A database of as-irradiated mechanical properties for site-specific materials and irradiation conditions has been produced for reactor tank structural analyses and to quantify the effects of radiation-induced materials degradation for evaluating reactor service life. The data has been collected from the SRL Reactor Materials Program (RMP) irradiations and testing of archival stainless steel weldment components and from previous SRL programs to measure properties of irradiated reactor Thermal Shield weldments and reactor tank (R-tank) sidewall material. Irradiation programs of the RMP are designed to quantify mechanical properties at tank operating temperatures following irradiation to present and future tank wall maximum exposure conditions. The exposure conditions are characterized in terms of fast neutron fluence (E{sub n} > 0.1 MeV) and displacements per atom (dpa){sup 3}. Tensile properties, Charpy-V notch toughness, and elastic-plastic fracture toughness were measured for base, weld, and weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) weldment components from archival piping specimens following a Screening Irradiation in the University of Buffalo Reactor (UBR) and following a Full-Term Irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).

  13. IMPROVEMENT OF TYPE IV CRACKING RESISTANCE OF 9Cr HEAT RESISTING STEEL WELDMENT BY BORON ADDITION

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    M.Tabuchi; M.Kondo; T.Watanabe; H.Hongo; F.Yin; F.Abe

    2004-01-01

    Creep lives of high Cr ferritic heat resisting steel weldments decrease due to Type IV fracture, which occurs as a result of formation and growth of creep voids and cracks on grain boundaries in fine-grained heat affected zone (HAZ). Because boron is considered to suppress the coarsening of grain boundary precipitates and growth of creep voids, we have investigated the effect of boron addition on the creep properties of 9Cr steel weldments. Four kinds of 9Cr3W3CoVNb steels with boron content varying from 4.7×10-5 to 1.8×10-4 and with nitrogen as low as 2.0×10-5 were prepared.The steel plates were welded by gas tungsten arc welding and crept at 923K. It was found that the microstructures of HAZ were quite different from those of conventional high Cr steels such as P91 and P92, namely the fine-grained HAZ did not exist in the present steel weldments. Boron addition also has the effect to suppress coarsening of grain boundary carbides in HAZ during creep. As a result of these phenomena,the welded joints of present steels showed no Type IV fractures and much better creep lives than those of conventional steels.

  14. Mechanical properties of 9Cr–1W reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel weldment prepared by electron beam welding process

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    Das, C.R., E-mail: chitta@igcar.gov.in [Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Albert, S.K. [Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Sam, Shiju [Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar (India); Mastanaiah, P. [Defense Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad (India); Chaitanya, G.M.S.K.; Bhaduri, A.K.; Jayakumar, T. [Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Murthy, C.V.S. [Defense Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad (India); Kumar, E. Rajendra [Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar (India)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Width of HAZ is smaller in the 9Cr–1W RAFM weldment prepared by EB process compared to that reported for TIG weldments in literature. • Weld joint is stronger than that of the base metal. • Toughness of weld metal prepared by EB welding process is comparable to that (in PWHT condition) prepared by TIG process. • DBTT of as-welded 9Cr–1W RAFM weldment prepared by EB process is comparable to that reported for TIG weld metal in PWHT condition. - Abstract: Microstructure and mechanical properties of the weldments prepared from 9Cr–1W reduced activation ferritic martensitic (RAFM) steel using electron beam welding (EBW) process were studied. Microstructure consists of tempered lath martensite where precipitates decorating the boundaries in post weld heat treated (PWHT) condition. Lath and precipitate sizes were found to be finer in the weld metal than in base metal. Accordingly, hardness of the weld metal was found to be higher than the base metal. Tensile strength of the cross weldment specimen was 684 MPa, which was comparable with the base metal tensile strength of 670 MPa. On the other hand, DBTT of 9Cr–1W weld metal in as-welded condition is similar to that reported for TIG weld metal in PWHT condition.

  15. Interplay of microbiological corrosion and alloy microstructure in stress corrosion cracking of weldments of advanced stainless steels

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    R K Singh Raman

    2003-06-01

    This paper presents an overview of the phenomenon of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of duplex stainless steels and their weldments in marine environments and the potential role of microbial activity in inducing SCC susceptibility. As a precursor to the topic the paper also reviews the performance of the traditional corrosion-resistant alloys and their weldments and the necessity of using duplex stainless steels (DSS), in order to alleviate corrosion problems in marine environments. Given that the performance of weldments of such steels is often unsatisfactory, this review also assesses the research needs in this area. In this context the paper also discusses the recent reports on the role of microorganisms in inducing hydrogen embrittlements and corrosion fatigue.

  16. THE EFFECT OF SHIELDING-GAS COMPOSITIONS ON THE MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL WELDMENTS

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    Ramazan YILMAZ

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Recently, austenitic stainless steel is becoming very important and widely used in the industry due to their superior properties. Therefore, welding process of those has gained popularity in the construction of stainless steel. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW processes are easily used and more suitable compared with the other welding process for the austenitic stainless steel welding applications. In this study, the effect of shielding gases used in the welding process on the microstructure and mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel weldments has been investigated using the knowledge available in the literature. It is stressed in the study that shielding-gas composition has great influence on the microstructure and mechanical properties of stainless steel weldment. The gases of Ar+H2, Ar+CO2, Ar+N2 used for welding process effects on microstructure therefore, mechanical properties of weldments.

  17. Modeling of residual stress mitigation in austenitic stainless steel pipe girth weldment

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    Li, M.; Atteridge, D.G.; Anderson, W.E. [Oregon Graduate Inst., Portland, OR (United States); West, S.L. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)

    1994-03-01

    This study provides numerical procedures to model 40-cm-diameter, schedule 40, Type 304L stainless steel pipe girth welding and a newly proposed post-weld treatment. The treatment can be used to accomplish the goal of imparting compressive residual stresses at the inner surface of a pipe girth weldment to prevent/retard the intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) of the piping system in nuclear reactors. This new post-weld treatment for mitigating residual stresses is cooling stress improvement (CSI). The concept of CSI is to establish and maintain a certain temperature gradient across the pipe wall thickness to change the final stress state. Thus, this process involves sub-zero low temperature cooling of the inner pipe surface of a completed girth weldment, while simultaneously keeping the outer pipe surface at a slightly elevated temperature with the help of a certain heating method. Analyses to obtain quantitative results on pipe girth welding and CSI by using a thermo-elastic-plastic finite element model are described in this paper. Results demonstrate the potential effectiveness of CSI for introducing compressive residual stresses to prevent/retard IGSCC. Because of the symmetric nature of CSI, it shows great potential for industrial application.

  18. The relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties of ferritic chromium steel weldments

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    Mayr, Peter; Cerjak, Horst [Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria); Toda, Yoshiaki; Hara, Toru; Abe, Fujio [National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)

    2008-07-01

    Welding as the major joining and repair technology for steels in thermal power plants has a significant influence on the steels microstructure and, therefore, on its properties. Heat-resistant martensitic 9-12% chromium steels show an affinity to the retention of delta ferrite in the heat-affected zone of their weldments. This is related to their high level of ferrite stabilizing alloying elements such as Cr, W or Mo. Retained delta ferrite in martensitic steel grades has a significant negative influence on creep strength, fatigue strength, toughness and oxidation resistance. In the long-term range of creep exposure, many weldments of martensitic heatresistant steels fail by Type IV cracking in the fine-grained region of the heat-affected zone. In this work, the formation of the heat-affected zone microstructures in martensitic chromium steels is studied by in-situ X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation, optical microscopy as well as most advanced electron microscopical methods. The observed microstructure is directly linked to the mechanical properties, i.e. ductility, toughness and creep strength. Characteristic failure modes are discussed in detail. (orig.)

  19. A study of weldability and fracture modes in electron beam weldments of AZ series magnesium alloys

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    Chi, C.-T. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China) and System Manufacturing Center, Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, PO Box 90008-14, Sanxia 237, Taipei, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: joseph.mse92g@nctu.edu.tw; Chao, C.-G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: c_g_chao@hotmail.com; Liu, T.-F. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: coe@cc.nctu.edu.tw; Wang, C.-C. [Graduate School of Industrial Design and Architecture, Shih-Chien University, Taipei 104, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: zcwang@mail.usc.edu.tw

    2006-11-05

    Given the growing need for environmental protection and lightweight construction, electron beam welding (EBW) is becoming the most important welding technology because it can compensate for the poor formability of magnesium alloys. This paper examines interactions between the properties of three AZ series magnesium alloys and welding conditions. The EBW process can yield four kinds of defect in a weld: cavities, the heat-affected zone (HAZ), undercuts, and root concavities. These defects obviously induce stress concentrations in the weld, and may seriously damage its strength. Additionally, the distribution of precipitates ({gamma} phase, Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12}) in the fusion zone (FZ) changes from a relatively small number of scattered particles to a dense population of dendrites as the Al content of the magnesium alloy increases. Under excessive tensile stress, alloy weldments break in one of two fracture modes: an irregular FZ fracture, or a regular HAZ fracture. AZ31B usually exhibits the former mode and AZ91D the latter, while AZ61A exhibits each mode half the time. The overall weldability, which depends on the random distribution of these precipitates and defects, is found to be greatest for the AZ61A alloy. The best process window, on the other hand, is found for the AZ91D alloy. Finally, we obtain optimum parameters for the EBW process and empirical formulae for the weldment strength as a function of these parameters. These results are closely related to each other.

  20. ON FATIGUE CRACK PATH DEVIATION AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE IN ELECTRON BEAM REPAIRED WELDMENTS OF TURBINE DISK

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    H.Q. Zhang; H.Y. Zhao; Y.H. Zhang; L.H. Li; X.A. Zhang

    2004-01-01

    Fatigue crack growth behaviors in electron beam weldments of a nickel-base superalloy are studied. The objective of this paper is to discuss effects of the inhomogeneity of mechanical performance on fatigue crack growth (FCG) rate and crack path deviation (CPD). The base metal served in a turbine disk of aerospace engine was selected to fabricate bead-on-plate weldments by using electron beam welding. Some wedge-type opening loading specimens, notched in three different zone of weld metal, HAZ and base metal, were employed and performed fatigue crack growth tests at 650℃. The results show that the fatigue crack growth of electron beam welded joints is instable due to the influence of mechanical heterogeneities. Owing to the crack deviation at the weld metal and hcat-affected-zone (HAZ), the effective growth driving force at the tip of fatigue crack was reduced with the reduction of the effective stress intensity factor (SIF) which finally causes fatigue crack rate decrease. Fatigue crack was strongly affected by size and the symmetrical characteristics of the plastic zone at the crack tip, which means that the integrity of the welded structure containing the fatigue crack mainly depended on the toughness of the low strength zone.

  1. Effects of Nb on the microstructure and corrosive property in the Alloy 690-SUS 304L weldment

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    Jeng, S.L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: sl_jeng@hotmail.com; Lee, H.T. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: htlee@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Rehbach, W.P. [Central Facility for Electron Microscopy, Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) (Germany)]. E-mail: rehbach@gfe.rwth-aachen.de; Kuo, T.Y. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southern Taiwan University of Technology, Tainan 710, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: tykuo@mail.stut.edu.tw; Weirich, T.E. [Central Facility for Electron Microscopy, Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) (Germany); Mayer, J.P. [Central Facility for Electron Microscopy, Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) (Germany)

    2005-04-25

    A study of the microstructure and corrosion of dissimilar weldments of Alloy 690 and SUS 304L with various additions of niobium (Nb) (0.1, 1.03, 2.49, and 3.35% by weight) in the flux of coated electrodes is presented. With identical welding parameters and procedures, the weldments were butt-welded in three layers by shielding metal arc welding (SMAW), with each layer being deposited in a single pass. The results show that the dendritic microstructure in the fusion zone changed from a cellular to columnar dendrite and equiaxed dendrite with increasing Nb addition. Furthermore, the interdendritic phase increased in volume and changed in composition from an Al-Ti oxide to a mixture of Nb-Si phase and Nb-rich phase. Nevertheless, it was clearly observed that Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3} precipitated at the grain boundaries of the low Nb weldment root pass. Finally, the results revealed that corrosion occurs primarily at the grain boundaries and within the interdendritic regions of the weldements irrespective of the level of Nb addition. For the region of abundant formation of Nb-rich phase, the high-Nb weldment had a relatively low corrosion resistance.

  2. Effects of Filler Metal Composition on Inclusions and Inclusion Defects for ER NiCrFe-7 Weldments

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    Wenlin Mo; Shanping Lu; Dianzhong Li; Yiyi Li

    2013-01-01

    The effects of filler metal (FM) composition on inclusions and inclusion defects for ER NiCrFe-7 weldments have been investigated and analyzed.Results show that as Al,Ti content in FM increases from 0.14 wt% Al,0.30 wt% Ti to 0.42 wt% Al,0.92 wt% Ti,the Al,Ti reduction will increase during welding.Inclusion defects (point-like defects named by welding workers) are prone to form in the high Al,Ti content weldments.Inclusion defects with Mg,Ca,Al,and Ti as major metallic elements have been found on the surface and interior of the weldments,as Al,Ti content in FM is over 0.29 wt% AI,0.62 wt% Ti.Less Ti content in FM cannot prevent ductility-dip-cracking (DDC) through producing enough intragranular precipitates and lessening intergranular M23C6 precipitates.Nb can be used to replace Ti to reduce the sensitivity of the DDC in the NiCrFe-7 alloy weldments.

  3. VIBRATORY STRESS, SOLIDIFICATION AND MICROSTRUCTURE OF WELDMENTS UNDER VIBRATORY WELDING CONDITION-A REVIEW

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    AKANKSHA VERMA,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Welding processes induce a state of residual stress into materials and jobs. This poses a series of problems, in terms of dimensional stability, corrosion cracking, reduced fatigue life and structural integrity . Thermal cycle produced near weld line generates residual stress and inhomogeneous plastic deformation in weldments. Understanding of grain nucleation and grain growth becomes necessary that are influenced under welding conditions. After completion of nucleation, the solidification process will continue with nucleus growth .With vibratory weld conditioning, the enhancement of weld metal microstructure can be achieved. The mechanical properties, level of residual stresses, and deformation can also be affected . Structural changes of the welds prepared under vibratory conditions affects the mechanical properties of the welds. The vibration duringwelding benefits energy absorbed in impact toughness test of weld metal and improves fracture behavior. This paper presents the microstructure, solidification behaviour and residual stress relaxation under vibratory welding condition.

  4. Predicting the creep life and failure mode of low-alloy steel weldments

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    Brear, J.M.; Middleton, C.J.; Aplin, P.F. [ERA Technology Ltd., Leatherhead (United Kingdom)

    1998-12-31

    This presentation reviews and consolidates experience gained through a number of research projects and practical plant assessments in predicting both the life and the likely failure mode and location in low alloy steel weldments. The approach adopted begins with the recognition that the relative strength difference between the microstructural regions is a key factor controlling both life and failure location. Practical methods based on hardness measurement and adaptable to differing weld geometries are presented and evidence for correlations between hardness ratio, damage accumulation and strain development is discussed. Predictor diagrams relating weld life and failure location to the service conditions and the hardness of the individual microstructural constituents are suggested and comments are given on the implications for identifying the circumstances in which Type IV cracking is to be expected. (orig.) 6 refs.

  5. Evaluation of Cracking Resistance of Copper-Bearing Age Hardening Steel Weldment

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    CHAI Feng; YANG Cai-fu; SU Hang; ZHANG Yong-quan; XU Zhou

    2007-01-01

    The weldability of a low-carbon copper-bearing age hardening steel was evaluated using cracking susceptibility calculation, HAZ maximum hardness measurement, and Y-groove cracking evaluation test. The results show that the hardenability characteristics and cold cracking susceptibility of the steel are very low. The results also indicate that a crack-free weldment can be obtained during the welding of this type of steel even at an ambient temperature as low as -5 ℃ as well as in an absolute humidity lower than 4 000 Pa without any preheat treatment. A slight preheat treatment can prevent the joint from cracking when welding is carried out at lower ambient temperature or higher absolute humidity.

  6. Experimental Study of Inducing Compressive Stress by Anti-welding Heating Treatment in a Thin Plate Weldment with Variant Temperatures

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    2002-01-01

    Significant compressive stress may be induced in thin plate weldment by anti-welding heating treatment (AWHT)with a temperature difference above 350℃, and an interesting phenomenon of obvious residual stress reduction on non-treated surface was discovered. The method of AWHT has no great effect on the mechanical properties including hardness, strength and toughness of the metal material. The results in the paper prompt a possibility application in shipbuilding industry.

  7. Effects of the Crack Tip Constraint on the Fracture Assessment of an Al 5083-O Weldment for Low Temperature Applications

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    Dong Hyun Moon

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The constraint effect is the key issue in structural integrity assessments based on two parameter fracture mechanics (TPFM to make a precise prediction of the load-bearing capacity of cracked structural components. In this study, a constraint-based failure assessment diagram (FAD was used to assess the fracture behavior of an Al 5083-O weldment with various flaws at cryogenic temperature. The results were compared with those of BS 7910 Option 1 FAD, in terms of the maximum allowable stress. A series of fracture toughness tests were conducted with compact tension (CT specimens at room and cryogenic temperatures. The Q parameter for the Al 5083-O weldment was evaluated to quantify the constraint level, which is the difference between the actual stress, and the Hutchinson-Rice-Rosengren (HRR stress field near the crack tip. Nonlinear 3D finite element analysis was carried out to calculate the Q parameter at cryogenic temperature. Based on the experimental and numerical results, the influence of the constraint level correction on the allowable applied stress was investigated using a FAD methodology. The results showed that the constraint-based FAD procedure is essential to avoid an overly conservative allowable stress prediction in an Al 5083-O weldment with flaws.

  8. Microstructure, Composition, and Impact Toughness Across the Fusion Line of High-Strength Bainitic Steel Weldments

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    Lan, Liangyun; Kong, Xiangwei; Chang, Zhiyuan; Qiu, Chunlin; Zhao, Dewen

    2017-09-01

    This paper analyzed the evolution of microstructure, composition, and impact toughness across the fusion line of high-strength bainitic steel weldments with different heat inputs. The main purpose was to develop a convenient method to evaluate the HAZ toughness quickly. The compositions of HAZ were insensitive to higher contents of alloy elements ( e.g., Ni, Mo) in the weld metal because their diffusion distance is very short into the HAZ. The weld metal contained predominantly acicular ferrite at any a heat input, whereas the main microstructures in the HAZ changed from lath martensite/bainite to upper bainite with the increasing heat input. The evolution of HAZ toughness in relation to microstructural changes can be revealed clearly combined with the impact load curve and fracture morphology, although the results of impact tests do not show an obvious change with heat input because the position of Charpy V notch contains the weld metal, HAZ as well as a part of base metal. As a result, based on the bead-on-plate welding tests, the welding parameter affecting the HAZ toughness can be evaluated rapidly.

  9. Development of Fuzzy Logic System to Predict the SAW Weldment Shape Profiles

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    H.K.Narang; M.M.Mahapatra; P.K.Jha; P.Biswas

    2012-01-01

    A fuzzy model was presented to predict the weldment shape profile of submerged arc welds (SAW)including the shape of heat affected zone (HAZ).The SAW bead-on-plates were welded by following a full factorial design matrix.The design marx consisted of three levels of input welding process parameters.The welds were cross-sectioned and etched,and the zones were measured.A mapping technique was used to measure the various segments of the weld zones.These mapped zones were used to build a fuzzy logic model.The membership functions of the fuzzy model were chosen for the accurate prediction of the weld zone.The fuzzy model was further tested for a set of test case data.The weld zone predicted by the fuzzy logic model was compared with the experimentally obtained shape profiles and close agreement between the two was noted.The mapping technique developed for the weld zones and the fuzzy logic model can be used for on-line control of the SAW process.From the SAW fuzzy logic model an estimation of the fusion and HAZ can also be developed.

  10. Improvement of Weldment Properties by Hot Forming Quenching of Friction Stir Welded TWB Sheet

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    Dae-Hoon Ko

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to improve the mechanical properties and formability of friction stir welded tailor-welded blanks (TWBs of Al6061 alloy with a new forming method called hot forming quenching (HFQ in which solid-solution heat-treated aluminum sheets are formed at elevated temperature. Forming and quenching during HFQ are simultaneously performed with the forming die for the solid-solution heat-treated sheet. In this study, specimens of aluminum TWBs were prepared by friction stir welding (FSW with a butt joint. The effectiveness of FSW joining was evaluated by observation of the macrostructure for different sheet thicknesses. In order to evaluate the formability of TWBs by HFQ, a hemisphere dome stretching test of the limit dome height achieved without specimen failure was performed with various tool temperatures. A Vickers test was also performed to measure weldment hardness as a function of position. The formability and mechanical properties of products formed by HFQ are compared with those formed by conventional forming methods, demonstrating the suitability of HFQ for sheet metal forming of friction stir welded TWBs.

  11. Formation of nanostructured weldments in the Al-Si system using electrospark welding

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    Milligan, J.; Heard, D.W. [Aluminium Research Centre - REGAL, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University Street, Wong Building, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B2 (Canada); Brochu, M., E-mail: mathieu.brochu@mcgill.ca [Aluminium Research Centre - REGAL, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University Street, Wong Building, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B2 (Canada)

    2010-04-01

    Electrospark welding (ESW) electrodes were manufactured from three binary aluminum-silicon alloys consisting of 12 and 17 wt% silicon, produced using chill and sand casting. The electrodes were used to assess the feasibility of producing aluminum-silicon weldments consisting of nano-sized silicon particles embedded in nanostructured aluminum matrix, using the ESW process. Line tests were performed to determine the optimal processing parameters resulting in a high quality deposit. X-ray diffraction (XRD) as well as optical and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed to determine the composition and microstructure of the depositions. It was determined that a capacitance of 110 {mu}F and a voltage of 100 V resulted in the highest quality deposition. Furthermore it was determined that the ESW process was capable of producing a microstructure consisting of an extremely fine-grained silicon phase ranging from {approx}6 to 50 nm for the eutectic composition, and 10-200 nm for the hypereutectic compositions. Finally it was determined that the functional thickness limit of the aluminum-silicon deposit produced under these process parameters was 120 {mu}m.

  12. Formation of nanostructured weldments in the Al-Si system using electrospark welding

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    Milligan, J.; Heard, D. W.; Brochu, M.

    2010-04-01

    Electrospark welding (ESW) electrodes were manufactured from three binary aluminum-silicon alloys consisting of 12 and 17 wt% silicon, produced using chill and sand casting. The electrodes were used to assess the feasibility of producing aluminum-silicon weldments consisting of nano-sized silicon particles embedded in nanostructured aluminum matrix, using the ESW process. Line tests were performed to determine the optimal processing parameters resulting in a high quality deposit. X-ray diffraction (XRD) as well as optical and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed to determine the composition and microstructure of the depositions. It was determined that a capacitance of 110 μF and a voltage of 100 V resulted in the highest quality deposition. Furthermore it was determined that the ESW process was capable of producing a microstructure consisting of an extremely fine-grained silicon phase ranging from ˜6 to 50 nm for the eutectic composition, and 10-200 nm for the hypereutectic compositions. Finally it was determined that the functional thickness limit of the aluminum-silicon deposit produced under these process parameters was 120 μm.

  13. Low Cycle Fatigue Behaviors of Alloy 617 (INCONEL 617 Weldments for High Temperature Applications

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    Rando Tungga Dewa

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we comparatively investigate the low cycle fatigue behavior of Alloy 617 (INCONEL 617 weldments by gas tungsten arc welding process at room temperature and 800 °C in the air to support the qualification in high temperature applications of the Next Generation-IV Nuclear Plant. Axial total-strain controlled tests have been performed with the magnitude of strain ranges with a constant strain ratio (Rε = −1. The results of fatigue tests consistently show lower fatigue life with an increase in total strain range and temperature at all testing conditions. The reduction in fatigue life may result from the higher cyclic plastic strain accumulation and the material ductility at high temperature conditions. A constitutive behavior of high temperature by some cyclic hardening was observed. The occurrence of serrated yielding in the cyclic stress response was also observed, suggesting the influence of dynamic strain aging during high temperature. We evaluated a well-known life prediction model through the Coffin-Manson relationship. The results are well matched with the experimental data. In addition, low cycle fatigue cracking occurred in the weld metal region and initiated transgranularly at the free surface.

  14. Sigma-phase formation in weldments of cast super duplex stainless steel; Formacion de fase sigma en uniones soldadas de acero inoxidable super duplex fundido

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    Garin, J. L.; Mannheim, R. L.; Camus, M. A.

    2011-07-01

    This paper describes the microstructural characteristics of weldments of cast super duplex stainless steel (J93404), being subjected to annealing processes to induce formation of sigma-phase at high temperatures. The influence of heating time at 1073 K, 1123 K and 1173 K upon precipitation of sigma in the heat affected zone, base metal and fusion zone of the weldments was analyzed. The experimental results revealed the formation of this intermetallic compound throughout decomposition of the ferritic phase into austenite and sigma. At earlier stages of the transformation the phase rapidly nucleates and growth along the ferrite-austenite grain boundaries, and then massively advances towards the bulk of the ferritic zone with greater effectiveness as temperature increases. The formation of sigma-phase in all weldments resembles the Johnson-Mehl-Avramis mechanism stated for nucleation and growth. (Author) 27 refs.

  15. Microstructure and hydrogen induced failure mechanisms in iron-nickel weldments

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    Fenske, Jamey Alan

    difference in the weld metal interfaces was the presence of M 7C3 precipitates in the planar solidification region. The formation of these precipitates, which were found in what was previously referred to as the "featureless-zone," were determined to be dependent on the carbon content of the Fe-base metal and the duration of the post-weld heat treatment. A high density of these ordered 100 nm-long by 10 nm-wide needle-like precipitates were found in the AISI 8630-IN 625 weldment in the 10 hour post-weld heat treatment condition while only the initial stages of their nucleation were evident in the F22-IN 625 15 hour post-weld heat treatment specimen. The study of the fractured specimens revealed that the M7C 3 carbides play a key role in the susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement of the Fe-Ni butter weldments. The fractures initially nucleate along the isolated Fe-base metal -- discontinuous partially mixed zone interfaces. The M7C3 carbides accumulate hydrogen and then provide a low energy fracture path between the discontinuous partially mixed zones leading to catastrophic failure. The result is a fracture morphology that alternates between flat regions produced by fracture along the discontinuous partially mixed zones and cleavage-like fracture regions produced by fracture along the ordered carbide matrix interfaces.

  16. Investigations on structure–property relationships of activated flux TIG weldments of super-duplex/austenitic stainless steels

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    Devendranath Ramkumar, K., E-mail: ramdevendranath@gmail.com; Bajpai, Ankur; Raghuvanshi, Shubham; Singh, Anshuman; Chandrasekhar, Aditya; Arivarasu, M.; Arivazhagan, N.

    2015-06-25

    This research work articulated the effect of SiO{sub 2} flux assisted tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding on the microstructure and mechanical properties of marine grade stainless steel weldments, such as super-duplex stainless steel (UNS S32750) and austenitic stainless steel (AISI 316L). The studies showed that the use of flux decreased the heat input required to obtain complete penetration. Microstructure studies revealed the presence of ferrite at the heat affected zone of AISI 316L and the fusion zone which obviated the hot cracking tendency. Tensile studies corroborated that the joint strength was sufficiently greater than that of the parent metals. Impact toughness slightly impoverished owing to the presence of large platelets of Widmanstätten austenite in the fusion zone. The study also explored the structure–property relationships of the flux assisted weldments using the combined techniques of optical and scanning electron microscopy analysis. Owing to the better metallurgical and mechanical properties, this study recommends the use of SiO{sub 2} flux for joining the dissimilar metals involving austenitic and super-duplex stainless steels.

  17. Effect of welding parameters on mechanical properties of GTAW of UNS S31803 and UNS S32750 weldments

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Duplex Stainless Steel (DSS and Super Duplex Stainless Steel (SDSS pipes were welded by Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW process. The effect of welding parameters such as heat input, cooling rate, shielding/purging gas composition and interpass temperature on tensile strength, hardness and impact toughness were studied. The microstructure analysis revealed presence of intermetallic phases at root region of the weldments. All mechanical properties were improved at lower heat input and high cooling rate due to grain refinement and balanced microstructure [ferrite and austenite]. All weldments exhibited higher strength than base materials. Weld root region was harder than centre and cap region. SDSS is more susceptible to sigma phase formation due to higher alloying elements and weld thermal cycles, which lead to considerable loss of toughness. Higher nitrogen contents in shielding and purging gas resulted strengthening of austenite phase and restriction of dislocations, which ultimately improved mechanical properties. Higher interpass temperature caused reduction in strength and toughness because of grain coarsening and secondary phase precipitation.

  18. Characterization of microstructure of HAZs in as-welded and service condition of P91 pipe weldments

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    Pandey, C.; Giri, A.; Mahapatra, M. M.; Kumar, P.

    2017-01-01

    Steels 9-12% Cr, having the high creep rupture strength are advocated for the modern low polluting thermal power plants. In the present investigation, the P91 pipe weldments have been characterized for microstructural responses in as-welded, post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) and ageing conditions. The PWHT of welded samples were carried out at 760 °C for time of 2 h and ageing at 760 °C for 720 h and 1440 h, respectively. The effect of time has been studied on precipitates size, distribution of precipitates and grain sizes present in various zones of P91 steel weldments. The impact toughness and hardness variation of heat affected zone (HAZ) have also been studied in as-welded condition as well as at different heat treatment condition. A significant change was observed in grain size and precipitates size after each heat treatment condition. The maximum impact toughness of HAZ was obtained after PWHT at 760 °C for 2 h. The main phase observed in weld fusion zone in as-welded, PWHT and ageing conditions were M23C6, MX, M7C3, Fe-rich M3C and M2C. The unwanted Z-phase (NbCrN) was also noticed in weld fusion zone after ageing of 1440 h.

  19. Irradiation response in weldment and HIP joint of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel, F82H

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    Hirose, Takanori [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Sokolov, Mikhail A [ORNL; Ando, M. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Shiba, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA); Stoller, Roger E [ORNL; Odette, G.R. [University of California, Santa Barbara

    2013-11-01

    This work investigates irradiation response in the joints of F82H employed for a fusion breeding blanket. The joints, which were prepared using welding and diffusion welding, were irradiated up to 6 dpa in the High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Post-irradiation tests revealed hardening in weldment (WM) and base metal (BM) greater than 300 MPa. However, the heat affected zones (HAZ) exhibit about half that of WM and BM. Therefore, neutron irradiation decreased the strength of the HAZ, leaving it in danger of local deformation in this region. Further the hardening in WM made with an electron beam was larger than that in WM made with tungsten inert gas welding. However the mechanical properties of the diffusion-welded joint were very similar to those of BM even after the irradiation.

  20. Irradiation response in weldment and HIP joint of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel, F82H

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    Hirose, T., E-mail: hirose.takanori@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Sokolov, M.A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ando, M.; Tanigawa, H.; Shiba, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Stoller, R.E. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Odette, G.R. [University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (United States)

    2013-11-15

    This work investigates irradiation response in the joints of F82H employed for a fusion breeding blanket. The joints, which were prepared using welding and diffusion welding, were irradiated up to 6 dpa in the High Flux Isotope Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Post-irradiation tests revealed hardening in weldment (WM) and base metal (BM) greater than 300 MPa. However, the heat affected zones (HAZ) exhibit about half that of WM and BM. Therefore, neutron irradiation decreased the strength of the HAZ, leaving it in danger of local deformation in this region. Further the hardening in WM made with an electron beam was larger than that in WM made with tungsten inert gas welding. However the mechanical properties of the diffusion-welded joint were very similar to those of BM even after the irradiation.

  1. Effects of Laser Shock Processing on Morphologies and Mechanical Properties of ANSI 304 Stainless Steel Weldments Subjected to Cavitation Erosion

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    Zhang, Lei; Lu, Jin-Zhong; Zhang, Yong-Kang; Ma, Hai-Le; Luo, Kai-Yu; Dai, Feng-Ze

    2017-01-01

    Effects of laser shock processing (LSP) on the cavitation erosion resistance of laser weldments were investigated by optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations, roughness tester, micro hardness tester, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) technology. The morphological microstructures were characterized. Cumulative mass loss, incubation period, erosion rate, and damaged surface areas were monitored during cavitation erosion. Surface roughness, micro-hardness, and residual stress were measured in different zones. Results showed that LSP could improve the damage of morphological microstructures and mechanical properties after cavitation erosion. The compressive residual stresses were generated during the process of LSP, which was an effective guarantee for the improvement of the above mentioned properties. PMID:28772652

  2. Microstructures relevant to brittle fracture initiation at the heat-affected zone of weldment of a low carbon steel

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    Ohya, Kenji; Kim, Jongseop; Yokoyama, Ken'ichi; Nagumo, Michihiko

    1996-09-01

    Charpy toughness of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of weldment of a low carbon steel has been investigated by means of an instrumented Charpy test and fractographic analysis. Microstructures were varied with thermal cycles simulating double-pass welding. The ductile-brittle transition temperature is the most deteriorated at an intermediate second-cycle heating temperature. The origin of the difference in the transition temperatures has been analyzed to exist in the brittle fracture initiation stage. Fractographic examination correlating with microstructural features has revealed that the brittle fracture initiation site is associated with the intersection of bainitic ferrite areas with different orientations rather than the martensite-austenite constituents. The role of the constraint of plastic deformation on the brittle fracture initiation is discussed.

  3. Long-term creep rupture strength of weldment of Fe-Ni based alloy as candidate tube and pipe for advanced USC boilers

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    Bao, Gang; Sato, Takashi [Babcok-Hitachi K.K., Hiroshima (Japan). Kure Research Laboratory; Marumoto, Yoshihide [Babcok-Hitachi K.K., Hiroshima (Japan). Kure Div.

    2010-07-01

    A lot of works have been going to develop 700C USC power plant in Europe and Japan. High strength Ni based alloys such as Alloy 617, Alloy 740 and Alloy 263 were the candidates for boiler tube and pipe in Europe, and Fe-Ni based alloy HR6W (45Ni-24Fe-23Cr-7W-Ti) is also a candidate for tube and pipe in Japan. One of the Key issues to achieve 700 C boilers is the welding process of these alloys. Authors investigated the weldability and the long-term creep rupture strength of HR6W tube. The weldments were investigated metallurgically to find proper welding procedure and creep rupture tests are ongoing exceed 38,000 hours. The long-term creep rupture strengths of the HST weld joints are similar to those of parent metals and integrity of the weldments was confirmed based on with other mechanical testing results. (orig.)

  4. Studies on Hot Corrosion of the Microstructurally Different Regions of 2.25Cr-1Mo (T22) Boiler Tube Steel Weldment

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    Kumar, Ravindra; Tewari, V. K.; Prakash, Satya

    2009-10-01

    This study examines the effect of microstructurally different regions on the hot corrosion of tungsten inert gas weldment in 2.25Cr-1Mo (T22) boiler tube steel. Various regions of weldment were oxidized in molten salt Na2SO4-60% V2O5 environment at 900 °C. The base metal was found to oxidize at much higher rates than the weld metal and the heat-affected zone. Oxide scales formed in the three regions were compared by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive of X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction pattern, and electron probe microanalysis. The research investigates the formation of inner scales with free Cr over the HAZ.

  5. Effect of Prior and Post-Weld Heat Treatment on Electron Beam Weldments of (α + β) Titanium alloy Ti-5Al-3Mo-1.5V

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    Anil Kumar, V.; Gupta, R. K.; Manwatkar, Sushant K.; Ramkumar, P.; Venkitakrishnan, P. V.

    2016-06-01

    Titanium alloy Ti5Al3Mo1.5V is used in the fabrication of critical engine components for space applications. Double vacuum arc re-melted and (α + β) forged blocks were sliced into 10-mm-thick plates and subjected to electron beam welding (EBW) with five different variants of prior and post-weld heat treatment conditions. Effects of various heat treatment conditions on the mechanical properties of the weldments have been studied. The welded coupons were characterized for microstructure, mechanical properties, and fracture analysis. An optimized heat treatment and welding sequence has been suggested. Weld efficiency of 90% could be achieved. Weldment has shown optimum properties in solution treated and aged condition. Heat-affected zone adjacent to weld fusion line is found to have lowest hardness in all conditions.

  6. Influence of Alloy Content and Prior Microstructure on Evolution of Secondary Phases in Weldments of 9Cr-Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic Steel

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    Thomas Paul, V.; Sudha, C.; Saroja, S.

    2015-08-01

    9Cr-Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic steels with 1 and 1.4 wt pct tungsten are materials of choice for the test blanket module in fusion reactors. The steels possess a tempered martensite microstructure with a decoration of inter- and intra-lath carbides, which undergoes extensive modification on application of heat. The change in substructure and precipitation behavior on welding and subsequent thermal exposure has been studied using both experimental and computational techniques. Changes i.e., formation of various phases, their volume fraction, size, and morphology in different regions of the weldment due to prolonged thermal exposure was influenced not only by the time and temperature of exposure but also the prior microstructure. Laves phase of type Fe2W was formed in the high tungsten steel, on aging the weldment at 823 K (550 °C). It formed in the fine-grained heat-affected zone (HAZ) at much shorter durations than in the base metal. The accelerated kinetics has been understood in terms of enhanced precipitation of carbides at lath/grain boundaries during aging and the concomitant depletion of carbon and chromium and enrichment of tungsten in the vicinity of the carbides. Therefore, the fine-grained HAZ in the weldment was identified as a region susceptible for failure during service.

  7. Preliminary Analysis of the General Performance and Mechanical Behavior of Irradiated FeCrAl Base Alloys and Weldments

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    Gussev, Maxim N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Field, Kevin G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Briggs, Samuel A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Yamamoto, Yukinori [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-09-30

    The iron-based, iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys are promising, robust materials for deployment in current and future nuclear power plants. This class of alloys demonstrates excellent performance in a range of environments and conditions, including high-temperature steam (>1000°C). Furthermore, these alloys have the potential to have prolonged survival under loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) conditions compared to the more traditional cladding materials that are either Zr-based alloys or austenitic steels. However, one of the issues associated with FeCrAl alloys is cracking during welding. The present project investigates the possibility of mitigating welding-induced cracking via alloying and precise structure control of the weldments; in the frame work of the project, several advanced alloys were developed and are being investigated prior to and after neutron irradiation to provide insight into the radiation tolerance and mechanical performance of the weldments. The present report provides preliminary results on the post-irradiation characterization and mechanical tests performed during United States Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Chapter 1 provides a general introduction, and Chapter 2 describes the alloy compositions, welding procedure, specimen geometry and manufacturing parameters. Also, a brief discussion of the irradiation at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is provided. Chapter 3 is devoted to the analysis of mechanical tests performed at the hot cell facility; tensile curves and mechanical properties are discussed in detail focusing on the irradiation temperature. Limited fractography results are also presented and analyzed. The discussion highlights the limitations of the testing within a hot cell. Chapter 4 underlines the advantages of in-situ testing and discusses the preliminary results obtained with newly developed miniature specimens. Specimens were moved to the Low Activation Materials Development and Analysis (LAMDA) laboratory and prepared for

  8. Preliminary Analysis of the General Performance and Mechanical Behavior of Irradiated FeCrAl Base Alloys and Weldments

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    Gussev, Maxim N [ORNL; Field, Kevin G [ORNL; Yamamoto, Yukinori [ORNL

    2016-09-01

    The iron-based, iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys are promising, robust materials for deployment in current and future nuclear power plants. This class of alloys demonstrates excellent performance in a range of environments and conditions, including high-temperature steam (>1000 C). Furthermore, these alloys have the potential to survive greater durations under lost-of-coolant incident (LOCA) conditions compared to the more traditional cladding materials that are Zr-based or austenitic steels. However, one of the issues associated with FeCrAl alloys is cracking during welding. The present project investigates the possibility to mitigate welding-induced cracking via alloying and precise structure control of the weldments; in the frame work of the project, several advanced alloys were developed and are being investigated prior to and after neutron irradiation to provide insight into the radiation tolerance and mechanical performance of the weldments. The present report provides preliminary, working results on the post-irradiation characterization and mechanical tests performed during United States Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Chapter 1 provides a general introduction, and Chapter 2 describes the alloy compositions, welding procedure, specimen geometry and manufacturing. Also, a brief discussion of the irradiation at the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is provided. Chapter 3 is devoted to the analysis of mechanical tests performed at the hot cell facility; tensile curves and mechanical properties are discussed in details focusing on the irradiation temperature role. Limited fractography results are also given and analyzed. The discussion highlights the limitations of the testing at the hot cell. Chapter 4 underlines the advantages of in-situ testing and discusses the preliminary results obtained with newly developed miniature specimens. Specimens were moved to the Low Activation Materials Development Laboratory (LAMDA) and prepared for mechanical tests. Follow-on SEM

  9. Effect of Hydrogen Charging on the Tensile and Constant Load Properties of an Austenitic Stainless Steel Weldment

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    2001-01-01

    The effect of cathodic hydrogen charging on the tensile and constant load properties was determined for an austenitic stainless steel weldment comprising a 304L steel in the solution treated condition as a base metal and a 308L filler steel as a weld metal. Part of the 304L solution treated steel was separately given additional sensitization treatment to simulate the microstructure that would develop in the heat affected zone. Tests were performed at room temperature on notched round bar specimens. Hydrogen charging resulted in a pronounced embrittlement of the tested materials. This was manifested mainly as a considerable loss in the dluctility of tensile specimens and a decrease in the time to failure and threshold stress of constant load specimens. The 308L weld metal exhibited the highest, and the 304L solution treated steel the lowest, resistance to hydrogen embrittlement. Hydrogen embrittlement was associated with the formation of strain induced martensite as well as a transition from brittle to ductile fracture morphology onwards the centre of the specimens.

  10. Finite element analysis of controlling the TC4 thin plate weldment wave-like deformation by welding with impacting rotation

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    Zhang Yong; Yang Jianguo; Liu Xuesong; Fang Hongyuan

    2010-01-01

    The new technology of welding with impacting rotation is put forward to decrease the wave-like deformation of the TC4 thin plate weldment.The thermal stress and strain are vital to understand the mechanism of controlling the wave-like deformation.In order to know the development of internal thermal stress and strain,finite element method is utilized for the stress and strain are difficult to be investigated by experimental methods during the welding process.Temperature field,thermal stress evolution and distortion of thin plate are compared with the test results such as weld thermal cycle,residual stress sectioning measurement,and the deflection of the thin plate respectively.By the finite element analysis and test results verification,the mechanism of the technology to control the wave-like deformation is brought forward,non-uniform thermal elastic strain between compressive plastic region and elastic extensive region is diminished by a certain amount of extensive plastic deformation by welding with impacting rotation process.

  11. Metallurgical And Mechanical Analyses Of Dissimilar Friction Weldments Of Ferrous And Non-Ferrous Metals For Lightweight Components

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    Figala, G.; Taschauer, M.; Wallner, S.; Buchmayr, B.

    2011-05-01

    The multi-material approach as quite often applied in the automotive and aircraft industry follows the idea of choosing the best performing material combination under specific service requirements. For metal-matrix composites, friction welding is a quite attractive technology, which can provide more insight into the property determining phenomena and processing parameters. A special rotational friction apparatus using a servo motor without brake system was built for the production of dissimilar weldments. The friction welding process was analysed using FEM to describe temperature history, material flow and forging force. By metallographic and mechanical testing, the microstructure and mechanical behaviour in the various subzones of the heat affected zone (HAZ) were determined. In addition, the strain distribution within the HAZ was measured by an optical device in order to characterize the weakest subzone and to study the local hardening behaviour. By variation of the main influencing parameters optimal component performance could be achieved. The fundamental understanding could be also applied for other technologies, like roll bonding.

  12. Investigation of weldments in Victoria-class submarine pressure-hull using magnetic flux leakage and Barkhausen noise

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    Samimi, A. A.; Babbar, V.; Krause, T. W.; Clapham, L.

    2014-02-01

    Evaluation of the stress state within submarine hulls can contribute to risk assessments, which provide assurance that in-service induced stresses will not adversely affect the service life of the naval structure. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using magnetic NDE techniques for identification of stresses associated with weldments in two original pressure hulls of Canada's Victoria class submarines. Magnetic Flux Leakage (MFL) and flux-controlled Barkhausen Noise measurements were investigated for identification of patch boundaries and welds in two sections of Victoria-class submarine-hull steel. While MFL showed clear demarcation of weld boundaries, Barkhausen measurements did not provide sufficiently clear response to identify these features in submarine hull samples. For a better understanding of Barkhausen response, uniaxial tensile stress was investigated on separate samples of submarine steel. A nonlinear dependence of Barkhausen response was observed, with a weaker sensitivity to tensile stresses below 200 MPa. This behavior, combined with the presence of substantial surface compressive stresses, was used to explain the observed insensitivity of Barkhausen measurements to the presence of welds.

  13. PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OF CREEP-RESISTANT FERRITIC STEEL WELDMENTS THROUGH THERMO-MECHANICAL TREATMENT AND ALLOY DESIGN

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    Yamamoto, Yukinori [ORNL; Babu, Prof. Sudarsanam Suresh [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Shassere, Benjamin [ORNL; Yu, Xinghua [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    Two different approaches have been proposed for improvement of cross-weld creep properties of the high temperature ferrous structural materials for fossil-fired energy applications. The traditional creep strength-enhanced ferritic (CSEF) steel weldments suffer from Type IV failures which occur at the fine-grained heat affected zone (FGHAZ). In order to minimize the premature failure at FGHAZ in the existing CSEF steels, such as modified 9Cr-1Mo ferritic-martensitic steels (Grade 91), a thermo-mechanical treatment consisting of aus-forging/rolling and subsequent aus-aging is proposed which promotes the formation of stable MX carbonitrides prior to martensitic transformation. Such MX remains undissolved during welding process, even in FGHAZ, which successfully improves the cross-weld creep properties. Another approach is to develop a new fully ferrtic, creep-resistant FeCrAl alloy which is essentially free from Type IV failure issues. Fe-30Cr-3Al base alloys with minor alloying additions were developed which achieved a combination of good oxidation/corrosion resistance and improved tensile and creep performance comparable or superior to Grade 92 steel.

  14. Effects of the use of a flat wire electrode in gas metal arc welding and fuzzy logic model for the prediction of weldment shape profile

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    Karuthapandi, Sripriyan; Thyla, P. R. [PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (India); Ramu, Murugan [Amrita University, Ettimadai (India)

    2017-05-15

    This paper describes the relationships between the macrostructural characteristics of weld beads and the welding parameters in Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) using a flat wire electrode. Bead-on-plate welds were produced with a flat wire electrode and different combinations of input parameters (i.e., welding current, welding speed, and flat wire electrode orientation). The macrostructural characteristics of the weld beads, namely, deposition, bead width, total bead width, reinforcement height, penetration depth, and depth of HAZ were investigated. A mapping technique was employed to measure these characteristics in various segments of the weldment zones. Results show that the use of a flat wire electrode improves the depth-to-width (D/W) ratio by 16.5 % on average compared with the D/W ratio when a regular electrode is used in GMAW. Furthermore, a fuzzy logic model was established to predict the effects of the use of a flat electrode on the weldment shape profile with varying input parameters. The predictions of the model were compared with the experimental results.

  15. Oxidation behavior of base metal, weld metal and HAZ regions of SMAW weldment in ASTM SA210 GrA1 steel

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    Kumar, Ravindra [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)], E-mail: ravirs_2002@rediffmail.com; Tewari, V.K.; Prakash, Satya [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)

    2009-06-24

    Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) was used to weld together ASTM SA210 GrA1 steel. The oxidation studies were conducted on different regions of shielded metal arc weldment i.e., base metal, weld metal and heat affected zone (HAZ) specimens after exposure to air at 900 deg. C under cyclic conditions. The thermo-gravimetric technique was used to establish kinetics of oxidation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive analysis (SEM/EDAX) techniques were used to analyze the oxidation products. Base metal showed more weight gain than that of weld metal and HAZ. The HAZ specimen showed the least weight gain due to the formation of densely inner oxide scale.

  16. Relief of Residual Stresses in 800 MPa Grade High Strength Steel Weldments by Explosion Treatment and its Effect on Mechanical Properties

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    Changzhong WU; Huaining CHEN; Jing CHEN; Quanhong LIN; Jianjun GUAN

    2006-01-01

    The explosion treatment technique has been used in the relief of residual stresses in 800 MPa grade high strength steel manual welded joints. The residual stresses on surface and through thickness of the weldment were measured for both as-welded and explosion-treated sample, the mechanical properties of welded joints under different conditions were also tested. The effect of explosion treatment on the fracture toughness of materials with a residual defect was investigated by crack opening displacement (COD) test. The results show that explosion treatment can reduce not only the surface residual stress but also the residual stress through thickness in the welded joints. The effect of explosion treatment on the mechanical properties and a residual defect in welded joint were inconspicuous.

  17. Performance of Underwater Weldments

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    1990-09-05

    Underwater Wet Welds," Underwater Welding Soudage Sous L’Eau, Proceedings of the International Conference held at Trondheim, Norway, 27-28 June 1983 under...Wet Welds", Underwater Welding Soudage Sous L’Eau, Proceedings of the International Conference held at Trondheim, Norway, 27-28 June 1983 under the

  18. Effects of Laser Shock Processing on Cavitation Erosion Resistance of Laser Weldments%激光冲击强化对激光焊接件气蚀行为的影响

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    张磊; 罗开玉; 鲁金忠; 张永康; 冯爱新

    2013-01-01

    Effects of laser shock processing (LSP) on cavitation erosion behaviors of ANSI 304 stainless steel thick sheets treated by laser welding are investigated. Mechanical properties and microstructure of laser weldments are measured and observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), microhardness, electronic balance and scanning electron microscope (SEM) tests in order to investigate cavitation erosion resistance of laser weldments. Results show that with the increment of LSP pulse energies after cavitation erosion, the martensite intensity is improved relatively and the removal of martensite is restrained, the hardness increases, and the cumulative mass loss and damaged surface areas of laser weldments decrease. Meanwhile, the martensite grains are fined, and undulations and upheavals become shallower and sparser, and the growth and propagation of the cracks on the surface are restrained. Thus, cavitation erosion resistance of laser weldments is enhanced. In addition, cavitation erosion resistance of laser welding zone (LWZ) is better than that of heat-affected zone (HAZ).%采用高能激光束对厚板激光焊接件进行激光冲击强化(LSP)处理,并利用X射线衍射仪(XRD)、显微硬度仪、高精度电子天平和扫描电镜(SEM)观察分析手段研究了激光冲击强化对激光焊接件抗气蚀性能的影响.试验结果表明,增加激光冲击强化脉冲能量气蚀后,激光焊接件马氏体强度相对提高、马氏体剥落得到抑制,表面和横截面硬度增加,累积质量损失和表面气蚀破坏面积减小.随着激光能量的增加,马氏体晶粒细化,气蚀后表面起伏组织变浅、变疏,表面裂纹萌生扩展得到减缓抑制,因此激光焊接件抗气蚀性能增强.另外,激光焊接件焊缝区的抗气蚀性能优于热影响区(HAZ)的抗气蚀性能.

  19. Fatigue lifetime of steel weldments with high resistance, rough welding, repaired by welding and hammered; Duree de vie en fatigue d'assemblages soudes en acier de construction a haute resistance, bruts de soudage, repares par soudage et marteles

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    Braid, J.E.M. [Materials Technology Laboratory, Ottawa (Canada); Bell, R. [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carlton University, Ottawa (Canada); Militaru, D.V. [Centre for Surface Transportation Technology, Ottawa (Canada)

    1999-09-01

    It has been shown in literature that the propagation velocity of fatigue cracks and that the ratio da/dN are relatively independent of the elasticity limit. In order to better use high resistance steels solicited in fatigue, it is necessary to improve the fatigue resistance of weldments: better design and/or post-welding treatments. The improvements obtained by grinding, TIG-refusion, shot-blasting and hammering are indicated. The most part of this study concerns the fatigue resistance of longitudinal welds on rough T assembling, repaired by welding and hammered or not. The steel test pieces are of 350 MPa (specification CSA G 4021350WT) and of 550 MPa (specification HY80). The two steels have the same behavior in fatigue at the rough-welding state. The used repair method restore the initial fatigue characteristics of the rough-welding state. Compared with the rough-welding state, the hammering improves the fatigue resistance of steel weldments (550 MPa) of 175%. (O.M.)

  20. 异种钢焊接接头碳迁移试验现象的分析%Experimental Phenomena of Carbon Migration in Dissimilar Metal Weldments

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    杨厚君; 章应霖; 曹晟; 吕文广

    2001-01-01

    In order to research the influences of ageing factors on carbon migration in dissimilar metal weldments,the electron probe was used to inspect carbon distribution at the interface of ferritic basic metal side.The least squares fit for experimental datum of carbon migration and the possibilities of the state identification by least square method were discussed.Three series of tests were carried out and the experimental and fits results were analysised on the basis of phenomenology.On the basis of analysising of test results,we can discover:the more seyvicing temperature and time are,the more carbon migration,width of carbonizating layer and decarbonizating layer are.It is impossible that they can be imitated in the least square method.%针对奥氏体不锈钢和铁素体类耐热钢两类母材金属的特点以及相应的焊接工艺,为了研究时效因素对异种钢焊接接头碳迁移的影响规律,利用电子探针测定了铁素体母材一侧界面的碳分布状态,并为此设计了三个系列的试验,讨论了利用最小二乘法对试验数据进行拟合和对异种钢接头界面两侧碳迁移进行状态辨识的可能性,并从现象学上对碳迁移试验结果及拟合结果进行了分析。通过对试验结果的分析,发现随着服役温度的提高和时间的延长,碳迁移加剧,异种钢接头的增、脱碳层也逐渐变宽;对于这种接头的碳迁移,用最小二乘法拟合很难得到满意的结果。

  1. 焊后热处理对马氏体时效不锈钢焊接组织和性能的影响%Effect of post weld heat treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of stainless maraging steel weldments

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    郜晓溪; 刘海园; 王渊博; 孟凡岩; 安健

    2012-01-01

    研究了0Cr13Ni7MoTi马氏体时效不锈钢在不同焊接功率下的激光熔焊组织形貌及焊后热处理对焊接接头组织、硬度分布及拉伸性能的影响.结果表明,焊接接头分为熔合区、热影响区和母材3个区域.根据不同功率的焊接接头各区域及熔合区上下部凸起尺寸特征,2000 W和2500W的激光焊接工艺较为合理.选取2500W的焊接接头在420~480℃之间分别进行2 ~3h的时效处理,420~460℃时效处理后焊接接头各区域组织与焊后组织无明显变化,经480℃时效后,在原奥氏体晶界处形成少量回复奥氏体.经过时效处理的焊接接头的硬度和屈服强度均较未处理时有所提高,经过460℃×3 h时效处理的硬度最高,达到490~500 HV,屈服强度提高了67.3%.%The microstructure, hardness distribution and tensile properties of 0Cr13Ni7MoTi stainless maraging steel laser weldments were investigated after different post welding heat treatments. The results show that the microstructure across the weldment consists of three regions, namely fusion zone, heat affected zone (HAZ) and base metal zone. According to the features of weldments, 2000 W and 2500 W are appropriate laser powers. The microstructure of weldments after aging at temperatures ranging from 420 ℃ to 460 ℃ changed little under optical microscope, however, as the aging temperature increases to 480 ℃, a litter amount of reverted austenite formed on the prior austenite grain boundary. The microhardness and yield strength of weldments after aging is higher than those without heat treatment, the highest microhardness across the weldment increases to 490 -500 HV, and the yield strength increases by 67. 3% after 460 ℃×3 h aging treatment.

  2. Metallurgical investigation of the base material and weldments of the 9% chromium X 10 CrMoVNb 9 1. Metallkundliche Untersuchungen am Grundwerkstoff und an Schweissverbindungen des 9%-Chromstahles X 10 CrMoVNb 9 1

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    Bruehl, F.; Weber, H. (Mannesmann Anlagenbau AG, Duesseldorf (Germany, F.R.)); Cerjak, H. (Technische Univ., Graz (Austria). Inst. fuer Werkstoffkunde, Festigkeitslehre und Materialpruefung); Schwaab, P. (Mannesmann-Forschungsinstitut GmbH, Duisburg (Germany, F.R.))

    1991-01-01

    In the as-supplied condition, the steel X 10CrMoVNb 91 exhibits martensitic microstructure containing chromium carbide particles (M{sub 23}C{sub 6}) on the martensite lath boundaries and fine precipitates of coherent and non-coherent Nb-V carbonitrides of the type MX in the grain interior. If the material is subjected to creep testing the precipitation of Laves phase and additional precipitation of M{sub 23} C{sub 6} and MX takes place in the microstructure and overaging of coherent MX takes place in the microstructure and overaging of coherent MX phase begins. Recovery and recrystallization processes occur more quickly. The creep-rupture behaviour of the material can be assumed to be predominantly governed by the MX precipitate, while the concentrations of vanadium, niobium, carbon and nitrogen in the precipitate play a major role on the effectiveness of the precipitate. In weldments, the creep damage initiates, as a rule, at the edge of the HAZ adjacent to the unaffected base material. The short-time heating of these zones to tempertures just above A{sub c1} temperature results in the formation of austenite with very low carbon content, because the carbides hardly go into solution at this temperature. During cooling this austenite transforms to martensite, which is very soft. Moreover, this martensite recrystallizes almost completely when conventionally tempered at about 750deg C. (orig./MM).

  3. Experimental study and modelling of high temperature creep flow and damage behaviour of 9Cr1Mo-NbV steel weldments; Etude experimentale et modelisation, du comportement, de l'endommagement et de la rupture en fluage a haute temperature de joint soudes en acier 9Cr1Mo-NbV

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    Gaffard, V

    2004-12-15

    Chromium martensitic stainless steels are under development since the 70's with the prospect of using them as structural components in thermal and nuclear power plants. The modified 9Cr1Mo-NbV steel is already used, especially in England and Japan, as a material for structural components in thermal power plants where welding is a commonly used joining technique. New generations of chromium martensitic stainless steels with improved mechanical properties for high pressure and temperature use are currently under development. However, observations of several in-service premature failures of welded components in 9Cr1Mo-NbV steel, outline a strong need for understanding the high temperature creep flow and damage behaviour of 9Cr1Mo-NbV steels and weldments. The present study aimed at experimentally determining and then modelling the high temperature creep flow and damage behaviour of both 9Cr1Mo-NbV steels and weldments (typically in the temperature range from 450 C to 650 C). The base metal was first studied as the reference material. It was especially evidenced that tempered chromium martensitic steels exhibit a change in both creep flow and damage behaviour for long term creep exposure. As a consequence, the classically performed extrapolation of 1,000 hours creep data to 100,000 hours creep lifetime predictions might be very hazardous. Based on experimental observations, a new model, integrating and coupling multiple creep flow and damage mechanisms, was developed in the framework of the mechanics of porous media. It was then successfully used to represent creep flow and damage behaviour of the base metal from high to low stress levels even for complex multiaxial loading conditions. Although the high temperature creep properties of the base metal are quite good, the occurrence of premature failure in weldments in high temperature creep conditions largely focused the attention of the scientific community. The lower creep strength of the weld component was also

  4. Development of residual stress prediction model in pipe weldment

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    Eom, Yun Yong; Lim, Se Young; Choi, Kang Hyeuk; Cho, Young Sam; Lim, Jae Hyuk [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-03-15

    When Leak Before Break(LBB) concepts is applied to high energy piping of nuclear power plants, residual weld stresses is a important variable. The main purpose of his research is to develop the numerical model which can predict residual weld stresses. Firstly, basic theories were described which need to numerical analysis of welding parts. Before the analysis of pipe, welding of a flat plate was analyzed and compared. Appling the data of used pipes, thermal/mechanical analysis were accomplished and computed temperature gradient and residual stress distribution. For thermal analysis, proper heat flux was regarded as the heat source and convection/radiation heat transfer were considered at surfaces. The residual stresses were counted from the computed temperature gradient and they were compared and verified with a result of another research.

  5. Effects of titanium and zirconium on iron aluminide weldments

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    Burt, R.P.; Edwards, G.R. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); David, S.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Iron aluminides form a coarse fusion zone microstructure when gas-tungsten arc welded. This microstructure is susceptible to hydrogen cracking when water vapor is present in the welding environment. Because fusion zone microstructural refinement can reduce the hydrogen cracking susceptibility, titanium was used to inoculate the weld pool in iron aluminide alloy FA-129. Although the fusion zone microstructure was significantly refined by this method, the fracture stress was found to decrease with titanium additions. This decrease is attributed to an increase in inclusions at the grain boundaries.

  6. Considerations on repeated repairing of weldments in Inconel 718 alloy

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    Bayless, E. O.; Lovoy, C. V.; Mcilwain, M. C.; Munafo, P.

    1981-01-01

    The effects of repeated weld repairs on the metallurgical characteristics, high cycle fatigue (HCF), and tensile properties of Inconel 718 butt weld joints were determined. A 1/4 in thick plate and a 1/2 in thick plate were used as well as tungsten inert gas welding, and Inconel 718 filler wire. Weld panels were subjected to 2, 6, and 12 repeated repairs and were made in a highly restrained condition. Post weld heat treatments were also conducted with the welded panel in the highly restrained condition. Results indicate that no significant metallurgical anomaly is evident as a result of up to twelve repeated weld repairs. No degradation in fatigue life is noted for up to twelve repeated repairs. Tensile results from specimens which contained up to twelve repeated weld repairs revealed no significant degradation in UTS and YS. However, a significant decrease in elongation is evident with specimens (solution treated and age hardened after welding) which contained twelve repeated repairs. The elongation loss is attributed to the presence of a severe notch on each side (fusion line) of the repair weld bead reinforcement.

  7. Study of creep cavitation in a stainless steel weldment

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    Jazaeri, H.; Bouchard, P. J.; Hutchings, M; Lindner, P.

    2012-01-01

    A study of creep cavities near reheat cracking in AISI Type 316H austenitic stainless steel headers, removed from long-time high temperature operation in nuclear power plants, is reported. It is shown how application of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cryogenic fractography and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) can be applied, in a complementary way, to observe and quantify creep cavitation damage. Creep cavities in the vicinity of the crack are found to be mainly surrounding inter-gr...

  8. Investigation of the Fracture Behavior of Scaled HY-130 Weldments

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    1990-06-01

    illustrated the significant influence of the clamnping ccnditiomns and resu~ting membrane stresses or" weldmnaet fractura . STest FILY-130 WE9-3 was...UNITED KINGDOM ATTN: I. CULLIS 1 DRA FORT HALSTEAD SEVENOAKS KENT TN14 tBP ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM ATTN: TAF (M. BORRMANN) 1 IABG EINSTEINSTRASSE 20 D

  9. Effects of Preheat on Weldments of NICOP Steel.

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    1983-09-01

    in the base and base/HAZ regions and increasing amounts of bainite and auto tempered martensite islands near the fusion line. From the point of view...The microstructures were polygonal and acicular ferrite in the base and base/HAZ regions and increasing amounts of bainite and auto tempered...columbium is allowed to dissolve in austenite the columbium will tend to retard ferrite formation and promote acicular or bainite structure formation

  10. Microstructural Characterization of HSLA-100 GMA-Weldments

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    1987-09-01

    composed primarily of upper bainite . The mechanical properties of the base material 12 )f!W V~WUWXJ W V XVWUY U I J WUV~~~lVII~1~1"~11U V X’ !W are...in one direction. This could be side plate ferrite or upper bainite since this lath 23 morphology is characteristic of both. Inclusions can be...on the formation of acicular ferrite and found weld metal with low oxygen content produced side plate ferrite and bainite as the major microstructural

  11. Hydrogen Absorption in Weldments of Overlaid Claded Pressure Vessel

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    Ronnie Rusli

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Cracks was found in type 347 stainless steel internal attachment welds of a reactor for a high temperature, and highpressure hydrogen service. One of the possible causes of cracking is low cycle fatigue cracking induced by repetition ofthermal stress to embrittled weld metal. Type 347 weld metal loses its ductility by presence of sigma phase andhydrogen.

  12. Effect of joint design on mechanical properties of AL7075 weldment

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    Li, Leijun; Orme, Kevin; Yu, Wenbin

    2005-06-01

    The effects of joint design on the mechanical properties of AL7075-T6 aluminum sheet were studied on the latest automated gas-tungsten arc-welding system. Using ER5356 filler metal, full-penetration welds were made on workpieces with various included joint angles. Testing of the mechanical properties of the joints was done in the as-welded, naturally aged, and postweld heat-treated conditions. The results show that by using crack-resistant filler, and by selecting the proper joint design and postweld heat treatment, strong, dependable welds can be produced on thin AL7075 sheet material. An elasticity model of the weld joint was established to help understand the mechanical behavior of the joints. An undermatched joint design is shown to be capable of achieving a joint strength that matches the strength of the base alloy.

  13. Cold Cracking of Flux Cored Arc Welded Armour Grade High Strength Steel Weldments

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    G.Magudeeswaran; V.Balasubramanian; G.Madhusudhan Reddy

    2009-01-01

    In this investigation, an attempt has been made to study the influence of welding consumables on the factors that influence cold cracking of armour grade quenched and tempered (Q&T) steel welds. Flux cored arc welding (FCAW) process were used making welds using austenitic stainless steel (ASS) and low hydrogen ferritic steel (LHF) consumables. The diffusible hydrogen levels in the weld metal of the ASS and LHF consumables were determined by mercury method. Residual stresses were evaluated using X-ray stress analyzer and implant test was carried out to study the cold cracking of the welds. Results indicate that ASS welds offer a greater resistance to cold cracking of armour grade Q&T steel welds.

  14. Final Report, Volume 1, Metallurgical Evaluation of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels and their Weldments

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    Wen, Songqing; Lundin, Carl, W.; Batten, Greg, W.

    2005-09-30

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) are being specified for chloride containing environments due to their enhanced pitting and stress corrosion cracking resistance. They exhibit improved corrosion performance over the austenitic stainless steels. Duplex stainless steels also offer improved strength properties and are available in various wrought and cast forms. Selected grades of duplex stainless steel castings and their welds, in comparison with their wrought counterparts, were evaluated, regarding corrosion performance and mechanical properties and weldability. Multiple heats of cast duplex stainless steel were evaluated in the as-cast, solution annealed (SA) static cast and SA centrifugal cast conditions, while their wrought counterparts were characterized in the SA condition and in the form of as-rolled plate. Welding, including extensive assessment of autogenous welds and a preliminary study of composite welds (shielded metal arc weld (SMAW)), was performed. The evaluations included critical pitting temperature (CPT) testing, intergranular corrosion (IGC) testing, ASTM A923 (Methods A, B and C), Charpy impact testing, weldability testing (ASTM A494), ferrite measurement and microstructural evaluations. In the study, the corrosion performances of DSS castings were characterized and assessed, including the wrought counterparts for comparison. The evaluation filled the pore of lack of data for cast duplex stainless steels compared to wrought materials. A database of the pitting corrosion and IGC behavior of cast and wrought materials was generated for a greater depth of understanding for the behavior of cast duplex stainless steel. In addition, improved evaluation methods for DSS castings were developed according to ASTM A923, A262, G48 and A494. The study revealed that when properly heat treated according to the specification, (1) DSS castings have equal or better pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance than their wrought counterparts; (2) Welding reduces the pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance for both the wrought and cast duplex alloys; (3) Castings generally have better toughness than their wrought counterparts in the temperature range of 80°C to +20°C; (4) All shield metal arc (SMA) test welds in DSS castings, with recommended or over matching filler metal, indicate that welding is not a significant factor when considering DSS applications.

  15. Final Report, Volume 1, Metallurgical Evaluation of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels and their Weldments

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    Wen, Songqing; Lundin, Carl, W.; Batten, Greg, W.

    2005-09-30

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) are being specified for chloride containing environments due to their enhanced pitting and stress corrosion cracking resistance. They exhibit improved corrosion performance over the austenitic stainless steels. Duplex stainless steels also offer improved strength properties and are available in various wrought and cast forms. Selected grades of duplex stainless steel castings and their welds, in comparison with their wrought counterparts, were evaluated, regarding corrosion performance and mechanical properties and weldability. Multiple heats of cast duplex stainless steel were evaluated in the as-cast, solution annealed (SA) static cast and SA centrifugal cast conditions, while their wrought counterparts were characterized in the SA condition and in the form of as-rolled plate. Welding, including extensive assessment of autogenous welds and a preliminary study of composite welds (shielded metal arc weld (SMAW)), was performed. The evaluations included critical pitting temperature (CPT) testing, intergranular corrosion (IGC) testing, ASTM A923 (Methods A, B and C), Charpy impact testing, weldability testing (ASTM A494), ferrite measurement and microstructural evaluations. In the study, the corrosion performances of DSS castings were characterized and assessed, including the wrought counterparts for comparison. The evaluation filled the pore of lack of data for cast duplex stainless steels compared to wrought materials. A database of the pitting corrosion and IGC behavior of cast and wrought materials was generated for a greater depth of understanding for the behavior of cast duplex stainless steel. In addition, improved evaluation methods for DSS castings were developed according to ASTM A923, A262, G48 and A494. The study revealed that when properly heat treated according to the specification, (1) DSS castings have equal or better pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance than their wrought counterparts; (2) Welding reduces the pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance for both the wrought and cast duplex alloys; (3) Castings generally have better toughness than their wrought counterparts in the temperature range of -80 C to +20 C; (4) All shield metal arc (SMA) test welds in DSS castings, with recommended or over matching filler metal, indicate that welding is not a significant factor when considering DSS applications.

  16. Fatigue modification of TA15 titanium alloy weldments by an ultrasonic impact treatment

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    Gao, Yukui; Zhong, Zheng; Zhang, Xiaodan;

    2014-01-01

    The welded components of TA15 titanium alloy were ultrasonically impact treated. The fatigue lives were investigated under the same test conditions. The fatigue strength was determined by stair-step method and the residual stresses were analyzed by an X-ray diffraction stress tester. The results...... show that the fatigue properties of TA15 titanium alloy welded components are sensitive to the surface treatment and ultrasonic impacting can prolong the fatigue lives. The effect of fatigue strength improvement mainly depends on compressive residual stresses and grain refinement....

  17. Hydrogen induced cold cracking studies on armour grade high strength, quenched and tempered steel weldments

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    Magudeeswaran, G.; Balasubramanian, V. [Centre for Materials Joining Research (CEMAJOR), Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar 608 002, Tamil Nadu (India); Madhusudhan Reddy, G. [Metal Joining Section, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Kanchanbagh (P.O.) Hyderabad 560 058 Andhra Pradesh (India)

    2008-04-15

    Quenched and tempered (Q and T) steels are prone to hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) in the heat affected zone after welding. The use of austenitic stainless steel (ASS) consumables to weld the above steel was the only available remedy because of higher solubility for hydrogen in austenitic phase. The use of stainless steel consumables for a non-stainless steel base metal is not economical. Hence, alternate consumables for welding Q and T steels and their vulnerability to HIC need to be explored. Recent studies proved that low hydrogen ferritic (LHF) steel consumables can be used to weld Q and T steels, which can give very low hydrogen levels in the weld deposits. In this investigation an attempt has been made to study the influence of welding consumables and welding processes on hydrogen induced cold cracking of armour grade Q and T steel welds by implant testing. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and flux cored arc welding (FCAW) processes were used for making welds using ASS and LHF welding consumables. ASS welds made using FCAW process offered a higher resistance to HIC than all other welds considered in this investigation. (author)

  18. Creep and Creep Crack Growth Behaviors for SMAW Weldments of Gr. 91 Steel

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    Kim, Woo Gon; Yin, Song Nan; Park, Ji Yeon; Hong, Sung Deok; Kim, Yong Wan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jae Young [Pukyong National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-05-15

    High Cr ferritic resistance steels with tempered martensite microstructures posses enhanced creep strength at the elevated temperatures. Those steels as represented by a modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (ASME Grade 91, hereafter Gr.91) are regarded as main structural materials of sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFR) and reactor pressure vessel materials of very high temperature reactors (VHTR). The SFR and VHTR systems are designed during long-term duration reaching 60 years at elevated temperatures and often subjected to non-uniform stress and temperature distribution during service. These conditions may generate localized creep damage and propagate the cracks and ultimately may cause a fracture. A significant portion of its life is spent in crack propagation. Therefore, a creep crack growth rate (CCGR) due to creep damage should be assessed for both the base metal (BM) and welded metal (WM). Enough CCGR data for them should be provided for assessing their structural integrities. However, their CCGR data for the Gr. 91 steels is still insufficient. In this study, the CCGR for the BM and the WM of the Gr. 91 steel was comparatively investigated. A series of the CCG tests were conducted under different applied loads for the BM and the WM at 600 .deg. C. The CCGR was characterized in terms of the C parameter, and their CCG behavior were compared, respectively

  19. Evaluation of flow properties in the weldments of vanadium alloys using a novel indentation technique

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    Gubbi, A.N.; Rowcliffe, A.F.; Lee, E.H.; King, J.F.; Goodwin, G.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Automated Ball Indentation (ABI) testing, was successfully employed to determine the flow properties of the fusion zone, heat affected zone (HAZ), and base metal of the gas tungsten arc (GTA) and electron beam (EB) welds of the V-4Cr-4Ti (large heat no. 832665) and the V-5Cr-5Ti (heat 832394) alloys. ABI test results showed a clear distinction among the properties of the fusion zone, HAZ, and base metal in both GTA and EB welds of the two alloys. GTA and EB welds of both V-4Cr-4Ti and V-5Cr-5Ti alloys show strengthening of both the fusion zone and the HAZ (compared to base metal) with the fusion zone having higher strength than the HAZ. These data correlate well with the Brinell hardness. On the other hand, GTA welds of both alloys, after a post-weld heat treatment of 950{degrees}C for 2 h, show a recovery of the properties to base metal values with V-5Cr-5Ti showing a higher degree of recovery compared to V-4Cr-4Ti. These measurements correlate with the reported recovery of the Charpy impact properties.

  20. Study of Pitting Corrosion Behavior of FSW weldments of AA6101- T6 Aluminium Alloy

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Friction Stir Welding (FSW is a promising solid state joining process widely used generally for Al alloys, especially in aerospace, marine and automobile applications. In present work, the microstructure and corrosion behavior of friction stir welded AA6101 T6 Al alloy is studied. The friction stir welding was carried using vertical milling machine with different tool rotational speeds and welding speeds. The microstructure at weld nugget or stir zone (SN, thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ, heat affected zone (HAZ and base metal were observed using optical microscopy. The corrosion tests of base alloy and welded joints were carried out in 3.5% NaCl solution at temperature of 30º C. Corrosion rate and emf were determined using cyclic polarization measurement.

  1. Corrosion behavior of Al6061 alloy weldment produced by friction stir welding process

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    Farhad Gharavi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the corrosion behavior of welded lap joints of AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy produced by friction stir welding process has been investigated. Corrosion properties of welded lap joints were studied by cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests. All tests were performed in an aerated 0.6 mol L−1 NaCl aqueous solution with pH = 6.5 at a temperature of 30 °C to characterize corrosion morphology and realize corrosion features of weld regions as opposed to the parent alloy. The microstructure of weld nugget (WN, heated affected zone (HAZ, and parent alloy were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The experimental results indicated that the welding process has a major effect on the corrosion resistance, which possibly associated to the break-down and dissolution of intermetallic particles. It is supposed that an increasing in intermetallic distributed throughout the matrix of weld regions increases the galvanic corrosion couples. Furthermore, by decreasing the grain size in the weld regions, the susceptibility to corrosion is enhanced. The pitting corrosion and intergranular attack are the dominant corrosion types in the weld regions and the parent alloy.

  2. Optimization of pulsed TIG welding process parameters on mechanical properties of AA 5456 Aluminum alloy weldments

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    Kumar, A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal 506 004 (India)], E-mail: adepu_kumar7@yahoo.co.in; Sundarrajan, S. [Scientist ' G' , Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad 500 028 (India)

    2009-04-15

    The present work pertains to the improvement of mechanical properties of AA 5456 Aluminum alloy welds through pulsed tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding process. Taguchi method was employed to optimize the pulsed TIG welding process parameters of AA 5456 Aluminum alloy welds for increasing the mechanical properties. Regression models were developed. Analysis of variance was employed to check the adequacy of the developed models. The effect of planishing on mechanical properties was also studied and observed that there was improvement in mechanical properties. Microstructures of all the welds were studied and correlated with the mechanical properties.

  3. Creep and creep-fatigue behavior of high chromium steel weldment

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    Yukio TAKAHASHI; Masaaki TABUCHI

    2011-01-01

    Manuscript received I December 2010; in revised form 9 March 2011Strength of welded joints of high chromium steels is one of the important concerns for fabricators and operators of ultra supercritical thermal power plants. A number of creep as well as creep-fatigue tests with tensile hold have been carried out on the welded joints of two types of high chromium steels widely used in Japan, I.e. Grade 91 and 122 steels. It was found that failure occurred in fine grain heat-affected zone in all the creep-fatigue tests, even at a relatively low temperature and fairly short time where failure occurred in plain base metal region in simple creep testing. Four procedures were used to predict failure lives and their results were compared with the test results. A newly proposed energy-based approach gave the best estimation of failure life, without respect of the material and temperature.

  4. Environmentally assisted cracking behavior of dissimilar metal weldments in simulated BWR coolant environments

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    Huang, J. Y.; Chiang, M. F.; Jeng, S. L.; Huang, J. S.; Kuo, R. C.

    2013-01-01

    The environmentally assisted cracking behavior of dissimilar metal (DM) welds, including Alloy 52-A 508 and Alloy 82-A508, under simulated BWR coolant conditions was studied. Effects of postweld heat treatment and sulfur content of the base metal on the corrosion fatigue and SCC growth rates of DM welds were evaluated. The crack growth rates for the DM weld heat-treated at 621 °C for 24 h were observed to be faster than those for the as-welded. But the DM weld heat-treated at 621 °C for 8 h + 400 °C for 200 h showed better SCC resistance than the as-welded. The longer the heat treatment at 621 °C, the higher the chromium carbides density along the grain boundary was observed. Sulfur could diffuse out of the base metal and segregate along the grain boundaries of the dilution zone, leading to weakening the grain boundary strength and the SCC resistance of the Alloy 52-A508 weld.

  5. 46 CFR 54.05-15 - Weldment toughness tests-procedure qualifications.

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    2010-10-01

    ... the weld metal. (2) Three specimens with the notch centered on the fusion line between parent plate and weld. (The fusion line may be identified by etching the specimen with a mild reagent.) (3) Three specimens with the notch centered in the heat affected zone, 1 mm from the fusion line. (4) Same...

  6. Corrosion behavior of Al6061 alloy weldment produced by friction stir welding process

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    Farhad Gharavi; Khamirul Amin Matori; Robiah Yunus; Norinsan Kamil Othman; Firouz Fadaeifard

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the corrosion behavior of welded lap joints of AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy produced by friction stir welding process has been investigated. Corrosion properties of welded lap joints were studied by cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests. All tests were performed in an aerated 0.6 mol L−1 NaCl aqueous solution with pH = 6.5 at a temperature of 30 °C to characterize corrosion morphology and realize corrosion features of weld regions as opposed to the par...

  7. Effect of Notch Location on Fatigue Life Prediction of Strength Mismatched HSLA Steel Weldments

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    S. Ravi; V. Balasubramanian; S. Nemat Nasser

    2004-01-01

    Welding of high strength low alloy steels (HSLA) involves usage of Iow, even and high strength filler materials (electrodes) than the parent material depending on the application of the welded structures and the availability of the filler material. In the present investigation, the fatigue crack growth behaviour of weld metal (WM) and heat affected zone (HAZ) regions of under matched (UM), equal matched (EM) and over matched (OM)joints has been studied. The base material used in this investigation is HSLA-80 steel of weldable grade. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process has been used to fabricate the butt joints. Centre cracked tension (CCT) specimen has been used to evaluate the fatigue crack growth behaviour of the welded joints. Fatigue crack growth experiments have been conducted using servo hydraulic controlled fatigue testing machine at constant amplitude loading (R=0). A method has been proposed to predict the fatigue life of HSLA steel welds using fracture mechanics approach by incorporating influences of mismatch ratio (MMR) and notch location.

  8. Study of Residual Stresses and Distortion in Structural Weldments in High-Strength Steels.

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    1981-11-30

    and Cracking due to Stress Relieving Heat Treatment of HY80 Steel ", Welding in the World, 10 (1/2), 1972. -114- elastic-plastic and creep analysis...900°F (500C) is adequate. In these steels stress relief treatments are beneficial for the prevention of stress corrosion and reheat cracking . For...of * Contract NOO014-75-C-0469 (M.I.T. OSP #82558) STUDY OF RESIDUAL STRESSES AND DISTORTION IN - . -- ISTRUCTURAL WELT*IENTS IN HIGH-STRENGTH STEELS

  9. A Creep Damage Model for High-Temperature Deformation and Failure of 9Cr-1Mo Steel Weldments

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    Mehdi Basirat

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available A dislocation-based creep model combined with a continuum damage formulation was developed and implemented in the finite element method to simulate high temperature deformation behavior in modified 9Cr-1Mo steel welds. The evolution of dislocation structures was considered as the main driving mechanism for creep. The effect of void growth, precipitate coarsening, and solid solution depletion were considered to be the operating damage processes. A semi-implicit numerical integration scheme was developed and implemented in the commercial finite element code ABAQUS-Standard as a user material subroutine. Furthermore, several creep tests of modified 9Cr-1Mo steel welded specimens were conducted at temperatures between 550–700 °C and stresses between 80–200 MPa. The accuracy of the model was verified by comparing the finite element results with experiments. The comparison between the experimental and computational results showed excellent agreement. The model can be used to simulate and predict the creep-damage behavior of Cr-Mo steel components used as structural applications in power plants.

  10. Factors Influencing the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ultra Low Carbon Bainitic 100 Tungsten Inert Gas Multipass Weldments

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    1992-09-01

    derived from the hard carbides they form ( Askeland , 1989, p.336). Although beneficial as strengtheners these same carbides can also act quite...1986. Askeland , D.R., The Science and Engineering of Materials, second ed., PWS-KENT, 1989. Blicharski, M.R., Garcia, C.I., Pytel, S. and DeArdo, A.J

  11. Characterization of microstructure and texture across dissimilar super duplex/austenitic stainless steel weldment joint by super duplex filler metal

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    Eghlimi, Abbas, E-mail: a.eghlimi@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamanian, Morteza [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eskandarian, Masoomeh [Department of Materials Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71348-51154 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zabolian, Azam [Department of Natural Resources, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Szpunar, Jerzy A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK S7N 5A9 (Canada)

    2015-08-15

    In the present paper, microstructural changes across an as-welded dissimilar austenitic/duplex stainless steel couple welded by a super duplex stainless steel filler metal using gas tungsten arc welding process is characterized with optical microscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction techniques. Accordingly, variations of microstructure, texture, and grain boundary character distribution of base metals, heat affected zones, and weld metal were investigated. The results showed that the weld metal, which was composed of Widmanstätten austenite side-plates and allotriomorphic grain boundary austenite morphologies, had the weakest texture and was dominated by low angle boundaries. The welding process increased the ferrite content but decreased the texture intensity at the heat affected zone of the super duplex stainless steel base metal. In addition, through partial ferritization, it changed the morphology of elongated grains of the rolled microstructure to twinned partially transformed austenite plateaus scattered between ferrite textured colonies. However, the texture of the austenitic stainless steel heat affected zone was strengthened via encouraging recrystallization and formation of annealing twins. At both interfaces, an increase in the special character coincident site lattice boundaries of the primary phase as well as a strong texture with <100> orientation, mainly of Goss component, was observed. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Weld metal showed local orientation at microscale but random texture at macroscale. • Intensification of <100> orientated grains was observed adjacent to the fusion lines. • The austenite texture was weaker than that of the ferrite in all duplex regions. • Welding caused twinned partially transformed austenites to form at SDSS HAZ. • At both interfaces, the ratio of special CSL boundaries of the primary phase increased.

  12. Characterization of microstructure and texture across dissimilar super duplex/austenitic stainless steel weldment joint by austenitic filler metal

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    Eghlimi, Abbas, E-mail: a.eghlimi@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamanian, Morteza [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eskandarian, Masoomeh [Department of Materials Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71348-51154 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zabolian, Azam [Department of Natural Resources, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Szpunar, Jerzy A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9 (Canada)

    2015-08-15

    The evolution of microstructure and texture across an as-welded dissimilar UNS S32750 super duplex/UNS S30403 austenitic stainless steel joint welded by UNS S30986 (AWS A5.9 ER309LMo) austenitic stainless steel filler metal using gas tungsten arc welding process was evaluated by optical micrography and EBSD techniques. Due to their fabrication through rolling process, both parent metals had texture components resulted from deformation and recrystallization. The weld metal showed the highest amount of residual strain and had large austenite grain colonies of similar orientations with little amounts of skeletal ferrite, both oriented preferentially in the < 001 > direction with cub-on-cube orientation relationship. While the super duplex stainless steel's heat affected zone contained higher ferrite than its parent metal, an excessive grain growth was observed at the austenitic stainless steel's counterpart. At both heat affected zones, austenite underwent some recrystallization and formed twin boundaries which led to an increase in the fraction of high angle boundaries as compared with the respective base metals. These regions showed the least amount of residual strain and highest amount of recrystallized austenite grains. Due to the static recrystallization, the fraction of low degree of fit (Σ) coincident site lattice boundaries, especially Σ3 boundaries, was increased in the austenitic stainless steel heat affected zone, while the formation of subgrains in the ferrite phase increased the content of < 5° low angle boundaries at that of the super duplex stainless steel. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Extensive grain growth in the HAZ of austenitic stainless steel was observed. • Intensification of < 100 > orientated grains was observed adjacent to both fusion lines. • Annealing twins with Σ3 CSL boundaries were formed in the austenite of both HAZ. • Cub-on-cube OR was observed between austenite and ferrite in the weld metal. • Weld metal had the lowest texture intensity and ratio of low angle and CSL boundaries.

  13. Effect of heat input on the microstructure, residual stresses and corrosion resistance of 304L austenitic stainless steel weldments

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    Unnikrishnan, Rahul, E-mail: rahulunnikrishnannair@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440010, Maharashtra (India); Idury, K.S.N. Satish, E-mail: satishidury@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440010, Maharashtra (India); Ismail, T.P., E-mail: tpisma@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440010, Maharashtra (India); Bhadauria, Alok, E-mail: alokbhadauria1@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440010, Maharashtra (India); Shekhawat, S.K., E-mail: satishshekhawat@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Powai, Mumbai 400076, Maharashtra (India); Khatirkar, Rajesh K., E-mail: rajesh.khatirkar@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440010, Maharashtra (India); Sapate, Sanjay G., E-mail: sgsapate@yahoo.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), South Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440010, Maharashtra (India)

    2014-07-01

    Austenitic stainless steels are widely used in high performance pressure vessels, nuclear, chemical, process and medical industry due to their very good corrosion resistance and superior mechanical properties. However, austenitic stainless steels are prone to sensitization when subjected to higher temperatures (673 K to 1173 K) during the manufacturing process (e.g. welding) and/or certain applications (e.g. pressure vessels). During sensitization, chromium in the matrix precipitates out as carbides and intermetallic compounds (sigma, chi and Laves phases) decreasing the corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. In the present investigation, 304L austenitic stainless steel was subjected to different heat inputs by shielded metal arc welding process using a standard 308L electrode. The microstructural developments were characterized by using optical microscopy and electron backscattered diffraction, while the residual stresses were measured by X-ray diffraction using the sin{sup 2}ψ method. It was observed that even at the highest heat input, shielded metal arc welding process does not result in significant precipitation of carbides or intermetallic phases. The ferrite content and grain size increased with increase in heat input. The grain size variation in the fusion zone/heat affected zone was not effectively captured by optical microscopy. This study shows that electron backscattered diffraction is necessary to bring out changes in the grain size quantitatively in the fusion zone/heat affected zone as it can consider twin boundaries as a part of grain in the calculation of grain size. The residual stresses were compressive in nature for the lowest heat input, while they were tensile at the highest heat input near the weld bead. The significant feature of the welded region and the base metal was the presence of a very strong texture. The texture in the heat affected zone was almost random. - Highlights: • Effect of heat input on microstructure, residual stresses and corrosion is studied. • HAZ and width of dendrite in the welded region increase with heat input. • Residual stresses are tensile near the welded region after the highest heat input. • Welded region has the highest pit density after highest heat input. • Dendrites and δ-ferrite were highly oriented in the welded region.

  14. A Study on Optimized Technology for an Automatic Root-pass Welding of Girth Weldment in Pipeline

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    Jeong, J. W.; Kim, I. S.; Kim, W. S.; Kim, Y. P.; Kim, C. M.; Kim, J. S.; Na, H. H.; Choi, J. H.

    2011-01-01

    Since welding process for most pipes with large diameter has been carried out by the manual process, automation of the welding process is necessary for the sake of consistent weld quality and improvement in productivity. Therefore the development of the optimized algorithm to decide the optimal welding condition is an effective technique to prove the feasibility of interface standards and intelligent control technology to increase productivity and reduce the cost of system integration. In this study, an optimized algorithm to predict process variables for root-pass welding of pipeline in STT(Surface Tension Transfer) welding process has been proposed. A regression analysis and RSM(Response Surface Method) have been employed for optimization of the coefficients of linear and 2nd-order interaction models. Not only the fitting of these models were checked and compared by using a variance test (ANOVA), but also the predictions on back-bead width and height for carbon steel using the developed models were carried out.

  15. Corrosion behaviour of austenitic stainless steel, nickel-base alloy and its weldments in aqueous LiBr solutions

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    Blasco-Tamarit, E.; Igual-Munoz, A.; Garcia Anton, J.; Garcia-Garcia, D. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Nuclear. E.T.S.I.Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, P.O. Box 22012 E-46071 Valencia (Spain)

    2004-07-01

    With the advances in materials production new alloys have been developed, such as High- Alloy Austenitic Stainless Steels and Nickel-base alloys, with high corrosion resistance. These new alloys are finding applications in Lithium Bromide absorption refrigeration systems, because LiBr is a corrosive medium which can cause serious corrosion problems, in spite of its favourable properties as absorbent. The objective of the present work was to study the corrosion resistance of a highly alloyed austenitic stainless steel (UNS N08031) used as base metal, a Nickel-base alloy (UNS N06059) used as its corresponding filler metal, and the weld metal obtained by the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) procedure. The materials have been tested in different LiBr solutions (400 g/l, 700 g/l, 850 g/l and a commercial 850 g/l LiBr heavy brine containing Lithium Chromate as corrosion inhibitor), at 25 deg. C. Open Circuit Potential tests and potentiodynamic anodic polarization curves have been carried out to obtain information about the general electrochemical behaviour of the materials. The polarization curves of all the alloys tested were typical of passivable materials. Pitting corrosion susceptibility has been evaluated by means of cyclic potentiodynamic curves, which provide parameters to analyse re-passivation properties. The galvanic corrosion generated by the electrical contact between the welded and the base material has been estimated from the polarization diagrams according to the Mixed Potential Method. Samples have been etched to study the microstructure by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The results demonstrate that the pitting resistance of all these materials increases as the LiBr concentration decreases. In general, the presence of chromate tended to shift the pitting potential to more positive values than those obtained in the 850 g/l LiBr solution. (authors)

  16. A process model for the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steel weldments: Part I. the model

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    Hemmer, H.; Grong, Ø.

    1999-11-01

    The present investigation is concerned with modeling of the microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steels under thermal conditions applicable to welding. The important reactions that have been modeled are the dissolution of austenite during heating, subsequent grain growth in the delta ferrite regime, and finally, the decomposition of the delta ferrite to austenite during cooling. As a starting point, a differential formulation of the underlying diffusion problem is presented, based on the internal-state variable approach. These solutions are later manipulated and expressed in terms of the Scheil integral in the cases where the evolution equation is separable or can be made separable by a simple change of variables. The models have then been applied to describe the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution during both thick-plate and thin-plate welding of three commercial duplex stainless steel grades: 2205, 2304, and 2507. The results may conveniently be presented in the form of novel process diagrams, which display contours of constant delta ferrite grain size along with information about dissolution and reprecipitation of austenite for different combinations of weld input energy and peak temperature. These diagrams are well suited for quantitative readings and illustrate, in a condensed manner, the competition between the different variables that lead to structural changes during welding of duplex stainless steels.

  17. Hardness distribution and tensile properties in an electron beam weldment of F82H irradiated in HFIR

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    Oka, H., E-mail: hiroshi_oka@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan); Hashimoto, N. [Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan); Muroga, T. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu (Japan); Kimura, A. [Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto (Japan); Sokolov, M.A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Yamamoto, T. [University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (United States); Ohnuki, S. [Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    F82H-IEA and its EB-weld joint were irradiated at 573 and 773 K up to 9.6 dpa and the irradiation effect on its mechanical properties and microstructure were investigated. A hardness profile across the weld joint before irradiation showed the hardness in transformed region (TR) was high and especially that in the edge of TR was the highest (high hardness region: HHR) compared to base metal (BM). These hardness distribution was correspond to grain size distribution. After irradiation, hardening in HHR was small compared to other region in the sample. In tensile test, the amount of hardening in yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of F82H EB-weld joint was almost similar to that of F82H-IEA but the fracture position of EB-weld joint was at the boundary of TR and BM. Therefore, the TR/BM boundary is the structural weak point in F82H EB-weld joint after irradiation. As the plastic instability was observed, the dislocation channeling deformation can be expected though the dislocation channel was not observed in this study.

  18. The influence of the oxygen equivalent in a gas-mixture on the structure and toughness of microalloyed steel weldments

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    RADICA PROKIC-CVETKOVIC

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Testings were carried out on two steels. The first was microalloyed with Nb and second with Ti, Nb and V. The impact toughness of weld metals of these steels was evaluated using an instrumented Charpy pendulum. Five different gas mixtures (Ar, CO2, O2 were used to determine the optimal gas shielded metal arc process for both steels. The oxygen equivalent was used as a representative parameter of a mixture to follow, in particularly, its effect on the microstructure, toughness and crack propagation energy of the weld metal. For these investigated steels, the optimum gas mixture was established (5 % CO2, 0.91 % O2, balance Ar, which provided the maximum crack propagation energy, due to the microstructurewhich consisted dominantly of acicular ferrite.

  19. The Impact of Weld Metal Creep Strength on the Overall Creep Strength of 9% Cr Steel Weldments

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    Mayr, Peter; Mitsche, Stefan; Cerjak, Horst; Allen, Samuel Miller

    2010-01-01

    In this work, three joints of a X11CrMoWVNb9-1-1 (P911) pipe were welded with three filler metals by conventional arc welding. The filler metals varied in creep strength level, so that one overmatched, one undermatched, and one matched the creep strength of the P911 grade pipe base material. The long-term objective of this work was to study the influence of weld metal creep strength on the overall creep behavior of the welded joints and their failure mechanism. Uniaxial creep tests at 600°C a...

  20. Micro Structural Comparison of Friction Stir Weldment and Shielded Metal Arc Welding in API-X65 Pipe Line

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    Amin Shahinfar

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted to investigate the microstructure and microhardness properties of the friction stir welded zones and shielded metal arc welded. Microstructural analysis of the weld was carried out using optical microscopy. Under FSW process base metal microstructure fully changed. Different heat inputs were obtained using a fix travel (welding speed in combination with several spindle speeds. Heat input during welding process had a significant influence on the microstructure and mechanical proprieties in the various weld regions.it can be concluded that with decrease in heat input the bainitic structure in the hard zone becomes finer and so hard zone hardness increase.

  1. Effect of post weld heat treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ITER-grade 316LN austenitic stainless steel weldments

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    Xin, Jijun; Fang, Chao; Song, Yuntao; Wei, Jing; Xu, Shen; Wu, Jiefeng

    2017-04-01

    The effect of postweld heat treatment (PWHT) on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ITER-grade 316LN austenitic stainless steel joints with ER316LMn filler material was investigated. PWHT aging was performed for 1 h at four different temperatures of 600 °C, 760 °C, 870 °C and 920 °C, respectively. The microstructure revealed the sigma phase precipitation occurred in the weld metals heat-treated at the temperature of 870 °C and 920 °C. The PWHT temperatures have the less effect on the tensile strength, and the maximum tensile strength of the joints is about 630 MPa, reaching the 95% of the base metal, whereas the elongation is enhanced with the rise of PWHT temperatures. Meanwhile, the sigma phase precipitation in the weld metals reduces the impact toughness.

  2. Effect of Continuous and Pulsed Current Gas Tungsten Arc Welding on Dissimilar Weldments Between Hastelloy C-276/AISI 321 Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Sharma, Sumitra; Taiwade, Ravindra V.; Vashishtha, Himanshu

    2017-03-01

    In the present investigation, an attempt has been made to join Hastelloy C-276 nickel-based superalloy and AISI 321 austenitic stainless steel using ERNiCrMo-4 filler. The joints were fabricated by continuous and pulsed current gas tungsten arc welding processes. Experimental studies to ascertain the structure-property co-relationship with or without pulsed current mode were carried out using an optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. Further, the energy-dispersive spectroscope was used to evaluate the extent of microsegregation. The microstructure of fusion zone was obtained as finer cellular dendritic structure for pulsed current mode, whereas columnar structure was formed with small amount of cellular structure for continuous current mode. The scanning electron microscope examination witnessed the existence of migrated grain boundaries at the weld interfaces. Moreover, the presence of secondary phases such as P and μ was observed in continuous current weld joints, whereas they were absent in pulsed current weld joints, which needs to be further characterized. Moreover, pulsed current joints resulted in narrower weld bead, refined morphology, reduced elemental segregation and improved strength of the welded joints. The outcomes of the present investigation would help in obtaining good quality dissimilar joints for industrial applications and AISI 321 ASS being cheaper consequently led to cost-effective design also.

  3. Mechanical properties of similar and dissimilar weldments of RAFMS and AISI 316L (N) SS prepared by electron beam welding process

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    Albert, S.K., E-mail: shaju@igcar.gov.in [Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Das, C.R. [Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Sam, Shiju [Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhi Nagar (India); Mastanaiah, P.; Patel, M. [Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad (India); Bhaduri, A.K.; Jayakumar, T. [Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Murthy, C.V.S. [Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad (India); Kumar, Rajendra [Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhi Nagar (India)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Increase of W content in RAFM steel can result in retention of delta ferrite in the EB weld of the steel. • Presence of delta ferrite seems to affect the ductile brittle transition temperature of the weld metal. • There is improper mixing of the two base metals in the fusion zone dissimilar welds of RAFM steel and austenitic stainless steel made by EB welding. - Abstract: Effect of weld metal composition on microstructure and toughness of weld metal is studied in this paper. Weld joints of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel containing 1.0 and 1.4 wt.% W were prepared using electron beam welding (EBW) process. Dissimilar weld joints between 1.0 wt.% W RAFM steel and AISI 316L (N) SS were also prepared using EBW process. The effect of post weld heat treatment (PWHT) temperatures on microstructure and mechanical properties was also studied. Microstructural observation reveals delta–ferrite in 1.4 wt.% W containing weld metal, which is absent in 1.0 wt.% W weld metal. In the case of the dissimilar weld metal, microstructure shows presence of lath martensite and retained austenite. Austenite was stable even after PWHT and its presence is attributed to high nickel (5–6 wt.%) content in the dissimilar weld metal. Hardness of RAFM steel weld metal was found to be 270–290 VHN after PWHT at 750 °C for 2 h. Impact toughness of both 1.0 and 1.4 wt.% W RAFM steel is high (>250 J) at ambient temperature. However, after PWHT, variation of toughness with temperature is more drastic for 1.4 wt.% W RAFM steel weld metal than the other. As a result, ductile brittle transition temperature (DBTT) for the 1.4 wt.% steel weld metal is close to 0 °C while that of the 1.0 wt.% W steel is close to that of the base metal (∼−80 °C)

  4. Effect of Continuous and Pulsed Current Gas Tungsten Arc Welding on Dissimilar Weldments Between Hastelloy C-276/AISI 321 Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Sharma, Sumitra; Taiwade, Ravindra V.; Vashishtha, Himanshu

    2017-02-01

    In the present investigation, an attempt has been made to join Hastelloy C-276 nickel-based superalloy and AISI 321 austenitic stainless steel using ERNiCrMo-4 filler. The joints were fabricated by continuous and pulsed current gas tungsten arc welding processes. Experimental studies to ascertain the structure-property co-relationship with or without pulsed current mode were carried out using an optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. Further, the energy-dispersive spectroscope was used to evaluate the extent of microsegregation. The microstructure of fusion zone was obtained as finer cellular dendritic structure for pulsed current mode, whereas columnar structure was formed with small amount of cellular structure for continuous current mode. The scanning electron microscope examination witnessed the existence of migrated grain boundaries at the weld interfaces. Moreover, the presence of secondary phases such as P and μ was observed in continuous current weld joints, whereas they were absent in pulsed current weld joints, which needs to be further characterized. Moreover, pulsed current joints resulted in narrower weld bead, refined morphology, reduced elemental segregation and improved strength of the welded joints. The outcomes of the present investigation would help in obtaining good quality dissimilar joints for industrial applications and AISI 321 ASS being cheaper consequently led to cost-effective design also.

  5. Laves-phase evolution during aging in fine grained heat-affected zone of a tungsten-strengthened 9% Cr steel weldment

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    Wang, Xue; XU, Qiang; Yu, Shu-min; Liu, Hong; Hu, Lei; Ren, Yao-yao

    2015-01-01

    The precipitation and coarsening of Laves-phase in the fine grained heat-affected zone (FGHAZ) of a 9% Cr steel P92 welded joint during thermal aging at 923 K were investigated and compared to the base metal (BM), in order to clarify their effects on the Type IV fracture. Laves-phase precipitated mostly on the prior austenite grain boundaries of the FGHAZ. In comparison with BM, FGHAZ contained more grain boundary areas and can provide more nucleation sites for Laves-phase, resulting in an ac...

  6. Effects of Repair Weld of Reactor Pressure Vessel Upper Head Control Rod Drive Mechanism Penetration Nozzle on J-Groove Weldment Using Finite Element Analysis

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    Kim, Ju Hee; Yoo, Sam Hyeon [Korea Military Academy, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yun Jae [Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    In pressurized water reactors, the upper head of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) contains numerous control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) nozzles. These nozzles are fabricated by welding after being inserted into the RPV head with a room temperature shrink fit. The tensile residual stresses caused by this welding are a major factor in primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC). Over the last 15 years, the incidences of cracking in alloy 600 CRDM nozzles have increased significantly. These cracks are caused by PWSCC and have been shown to be driven by the welding residual stresses and operational stresses in the weld region. Various measures are being sought to overcome these problems. The defects resulting from the welding process are often the cause of PWSCC acceleration. Therefore, any weld defects found in the RPV manufacturing process are immediately repaired by repair welding. Detailed finite element simulations for the Korea Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel were conducted in order to predict the magnitudes of the repair weld residual stresses in the tube materials.

  7. Research on the Different Surfaces of Aircraft Space Truss Type Weldment Manufacturing Technology%关于飞机空间异面桁架类焊接件制造技术的研究

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    李晓宁; 肖望东; 王声; 黄蓉; 张大均

    2016-01-01

    The winglet rack of a certain type of aircraft is as an example to present a typical spatial plane truss welding manufacturing method and way .Through the description of a certain type of aircraft wing pylon structure characteristic ,in-troduce the process of a certain type of aircraft wing pylons ,industry and trade dress design idea ,and how to use reverse measurement technology to resolve the difficulties in the process of development ,and finally achieve a certain type of aircraft wing pylons delivery and assembly .Its successful development provides the valuable experience for the manufacture of wel-ded assemblies of space plane truss structures ,which is of great reference value for the development of space plane truss type welding parts .%以某型机小翼挂架为例,研究了一种典型的空间异面桁架类焊接件制造方法与途径.通过对某型机小翼挂架结构特点的描述,详细介绍了某型机小翼挂架的工艺方法、工装设计思路,以及如何利用逆向测量技术解决研制过程中的难点,最终实现某型机小翼挂架的交付与装配.它的成功研制为空间异面类桁架结构焊组件的制造提供了宝贵的经验,对空间异面桁架类焊接件的研制具有借鉴与指导意义.

  8. Studies on Hot Corrosion of the 2.25 Cr-1Mo Boiler Tube Steel and Its Weldments in the Molten Salt Na2SO4-60 pct V2O5 Environment

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    Kumar, Ravindra; Tewari, V. K.; Prakash, S.

    2007-01-01

    Hot corrosion is mainly due to the dissolution of protective oxides in the molten salt at the metal surface and their reprecipitation at some other sites as nonprotective porous mass. The hot corrosion attack along the grain boundaries leading to subsurface precipitation of oxides and sulfides also contributes to weakening of material. Ferritic steel with 2.25Cr 1Mo is used widely as a candidate material in the steam generating system of power plants. Hot corrosion studies were conducted on 2.25Cr-1Mo unwelded as well as welded steel specimens with molten salt coated after exposure at 900 °C under cyclic conditions. The thermogravimetric technique was used to establish the kinetics of corrosion X-ray diffraction (XRD); scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive analysis (SEM/EDAX) was used to analyze the corrosion products.

  9. 提高小型镀铅锡合金焊接件抗氧化性的工艺研究%Process Research on Promoting Oxidation Resistance of Lead Tin Alloy Weldment

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    杜楠; 付明

    2012-01-01

    Some process experiments were made to solve the problem of lead tin alloy parts oxidation on surface after being stored a period of time. Based on these experiments, the protection film with anti-tarnish was made. The problems were solved that the lead tin alloy parts could not be heated melting treatment with glycerin, were easy to be oxidated and weldability decrease.%为解决镀铅锡零件在存放一定时间后其表面容易被氧化这一问题,进行了一系列工艺对比试验,保证镀层结晶细致、再加上化学钝化处理、并在此基础上试验出了防变色能力较好的保护膜,基本上解决了标准件镀铅锡合金后无法进行甘油热熔处理、镀层表面容易氧化,焊接性能下降的问题.

  10. Microstructures and crack resistance of armoured steel weldment by CO2 shielded arc welding%装甲钢CO2气体保护焊焊接接头组织和抗裂性分析

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    朱晓莹; 谭伟; 赵阳

    2007-01-01

    采用自制H10MnSi和H08Mn2Si焊丝分别制备装甲钢CO2气体保护焊焊接接头,通过金相显微镜、扫描电子显微镜和显微硬度计对装甲钢焊接接头组织及其硬度分布进行对比研究;通过斜Y形坡口焊接裂纹试验评定了自制H10MnSi焊丝和H08Mn2Si焊丝的抗裂性倾向.结果表明,在H08Mn2Si焊丝基础上改进的自制H10MnSi焊丝应用于装甲钢CO2气体保护焊时,其焊缝组织细化,针状铁素体比例明显高于H08Mn2Si焊丝,这使得H10MnSi焊丝的抗裂性优于H08Mn2Si焊丝.

  11. FE MODELING & ANALYSIS OF ARC WELDED T-JOINT

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    S.N.Pilare

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Arc welded structures are widely used in automobiles, constructions & power plants. As the main cause of weldment failure is design defect & overload, hence it is necessary to analyze the maximum stresses inthe weldment. In this paper an experimentation is carried out on welded T-joint to determine the breaking stress in the weldment. The FE analysis & analytical estimation of breaking stress is also carried out to verify the experimental results. The stress distribution along weld size & throat thickness is evaluated and also compared with reported findings. Further T-joint weld is analyzed under static tensile & bending load by varying the gap between parent plates with and without chamfer at weldment edges. The fatigue analysis under alternating tensile and bending load is also carried out and fatigue life of weldment is predicted with variation in the gap between parent plates.

  12. Laser-welded V-Cr-Ti alloys: Microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Natesan, K.; Smith, D.L.; Xu, Z.; Leong, K.H. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-09-01

    A systematic study has been in progress at Argonne National Laboratory to examine the use of YaG or CO{sub 2} lasers to weld sheet materials of V-Cr-Ti alloys and to characterize the microstructural and mechanical properties of the laser-welded materials. In addition, several postwelding heat treatments are being applied to the welded samples to evaluate their benefits, if any, to the structure and properties of the weldments. Hardness measurements are made across the welded regions of different samples to evaluate differences in the characteristics of various weldments. Several weldments were used to fabricate specimens for four-point bend tests. Several additional weldments were made with a YaG laser; here, the emphasis was on determining the optimal weld parameters to achieve deep penetration in the welds. A preliminary assessment was then made of the weldments on the basis of microstructure, hardness profiles, and defects.

  13. A comparative evaluation of microstructural and mechanical behavior of fiber laser beam and tungsten inert gas dissimilar ultra high strength steel welds

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    Jaiteerth R. Joshi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of different welding processes on the mechanical properties and the corresponding variation in the microstructural features have been investigated for the dissimilar weldments of 18% Ni maraging steel 250 and AISI 4130 steel. The weld joints are realized through two different fusion welding processes, tungsten inert arc welding (TIG and laser beam welding (LBW, in this study. The dissimilar steel welds were characterized through optical microstructures, microhardness survey across the weldment and evaluation of tensile properties. The fiber laser beam welds have demonstrated superior mechanical properties and reduced heat affected zone as compared to the TIG weldments.

  14. 75 FR 8923 - Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment...

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    2010-02-26

    ... industrial weldments. Apple Archery Products LLC 60 Leigh Drive, York, PA 2/17/2010 Apple Archery manufactures 17406. archery repair tools and equipment. Optimax Systems, Inc 6367 Dean Parkway, Ontario,...

  15. Fatigue Crack Growth Rate Test Results for Al-Li 2195 Parent Metal, Variable Polarity Plasma Arc Welds and Friction Stir Welds

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    Hafley, Robert A.; Wagner, John A.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2000-01-01

    The fatigue crack growth rate of aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy 2195 plate and weldments was determined at 200-F, ambient temperature and -320-F. The effects of stress ratio (R), welding process, orientation and thickness were studied. Results are compared with plate data from the Space Shuttle Super Lightweight Tank (SLWT) allowables program. Data from the current series of tests, both plate and weldment, falls within the range of data generated during the SLWT allowables program.

  16. Summary of Research 1997, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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    1999-01-01

    consumables and parent steels for naval shipbuilding applications. SUMMARY: In recent years the U.S. Navy has been replacing the HY80 -100 series of high...of High-Strength, Low-Alloy (HSLA) Steels and Their Weldments 29 Modeling and Simulation of Damage and Cracks in Solid Rocket Propellant Materials 41...mechanical properties of Navy high strength steels and their weldments so that new weld consumables and parent steels for Naval applications can be

  17. Investigations on the microstructure and mechanical properties of multi-pass PCGTA welding of super-duplex stainless steel

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    K Devendranath Ramkumar; Debidutta Mishra; G Thiruvengatam; S P Sudharsan; Tadikonda Harsha Mohan; Vimal Saxena; Rachit Pandey; N Arivazhagan

    2015-08-01

    This paper addresses the weldability, microstructure and mechanical properties of the multi-pass welding of super-duplex stainless steel (SDSS). Pulsed current gas tungsten arc welding (PCGTAW) was carried out employing ER2553 and ERNiCrMo-4 fillers. Microstructure examination showed the presence of austenite in different forms at the weld zone of ER2553 whereas multi-directional grain growth was observed for ERNiCrMo-4 welds. Tensile and impact studies corroborated that the weldments employing ER2553 exhibited better results compared with ERNiCrMo-4 weldments. Detailed structure–property relationships of the weldments have been reported in the present study. The results corroborated that the enhanced properties could be achieved with the matching filler wire compared with the over-alloyed filler.

  18. Assessment of the feasibility of developing a Hanford Site weld modeling program

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    Atteridge, D.G.; Anderson, W.E.; Klein, R.F.

    1986-11-01

    Welding on the Hanford Site is an everyday occurrence, and most of the weldments made on site are relatively straightforward. Groove geometries, fillers, and wleding techniques and parameters are normally decided by experience or handbook advice. However, there are other weldments that might employ new materials, as well as one-of-a-kind welding situations. Implementation of a verified analytical weld assessment method would allow optimization of weld metal and heat-affected zone microstructure, and of variables that affect structural deformation and residual stresses. Realistic prediction of weldment thermal and strain history will require the use of a finite element model. Microstructure and resultant properties can be predicted using complex computer-based microstructure evolution models, literature-based empirical equations, or experimentally established behaviors. This report examines the feasibility of developing analytical methods for establishing weld parameter envelopes in new, complex welded configurations.

  19. Pulsed Magnetic Welding for Advanced Core and Cladding Steel

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    Cao, Guoping [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Yang, Yong [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States)

    2013-12-19

    To investigate a solid-state joining method, pulsed magnetic welding (PMW), for welding the advanced core and cladding steels to be used in Generation IV systems, with a specific application for fuel pin end-plug welding. As another alternative solid state welding technique, pulsed magnetic welding (PMW) has not been extensively explored on the advanced steels. The resultant weld can be free from microstructure defects (pores, non-metallic inclusions, segregation of alloying elements). More specifically, the following objectives are to be achieved: 1. To design a suitable welding apparatus fixture, and optimize welding parameters for repeatable and acceptable joining of the fuel pin end-plug. The welding will be evaluated using tensile tests for lap joint weldments and helium leak tests for the fuel pin end-plug; 2 Investigate the microstructural and mechanical properties changes in PMW weldments of proposed advanced core and cladding alloys; 3. Simulate the irradiation effects on the PWM weldments using ion irradiation.

  20. A MULTI-COUPLED FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF RESISTANCE SPOT WELDING PROCESS

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    Hou Zhigang; Wang Yuanxun; Li Chunzhi; Chen Chuanyao

    2006-01-01

    A two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model is developed to analyze the transient thermal and mechanical behaviors of the Resistance Spot Welding (RSW) process using commercial software ANSYS. Firstly a direct-coupled electrical-thermal Finite Element Analysis(FEA) is performed to analyze the transient thermal characteristics of the RSW process. Then based on the thermal results a sequential coupled thermo-elastic-plastic analysis is conducted to determine the mechanical features of the RSW process. The thermal history of the whole process and the temperature distribution of the weldment are obtained through the analysis.The mechanical features, including the distributions of the contact pressure at both the faying surface and the electrode-workpiece interface, the stress and strain distributions in the weldment and their changes during the RSW process, the deformation of the weldment and the electrode displacement are also calculated.

  1. Resistance Spot Weldability of Galvanize Coated and Uncoated TRIP Steels

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    Hayriye Ertek Emre

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the resistance spot weldabilty of zinc galvanize-coated and uncoated TRIP800 steels was investigated in detail. Depending on the welding parameters such as welding current and welding time, the effects of zinc coating on the weld nugget geometry, the tensile shear strength, the failure modes, the hardness, and the microstructure of the resistance spot-welded sample were studied, and the results are compared with that of uncoated weldment. The coating on the surface of the TRIP steel causes a decrease in the weld nugget size and tensile shear strength of the weldment, and it changes to failure mode of the test sample from pullout to interfacial or partial interfacial fracture. As compared with the uncoated sample, the galvanized TRIP800 steel weldment has required a larger critical nugget size for achieving the desired pullout fracture mode and acceptable tensile shear strength.

  2. X-ray online detection for laser welding T-joint of Al-Li alloy

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    Zhan, Xiaohong; Bu, Xing; Qin, Tao; Yu, Haisong; Chen, Jie; Wei, Yanhong

    2017-05-01

    In order to detect weld defects in laser welding T-joint of Al-Li alloy, a real-time X-ray image system is set up for quality inspection. Experiments on real-time radiography procedure of the weldment are conducted by using this system. Twin fillet welding seam radiographic arrangement is designed according to the structural characteristics of the weldment. The critical parameters including magnification times, focal length, tube current and tube voltage are studied to acquire high quality weld images. Through the theoretical and data analysis, optimum parameters are settled and expected digital images are captured, which is conductive to automatic defect detection.

  3. Estimation of embrittlement during aging of AISI 316 stainless steel TIG welds

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    J Nayak; K R Udupa; K R Hebbar; H V S Nayak

    2004-12-01

    Weldments of AISI grade 316 stainless steel, having a ferrite content of 4–6% and a variety of nitrogen concentrations were prepared using a modified element implant technique. Charpy impact specimens prepared from these weldments were subjected to a variety of aging treatments. Impact toughness decreases with aging time at all aging temperatures. Nitrogen is found to be beneficial to toughness. An empirical relation connecting the aging temperature, aging time and nitrogen content with toughness has been developed which can be used to estimate the time for embrittlement.

  4. Laser-welded V-Cr-Ti alloys: Microstructural and mechanical properties

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    Natesan, K.; Smith, D.L.; Sanders, P.G.; Leong, K.H. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1998-03-01

    A systematic study has been initiated to examine the use of lasers to weld sheet materials of V-Cr-Ti alloys and to characterize the microstructural and mechanical properties of the laser-welded materials. In addition, several post-welding heat treatments are being applied to the welded samples to evaluate their benefits, if any, to the structure and properties of the weldments. Hardness measurements are made across the welded regions of different samples to evaluate differences in the characteristics of various weldments.

  5. Susceptibility to environmentally induced cracking of laser-welded NiTi wires in Hanks’ solution at open-circuit potential

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    Chan, Chi Wai; Man, H. C.; Yue, T. M.

    2012-01-01

    In the present study the tensile and super-elastic behaviours of laser-welded NiTi wires in Hanks’ solution at open-circuit potential (OCP) were investigated using tensile and cyclic slow-strain-rate tests (SSRT). In comparison with NiTi weldment tested in oil (non-corrosive environment), the weldment in Hanks’ solution suffered from obvious degradation in the tensile properties as evidenced by lower tensile strength, reduced maximum elongation, and a brittle fracture mode. Moreover, a larger...

  6. Reduction of environmentally induced cracking of laser-welded shape memory NiTi wires via post-weld heat-treatment

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    C. W. Chan; Man, H. C.

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the environmentally induced cracking behaviour of the NiTi weldment with and without post-weld heat-treatment (PWHT) in Hanks’ solution at 37.5 °C at OCP were studied by tensile and cyclic slow-strain-rate tests (SSRT), and compared with those tested in oil (an inert environment). Our previous results in the tensile and cyclic SSRT showed that the weldment without PWHT showed high susceptibility to the hydrogen cracking, as evidenced by the degradation of tensile and super-elas...

  7. A Destructive Validation of NDE Responses of Service-Induced PWSCC Found in North Anna 2 Control Rod Drive Nozzle 31

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    Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Doctor, Steven R.; Schuster, George J.; Harris, Robert V.; Crawford, Susan L.; Seffens, Rob J.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.; Moyer, C.

    2009-07-01

    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington focused on assessing the effectiveness of nondestructive examination (NDE) techniques for inspecting control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) nozzles and J-groove weldments. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the effectiveness of NDE methods as related to the in-service inspection of CRDM nozzles and J-groove weldments, and to enhance the knowledge base of primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) through destructive characterization of the CRDM assemblies.

  8. Experimental Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Friction Welded Dissimilar Steels under Varying Axial Pressures

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    Handa Amit

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study emphasizes on joints two industrially important materials AISI 304 with AISI 1021steels, produced by friction welding have been investigated. Samples were welded under different axial pressures ranging from 75MPa to 135MPa, at constant speed of 920rpm. The tensile strength, torsional strength, impact strength and micro hardness values of the weldments were determined and evaluated. Simultaneously the fractrography of the tensile tested specimens were carried out, so as to understand the failure analysis. It was observed that improved mechanical properties were noticed at higher axial pressures. Ductile failures of weldments were also observed at 120MPa and 135MPa axial pressures during fractography analysis.

  9. Fusion Welding Research.

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    1983-04-30

    of deep surface depresion due to vortex formation is being studied through a mathematical model. I Welding direction (a)e S (b) Figure 27: Schematic...each weldment. Specimens were cleaned in acetone and alcohol to remove grease and * dirt. They were finally cleaned ultrasonically in a detergent

  10. Automatic Guidance System for Welding Torches

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    Smith, H.; Wall, W.; Burns, M. R., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    Digital system automatically guides welding torch to produce squarebutt, V-groove and lap-joint weldments within tracking accuracy of +0.2 millimeter. Television camera observes and traverses weld joint, carrying welding torch behind. Image of joint digitized, and resulting data used to derive control signals that enable torch to track joint.

  11. Galvanic Corrosion Behavior of Microwave Welded and Post-weld Heat-Treated Inconel-718 Joints

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    Bansal, Amit; Sharma, Apurbba Kumar; Kumar, Pradeep

    2017-05-01

    In the present study, corrosion behavior of microwave welded Inconel-718 at various conditions was investigated. Welding of Inconel-718 in 980 °C solution-treated condition was performed using microwave hybrid heating technique. The microwave welds were subjected to post-heat treatment for improving its microstructure and mechanical properties by solubilizing the Nb-enriched Laves phase. The microstructural features of the fabricated welds at various conditions were investigated through scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical testing results revealed that Inconel-718 welds were galvanic corroded when they were anodically polarized in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution at 28 °C. The difference in the corrosion potentials between the base metal (BM) and fusion zone (FZ) in an Inconel-718 weld was the main factor for galvanic corrosion. The highest corrosion was occurred in the as-welded/aged weldments, followed by 980 °C solution-treated and aged weldments, as-welded specimen, and 1080 °C solution-treated and aged (1080STA) weldments. The least galvanic corrosion was occurred in the 1080STA specimens due to almost uniform microstructure developed in the weldment after the treatment. Thus, it was possible to minimize the galvanic corrosion in the microwave welded Inconel-718 by 1080STA treatment which resulted in reducing the difference in corrosion potentials between the BM and the FZ.

  12. Oil-Ash Corrosion Resistance of Dissimilar T22/T91 Welded Joint of Super Heater Tubes

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    Mittal, Rutash; Sidhu, Buta Singh

    2015-02-01

    The studies on the high temperature corrosion of the dissimilar metal weldment are necessary for longer service of the weldments in corrosive medium. This paper reports the performance of microstructurally different regions, namely heat-affected zone (HAZ), weld metal (WM), and base metal (BM) of dissimilar metal weldment of T22/T91 in the molten salt (Na2SO4-60%V2O5) environment under cyclic studies. The T22 HAZ, WM, and T91 HAZ were observed to oxidize at higher rates and develop more scale thickness than other regions in the weldment. Microstructures and elemental analysis indicate lesser availability of Cr in T22 HAZ and T91 HAZ due to formation of Cr-rich phases, which ultimately causes the difference in oxidation behavior of different regions. The presence of chromium carbides and intermetallics in un-oxidized T22 HAZ region and martensitic structure with the presence of delta ferrites in un-oxidized T91 HAZ region was observed to be the major cause behind the weak corrosion resistance of the respective HAZs. The higher oxidation rate of T22 HAZ may be attributed to the absence of protective scale of Cr2O3 and presence of Fe3O4 phases. Similarly higher oxidation rate of T91 HAZ region can be attributed to lesser availability of Cr due to the propensity of development of delta ferrite in martensitic structure.

  13. Suitability of Tophet C-Alloy 52/Kovar components to hydrogen environments

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    Gebhart, J.M.; Kelly, M.D.

    1976-06-22

    The suitability of Tophet C-Alloy 52/Kovar weldments to hydrogen embrittlement were investigated because of their potential as candidate materials in fabrication of minaturized initiators for pyrotechnics. Cathodic charged samples were statically loaded for extended periods of time resulting in no load failures and in ductile fracture surfaces indicating resistance to hydrogen embrittlement. 20 figures.

  14. Mechanized X-ray inspection system for large tanks

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    Occhipinti, G. C.

    1967-01-01

    Mechanized X ray equipment provides nondestructive inspection of structural weldments at various positions on very large tanks. It mechanizes the placement of the film, automates the identification process, adheres to safety requirements, and eliminates all the usual time-consuming manual operations in industrial radiography.

  15. SCC of X-52 and X-60 weldements in diluted NaHCO{sub 3} solutions with chloride and sulfate ions

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    Gonzalez-Rodriguez, J.G.; Zeferino-Rodriguez, T. [UAEM-Centro de Investigacion en Ingenieria y Ciencias Aplicadas, Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa 62210, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Espinosa-Medina, M.A.; Angeles-Chavez, C. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 152, Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, 07730 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2007-08-15

    Stress corrosion cracking tests were performed in both X-52 and X-60 weldments in sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO{sub 3}) solutions at 50 C using the Slow Strain Rate Testing (SSRT) technique. Solution concentrations varied between 0.1 to 0.0001 M, and to simulate the NS-4 solution, chloride (Cl{sup -}) and/or sulfate (SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) ions were added to the 0.01 M solution. Tests were complemented with hydrogen permeation measurements and polarization curves. It was found that the corrosion rate, taken as the corrosion current, I{sub corr}, was maximum in 0.01 M NaHCO{sub 3} and with additions of SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} ions. Higher or lower solution concentrations or additions of Cl{sup -} alone decreased the corrosion rate of the weldment. The SSC susceptibility, measured as the percentage reduction in area, was maximum in 0.01M NaHCO{sub 3}. Higher or lower solution concentrations of additions of Cl{sup -} or SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} decreased the SCC susceptibility of the weldment. The amount of hydrogen uptake for the weldment was also highest in 0.01 M NaHCO{sub 3} solution, but it was minimum with the addition of Cl{sup -} or SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} ions. Thus, the most likely mechanism for the cracking susceptibility of X-52 and X-60 weldments in diluted NaHCO{sub 3} solutions seems to be hydrogen-assisted anodic dissolution. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  16. Influence of Welding Current and Joint Design on the Tensile Properties of SMAW Welded Mild Steel Joints Prof. Rohit Jha1 , Dr. A.K. Jha

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Present study includes welding characteristics of weldment with respect to different types of weld design and welding current. Mild steel plates of 6mm were welded using different joint designs. Single V, Double V and Flat surfaces were joined by Shielded Metal Arc Welding process. Welding current was varied in all the cases. Mechanical properties such as ultimate tensile strength, yield strength and percentage elongation were evaluated. Results indicated that the single V joint design depict maximum UTS in comparison to other welding joints and also weld properties of joints (weldment increases to some extent up-to a particular current level, after which the strength decreases. Welding current also affect the welding speed.

  17. Measurement and Analysis of the Diffusible Hydrogen in Underwater Wet Welding Joint

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    Kong Xiangfeng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The diffusible hydrogen in steel weldments is one of the main reasons that led to hydrogen assisted cracking. In this paper, the results of literatures survey and preliminary tests of the diffusible hydrogen in underwater wet welding joint were presented. A fluid-discharge method of for measuring the diffusible hydrogen in weldment was introduced in detail. Two kinds of underwater welding electrode diffusible hydrogen are 26.5 mL/100g and 35.5 mL/100g by fluid-discharge method, which are high levels. The diffusible hydrogen of underwater welding is higher than atmospheric welding, and the result is closely related to welding material. The best way to control the diffusible hydrogen is adjusting welding material and improving fluidity of slag.

  18. Development of an ultrasonic imaging system for the inspection of nuclear reactor pressure vessels. Final report

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    Becker, F.L.; Crow, V.L.; Davis, T.J.; Doctor, S.R.; Hildebrand, B.P.; Lemon, D.K.; Posakony, G.J.

    1979-10-01

    The development of an experimental model of an ultrasonic linear array system for the inspection of weldments in nuclear reactor pressure vessels is described. The imaging system is designed to operate in both pulse echo and holographic modes of operation. The system utilizes a sequentially pulsed, phase steered linear array to develop pulse echo images and a line focused illumination transducer in conjunction with a linear receiver array to develop holographic reconstructed images. The results recorded from the computer-based system demonstrate the capability of array technology. Excellent results from both the pulse echo and holographic modes of operation have been achieved. Pulse echo images of flaws in weldments are displayed in B-scan, C-scan, or isometric presentations. Reconstruction of the phase or holographic images are compared with pulse echo results and demonstrate the enhancement potential for the holographic procedure.

  19. Cooling Rate Effect on Microhardness for SAW Welded Mild Steel Plate

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    Sanjay Singh

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available During fusion welding process it is possible to determine temperature at any point by using thermocouples and from such data it is possible to draw temperature distribution for any point of interest, such temperature distribution can be utilized to determine average cooling rate and distortion. These studies are utilized to investigate the microstructure and microhardness of the heat affected zone (HAZ and weldment. In present work, the influence of heat input and temperature distribution on microstructure and mechanical properties of weldment have been investigated. Fractional factorial design technique is used to conduct the experiment with four factors and two levels. Eight combinations and two set of heat input are designed with different combinations of SAW welding parameters. Temperature distribution curves and cooling rate, distortion, and microhardness curve have been drawn. The effects of selected welding parameters on the microhardness and microstructure have been investigated.

  20. 3-D FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT OF WELDING RESIDUAL STRESS ON HYDROGEN DIFFUSION IN HYDROGEN CONTAINED ENVIRONMENT

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    2007-01-01

    The hydrogen distribution of 16MnR steel weldment in hydrogen contained environment was calculated using the finite element method (FEM). The effect of welding residual stress on hydrogen diffusion has been discussed using a 3-D sequential coupling finite element analysis procedure complied by Abaqus code. The hydrogen diffusion coefficient in weld metal, the heat affected zone (HAZ), and the base metal of the 16MnR steel weldment were measured using the electrochemical permeation technique. The hydrogen diffusion without the effect of stress was also calculated and compared. Owing to the existence of welding residual stress, the hydrogen concentration was obviously increased and the hydrogen would diffuse and accumulate in the higher stress region.

  1. High Productivity Aluminum Manufacturing

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    2013-07-01

    25 Figure 10 Height Measurement of the top weld bead, produced with the HDGMAW technique, with the aid of a dial gauge ... dial gauge 5.8 Weld Evaluations and Testing The conformance of the HDGMA welds in the proof of concept 5’ (1524mm) weldments to the requirements... translates the welding torch along the joints being welded and a mechanical seam tracking device, attached to the welding head (i.e. torch and its brackets

  2. Mechanical properties of transition joint materials in support of LMFBR steam generator design

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    Brinkman, C.R.; King, J.F.; Strizak, J.P.; Klueh, R.L.; Booker, M.K.

    1977-01-01

    Mechanical data needs are identified for transition joint weldments between austenitic and ferritic structural materials planned for LMFBR service. Since the heat-affected zone in the ferritic material is apparently the critical area, particular attention must be given to behavior in this region. Interim results are given to show differences in mechanical properties of the joint materials with particular emphasis on the ferritic materials.

  3. Mechanical properties and long-range behaviour of TZM-welding joints

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    Jakobeit, W.; Bulla, W.; Eck, R.; Ullrich, G.

    1987-05-01

    In order to utilize the known excellent high temperature properties of TZM (Mo-0,5Ti-0,08Zr) for construction of components with thick sections (sheets of 8 mm wall thickness, bars of 25 mm diameter) the testing of suitable joining techniques was necessary. Based on the present state of the art the EB- and TIG-welding as well as the friction welding seemed to be the qualified methods. The investigations of the welded specimens covered non-destructive tests and metallographic evaluations as well as tensile tests, long term creep rupture tests at 850/sup 0/C and fatigue tests unter tension-compression stresses at room temperature and 850/sup 0/C. EB- and TIG-weldments showed coarse grained weld and heat affected zones. Due to higher gas contents, the EB-welded specimens produced by P/M process were interspersed with pores while the joints of the ARC-cast TZM material were uniform. However, TIG-welds of both variants were affected with porosity and cracks. The friction welds were almost perfect. In the tensile tests, all the joints containing recrystallized microstructure zones ruptured in the welds at strength values equivalent to recrystallized TZM. The strength of friction welds exhibited significant higher values. At room temperature the tensile ductility of all weldments was inadequate, the friction welded specimens showed the lowest values. At 850/sup 0/C the tensile ductility was adequate in all variants. The creep rupture tests at 850/sup 0/C exhibit up to 10,000 h that the strength of the friction weldments exceed those of the EB-weldments. (orig./IHOE).

  4. Materials Research for Superconducting Machinery-IV

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    1975-09-01

    increases with decreasing ( 19) amounts of delta ferrite present. Wells and Hagadorn have reported -> on Varestraint tests in high manganese stainless...to 5X delta ferrite in the weld fusion zone) were found to be feebly magnetic. However, weldments on Nitronic 33 made by the GTAW process U8:ng a...copper brazed X750 material revealed nonuniform wetting, dissolution of the X750 material interfara and grain boundary penetration by the copper

  5. Studies on the effect of vibration on hot cracking and Grain size in AA7075 Aluminum alloy Welding

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    2011-01-01

    The aim of this present study is to investigate the vibration effect which is applied during Gas tungsten Arc welding (GTAW) welding in order to improve the quality of high strength Aluminum alloy weldment. An important metallurgical difficulty in arc welding of high strength aluminum alloys is formation of hot cracking. When Aluminum alloy is welded by GTAW process, weld fusion zone shows coarse columnar grains during weld metal solidification. This often leads to poor resistance to hot crac...

  6. Influece of the austempering temperature on the tensile strength of the austempered ductile iron (ADI) samples

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    Savićević, S.; Avdušinović, H.; A. Gigović-Gekić; Z. Jurković; Vukčević, M.; M. Janjić

    2017-01-01

    Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) is a class of ductile iron subjected to a two-step heat treatment process – austenitization and austempering. The heat treatment gives to ADI a high value of tensile strength and an especially good strength-to-weight ratio. However, designers in most cases are unfamiliar with this material that can compete favorably with steel and aluminum castings, weldments and forgings. The high tensile strength of ADI is the result of its unique ausferrite microstructure. In...

  7. Distribution of Longitudinal Inherent Strains in Multiple-passes Welding

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    Peng HE; Jiuhai ZHANG; Toshio Terasaki; Testuya Akiyama

    2001-01-01

    A fundamental theory for the analysis of residual welding stresses and deformation based on the inherent strain distribution along the welded joint is introduced. The computing method of distribution of longitudinal inherent strains in multiple-passes welding in heavy plate weldment is proposed. Distribution of longitudinal inherent strains in one-pass welding and two-passes welding are compared and analyzed. The effect of cutting on inherent strain is discussed.

  8. Lamb wave scattering by a surface-breaking crack in a plate

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    Datta, S. K.; Al-Nassar, Y.; Shah, A. H.

    1991-01-01

    An NDE method based on finite-element representation and modal expansion has been developed for solving the scattering of Lamb waves in an elastic plate waveguide. This method is very powerful for handling discontinuities of arbitrary shape, weldments of different orientations, canted cracks, etc. The advantage of the method is that it can be used to study the scattering of Lamb waves in anisotropic elastic plates and in multilayered plates as well.

  9. 焊缝余高对焊接接头疲劳强度的影响%INFLUENCE OF PILE HIGH ON FATIGUE STRENGTH OF WELDING JOINT

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    吕晓春; 张志毅; 李爱民

    2011-01-01

    The influence of pile high on fatigue strength of AQ400NH material weldment were studied by testing fatigue property of AQ400NH material and its smooth and pile high weldment, observing fracture, determining S -N curve, calculating stress with ANSYS. The results show that the weld defect is the main reason to influence fatigue strength of smooth weldment than the pile high is the main reason to influence fatigue strength of weldment with pile high. To measure true strain and ANSYS calculation give the same result that stress concentrate area is in weld toe, there is an linear relation between the strength of stress concentrate and pile high.%通过测定AQ400NH材料的光滑焊件、余高焊件的疲劳性能、观察断口形貌、绘制S-N曲线以及用AN-SYS有限元程序计算应力分布,研究余高对焊接接头疲劳强度的影响.结果发现,对于光滑焊件,焊接缺陷是影响疲劳强度的主要原因,对于有余高焊件,余高的高度是影响疲劳强度的主要原因,实际应变测量和有限元计算都表明,焊趾部位是应力集中区,应力集中的强度和余高间有线性关系.

  10. Stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of thick section high strength low alloy steel.

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    Needham, William Donald

    1986-01-01

    An experimental study was conducted to evaluate the corrosion performance of weldments of a high strength low alloy(HSLA) steel in a simulated seawater environment. This steel, designated HSLA80, was developed by the United States Navy for use in ship structural applications. Stress corrosion CRACKING(SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement(HEM) were investigated by conducting 42 Wedge-Opening load(WOL) tests as a function of stress intensity and corrosion potential and 33 Slow Strain Rate(SSR) tests...

  11. Microstructural Investigation and Evaluation of Mechanical Properties in Friction Stir Welded Joints

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    2011-08-01

    Properties in Friction Stir Welded Joints BRIAN JUSTUSSON MENTORS: DR. CONSTANTINE FOUNTZOULAS AND DR. CHIAN-FONG YEN U.S. ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY...2011 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Microstructural Investigation And Evaluation Of Mechanical Properties In Friction Stir Welded Joints 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER...of the weldment can be costly and needs to be addressed. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a solid-state welding technique, which involves local softening

  12. Investigation of the Weld Properties of Dissimilar S32205 Duplex Stainless Steel with AISI 304 Steel Joints Produced by Arc Stud Welding

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    Aziz Barış Başyiğit

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available UNS S32205 duplex stainless steel plates with a thickness of 3 mm are arc stud welded by M8 × 40 mm AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel studs with constant stud lifts in order to investigate the effects of welding arc voltages on mechanical and microstructural behaviors of the joints. As the welding arc voltage increases starting from 140 V, the tensile strength of the weldment also increases but the higher arc values results in more spatters around the weld seam up to 180 V. Conversely, the lower arc voltages causes poor tensile strength values to weldments. Tensile tests proved that all of the samples are split from each other in the welding zone but deformation occurs in duplex plates during the tensile testing of weldments so that the elongation values are not practically notable. The satisfactory tensile strength and bending values are determined by applying 180 volts of welding arc voltage according to ISO 14555 standard. Peak values of micro hardness occurred in weld metal most probably as a consequence of increasing heat input decreasing the delta ferrite ratios. As the arc voltage increases, the width of the heat affected zone increases. Coarsening of delta-ferrite and austenite grains was observed in the weld metal peak temperature zone but it especially becomes visible closer to the duplex side in all samples. The large voids and unwelded zones up to approximately 1 mm by length are observed by macro-structure inspections. Besides visual tests and micro-structural surveys; bending and microhardness tests with radiographic inspection were applied to samples for maintaining the correct welding parameters in obtaining well-qualified weldments of these two distinct groups of stainless steel materials.

  13. Effects of LSP on micro-structures and residual stresses in a 4 mm CLAM steel weld joints

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    Chen, Xizhang, E-mail: chenxizhang@wzu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Wenzhou University., Wenzhou 325035 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu (China); Fang, Yuanyuan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu (China); Zhang, Shuyan; Kelleher, Joe F. [ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Zhou, Jianzhong [School of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu (China)

    2015-05-15

    The effects of laser shock processing (LSP) on the distribution of residual stress and micro-structure of China Low Activation Martensitic (CLAM) steel weldment were investigated via neutron diffraction and optical microscope (OM). A pair of 4 mm CLAM steel plates joined by GTA welding. Special attention is paid to the generation of high level compressive residual stresses introduced by LSP. Residual stress in longitudinal, normal and transversal direction at weldment surface and longitudinal stress through thickness are evaluated via neutron diffraction. Compressive residual stress after LSP occurred at more than 90% areas within the weld joint, it is almost double the areas of compressive stress compare to weldment surface before LSP. The maximum compressive normal residual stress becomes to −183 MPa after LSP from −63 MPa before LSP. The Modification of surface micro-structures including weld zone (WZ), heat affected zone (HAZ) and base metal (BM) are also discussed. Results to date demonstrate that laser shock processing has been a great potential method for the improvement of mechanical performance of components.

  14. Fiber laser welding of austenitic steel and commercially pure copper butt joint

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    Kuryntsev, S. V.; Morushkin, A. E.; Gilmutdinov, A. Kh.

    2017-03-01

    The fiber laser welding of austenitic stainless steel and commercially pure copper in butt joint configuration without filler or intermediate material is presented. In order to melt stainless steel directly and melt copper via heat conduction a defocused laser beam was used with an offset to stainless steel. During mechanical tests the weld seam was more durable than heat affected zone of copper so samples without defects could be obtained. Three process variants of offset of the laser beam were applied. The following tests were conducted: tensile test of weldment, intermediate layer microhardness, optical metallography, study of the chemical composition of the intermediate layer, fractography. Measurements of electrical resistivity coefficients of stainless steel, copper and copper-stainless steel weldment were made, which can be interpreted or recalculated as the thermal conductivity coefficient. It shows that electrical resistivity coefficient of cooper-stainless steel weldment higher than that of stainless steel. The width of intermediate layer between stainless steel and commercially pure copper was 41-53 μm, microhardness was 128-170 HV0.01.

  15. Study of gas tungsten arc welding procedures for tantalum alloy T-111 (Ta-8 W-2Hf) plate

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    Gold, R. E.; Kesterson, R. L.

    1973-01-01

    Methods of eliminating or reducing underbread cracking in multipass GTA welds in thick T-111 plate were studied. Single V butt welds prepared using experimental filler metal compositions and standard weld procedures resulted in only moderate success in reducing underbread cracking. Subsequent procedural changes incorporating manual welding, slower weld speeds, and three or fewer fill passes resulted in crack-free single V welds only when the filler metal was free of hafnium. The double V joint design with successive fill passes on opposite sides of the joint produced excellent welds. The quality of each weld was determined metallographically since the cracking, when present, was very slight and undetectable using standard NDT techniques. Tensile and bend tests were performed on selected weldments. The inherent filler metal strength and the joint geometry determined the strength of the weldment. Hardness and electron beam microprobe traverses were made on selected specimens with the result that significant filler metal-base metal dilution as well as hafnium segregation was detected. A tentative explanation of T-111 plate underbread cracking is presented based on the intrinsic effects of hafnium in the weldment.

  16. High Temperature Corrosion studies on Pulsed Current Gas Tungsten Arc Welded Alloy C-276 in Molten Salt Environment

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    Manikandan, M.; Arivarasu, M.; Arivazhagan, N.; Puneeth, T.; Sivakumar, N.; Murugan, B. Arul; Sathishkumar, M.; Sivalingam, S.

    2016-09-01

    Alloy C-276 is widely used in the power plant environment due to high strength and corrosion in highly aggressive environment. The investigation on high- temperature corrosion resistance of the alloy C-276 PCGTA weldment is necessary for prolonged service lifetime of the components used in corrosive environments. Investigation has been carried out on Pulsed Current Gas Tungsten Arc Welding by autogenous and different filler wires (ERNiCrMo-3 and ERNiCrMo-4) under molten state of K2SO4-60% NaCl environment at 675oC under cyclic condition. Thermogravimetric technique was used to establish the kinetics of corrosion. Weight gained in the molten salt reveals a steady-state parabolic rate law while the kinetics with salt deposits displays multi-stage growth rates. PCGTA ERNiCrMo-3 shows the higher parabolic constant compared to others. The scale formed on the weldment samples upon hot corrosion was characterized by using X-ray diffraction, SEM and EDAX analysis to understand the degradation mechanisms. From the results of the experiment the major phases are identified as Cr2O3, Fe2O3, and NiCr2O4. The result showed that weld fabricated by ERNiCrMo-3 found to be more prone to degradation than base metal and ERNiCrMo-4 filler wire due to higher segregation of alloying element of Mo and W in the weldment

  17. Microstructure-dependent fracture toughness (JIC) variations in dissimilar pipe welds for pressure vessel system of nuclear plants

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    Rathod, Dinesh W.; Pandey, Sunil; Singh, P. K.; Kumar, Suranjit

    2017-09-01

    In present study, dissimilar metal weld (DMW) joints between SA508Gr.3cl.1 ferritic steel and SS304LN pipes were prepared using Inconel 82/182, and Inconel 52/152 consumables. Metallurgical properties and their influence on fracture toughness of weldment regions and interfacial regions could play a significant role in integrity assessment of these joints. Ni-based consumables exhibit complex metallurgical properties at interfacial regions. The metallurgical characterization and fracture toughness studies of Inconel 82/182 and Inconel 52/152 joints have been carried out for determining the optimum consumable for DMW joint requirements and the effect of microstructure on fracture toughness in weldment regions. The present codes and procedures for integrity assessment of DMW joints have not given due considerations of metallurgical properties. The requirements for metallurgical properties by considering their effect on fracture toughness properties in integrity assessment have been discussed for reliable analysis. Inconel 82/182 is preferred over Inconel 52/152 joints owing to favorable metallurgical and fracture toughness properties across the interfacial and weldment regions.

  18. Global and local characteristics of an autogenous single pass electron beam weld in thick gage UNS S41500 steel

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    Sarafan, S., E-mail: Sheida.Sarafan.1@ens.etsmtl.ca [École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 1K3 (Canada); National Research Council Canada, Aerospace, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 2B2 (Canada); Wanjara, P., E-mail: priti.wanjara@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [National Research Council Canada, Aerospace, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 2B2 (Canada); Gholipour, J., E-mail: Javad.gholipour@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [National Research Council Canada, Aerospace, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3T 2B2 (Canada); Champliaud, H., E-mail: henri.champliaud@etsmtl.ca [École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 1K3 (Canada)

    2016-06-01

    Electron beam welding of UNS S41500, a low carbon martensitic stainless steel utilized in hydroelectric turbine manufacturing, was investigated by applying a single pass autogenous process to penetrate a section thickness of 72 mm without preheating. In the as-welded and post-weld heat treated conditions, the evolution in microhardness and microstructure across the weldments, as well as the global and local tensile properties, were evaluated. In the as-welded condition, assessment of the microhardness and the associated microstructure across the welds led to the identification of six regions, including the fusion zone, four heat affected zones and the base metal; each of these regions consisted of different phase constituents, such as tempered martensite, untempered martensite, delta ferrite and retained austenite. Post-weld heat treatment, undertaken to temper the untempered martensite in the as-welded microstructure, was effective in homogenizing the hardness across the weldment. The mechanical response of the welds, determined through tensile testing at room temperature with an automated non-contact three-dimensional deformation measurement system, indicated that the global tensile properties in the as-welded and post-weld heat treated conditions met the acceptance criteria in the ASME Section IX standard. Also, evaluation of the local tensile properties in the fusion and heat affected zones of the as-welded samples allowed a more comprehensive understanding of the strength and ductility associated with the different microstructures in the “composite” nature of the weldment. Fractographic analysis demonstrated dimpled features on the tensile fracture surfaces and failure was associated with debonding between the martensitic matrix and the secondary phases (such as delta ferrite and retained austenite) that resulted in the formation, growth and coalescence of voids into a macroscale crack.

  19. EVALUATION OF PARAMETERS OF FRICTION STIR WELDING FOR ALUMINIUM AA6351 ALLOY

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    AHMED KHALID HUSSAIN

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Friction Stir Welding (FSW is a solid state welding process in which the relative motion between the tool and the work piece produces heat which makes the material of two edges being joined by plastic atomicdiffusion. This method relies on the direct conversion of mechanical energy to thermal energy to form the weld without the application of heat from conventional source. The rotational speed of the tools, the axial pressure and welding speed and the (weld time are the principal variables that are controlled in order to provide the necessary combination of heat and pressure to form the weld. These parameters are adjusted so that the interface is heated into the plastic temperature range (plastic state where welding can take place. During the last stage of welding process, atomic diffusion occurs while the interfaces are in contact, allowing metallurgical bond to form between the two materials. The functional behaviour of the weldments is substantially determined by the nature of the weld strength characterized by the tensile strength, metallurgical behavior, surface roughness, weld hardness and micro hardness. In this project an attempt is made to determine and evaluate the influence of the process parameters of FSW on the weldments. The Vickers hardness, tensile strength and radiography are considered for investigation by varying tool speed, tool feed and maintaining onstant depth of penetration of weld. Experiments were conducted on AA6351 Aluminium alloy in a CNC Vertical Machining Centre. Theoutput factors are measured in UTM, Vickers hardness tester and Radiography equipment. Results show strong relation and robust comparison between the weldment strength and process parameters. Hence FSW process variable data base is to be developed for wide variety of metals and alloys for selection of optimum process parameters for efficient weld.

  20. Recent advances in condition assessment of components based on strain monitoring

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    Parker, J.D. [University of Wales, Swansea (United Kingdom)

    1998-12-31

    Service experience indicates that creep cavitation and cracking can develop in components operating at high temperature and pressure. Life optimisation programmes for power generating plant require periodic evaluation of plant condition. Instrumentation to measure component deformation provides information regarding operating practices which lead to excessive loading and data which can be related to damage state. Indeed, even near weldments, where creep cavitation and cracking can develop with low overall strain, significant levels of deformation have been recorded in local regions. Thus, knowledge of strain accumulation allows identification of the factors affecting damage accumulation and provides a basis for predicting remaining life. (orig.) 8 refs.

  1. Modeling of fundamental phenomena in welds

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    Zacharia, T.; Vitek, J.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Goldak, J.A. [Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); DebRoy, T.A. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Rappaz, M. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland); Bhadeshia, H.K.D.H. [Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)

    1993-12-31

    Recent advances in the mathematical modeling of fundamental phenomena in welds are summarized. State-of-the-art mathematical models, advances in computational techniques, emerging high-performance computers, and experimental validation techniques have provided significant insight into the fundamental factors that control the development of the weldment. The current status and scientific issues in the areas of heat and fluid flow in welds, heat source metal interaction, solidification microstructure, and phase transformations are assessed. Future research areas of major importance for understanding the fundamental phenomena in weld behavior are identified.

  2. Girth welding system for vortex type refrigeration compressor of air conditioner

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    Liu Xiaowen; Ma Caixia; Yang Siqian; Hu Jisheng

    2006-01-01

    According to the requirements of welding process for vortex type compressor of air conditioner manufactured in product line, a special girth welding machine with PLC as control core was developed, which had both upright and 45 ° incline service positions. And some key technologies were researched, such as structural design of machine body, reliable conduction of rotary weldments and quality control of welding process and so on. The experimental results showed that this machine could satisfy the requirements of welding quality and girth welding technology, results also proved the machine was a high-efficiency and low-cost automatic welding device.

  3. Influece of the austempering temperature on the tensile strength of the austempered ductile iron (ADI samples

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    S. Savićević

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI is a class of ductile iron subjected to a two-step heat treatment process – austenitization and austempering. The heat treatment gives to ADI a high value of tensile strength and an especially good strength-to-weight ratio. However, designers in most cases are unfamiliar with this material that can compete favorably with steel and aluminum castings, weldments and forgings. The high tensile strength of ADI is the result of its unique ausferrite microstructure. In this paper, an investigation of the influence of the austempering temperature on the tensile strength of the ADI samples is presented.

  4. Nondestructive evaluation of LWR spent fuel shipping casks

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    Ballard, D.W.

    1978-02-01

    An analysis of nondestructve testing (NDT) methods currently being used to evaluate the integrity of Light Water Reactor (LWR) spent fuel shipping casks is presented. An assessment of anticipated NDT needs related to breeder reactor cask requirements is included. Specific R and D approaches to probable NDT problem areas such as the evaluation of austenitic stainless steel weldments are outlined. A comprehensive bibliography of current NDT methods for cask evaluation in the USA, Great Britain, Japan and West Germany was compiled for this study.

  5. Weldability of polycrystalline aluminides

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    Fasching, A.A.; Edwards, G.R.; Burt, R.P. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); David, S.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Slow strain rate tensile tests were conducted in varying water vapor atmospheres on weldments refined by magnetic arc oscillation with average fusion zone grain sizes ranging between 115 and 530{mu}m. Fracture strength and percent strain to fracture were measured for each fusion zone microstructure. The fracture strength data followed Hall-Petch behavior, and water vapor significantly reduced fracture strength. The finer grain size fusion zones were found to be less susceptible to hydrogen cracking and more tolerant of high hydrogen concentrations than coarse fusion zone grain structures. Microstructural refinement via arc oscillation was also found to be suitable only for well-controlled fabrication environments.

  6. Friction stir welding (FSW of aluminium foam sandwich panels

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    M. Bušić

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The article focuses on the influence of welding speed and tool tilt angle upon the mechanical properties at the friction stir welding of aluminium foam sandwich panels. Double side welding was used for producing butt welds of aluminium sandwich panels applying insertion of extruded aluminium profile. Such insertion provided lower pressure of the tool upon the aluminium panels, providing also sufficient volume of the material required for the weldment formation. Ultimate tensile strength and flexural strength for three-point bending test have been determined for samples taken from the welded joints. Results have confirmed anticipated effects of independent variables.

  7. Microstructure evaluation in low alloy steel weld metal from convective heat transfer calculations in three dimensions

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    Mundra, K.; DebRoy, T.; Babu, S.S. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; David, S.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Heat transfer and fluid flow during manual metal arc welding of low alloy steels were investigated by solving the equations of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in three dimensions. Cooling rates were calculated at various locations in the weldment. Calculated cooling rates were coupled with an existing phase transformation model to predict percentages of acicular, allotriomorphic, and Widmanstaetten ferrites in various low alloy steel welds containing different concentration of V and Mn. Computed microstructures were in good agreement with experiment, indicating promise for predicting weld metal microstructure from the fundamentals of transport phenomena.

  8. STUDIES REGARDING THE STATIC ANALYSIS OF TRUSS STRUCTURES

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    URDEA Mihaela

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper refers to linear static analysis of truss and beams structures modelled in SolidWorks. In SolidWorks truss and frame elements are available only for staticstudies. For illustration it was modelled and studied the behaviour of a support of pipe. The truss is a welded structure modelled with Weldment Structural Members and it is often found in industrial constructions. During this study, there have been investigated the following FEA steps: Pre-Processing, Processing and Post-Processing.The results of this study are images corresponding to Axial Stress and The Maximum Displacement in different situations.

  9. A Summary of the Naval Postgraduate School Research Program and Recent Publications, October 1988 to September 1989

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    1990-08-30

    been replacing the HY80 -100 series of high strength completed. alloy steels with their high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) equivalents. This is being done...Microstructure and Non-Metallic Inclusions in High- Strength, Low-Alloy (HSLA) Steels and Their Weldments A.G. Fox The Phases and Microstructure...Temperature Deformation in Al-Li Alloys 132 T.R. McNelley The Influence of Microporosity on the Behavior of M-50 132 Bearing Steel P.F. Pucci Gas Turbine

  10. Ship Production Symposium Held in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 26-28, 1987

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    1987-08-01

    Cl. For comparison purposes, CTS tests were conducted with HY80 and HY1OO steels . Small Scale Weldment Test Steels A and C were selected for welding...was conducted for Steel A. 1-1/4” thickness. in that the yield strength and the thickness did not permit correlation to the HY80 /100, 2“ thickness...bound to OF (testing higher than -40F was not conducted) indicates that Steel B also meets one requirement for HY80 . 60 ft- lbs at OF. In addition

  11. Development of the new physical method for real time spot weld quality evaluation using ultrasound

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    Chertov, Andriy M.

    Since the invention of resistance spot welding, the manufacturers have been concerned about the quality assurance of the joints. One of the most promising directions in quality inspection is the real time ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation. In such a system, the acoustic signals are sent through the spot weld during welding and then analyzed to characterize the quality of the joint. Many research groups are currently working to develop a reliable inspection method. In this dissertation the new physical method of resistance spot weld quality monitoring is presented. It differs from all other ultrasonic methods by the physical principles of inspection. The multilayered structure of the spot weld with varying physical properties is investigated with short pulses of longitudinal ultrasonic waves. Unlike other methods, the developed technology works in reflection mode. The waves bring back the information which, after careful analysis, can be used to evaluate the weld quality. The complex structure of the weldment modifies the waves in different ways which, makes it hard to accurately measure the physical properties of the weldment. The frequency-dependent attenuation of the sound, diffraction, and beam divergence - all contribute to the signal distraction. These factors are fully studied, and ways to minimize them are presented. After application of pattern recognition routines, the weld characteristics are submitted to fuzzy logic algorithm, and the weld is characterized. The current level of the system development allowed the installation of two prototype machines at one assembly plant. The technology is now under thorough evaluation for robustness and accuracy in an industrial environment.

  12. Studies on the effect of vibration on hot cracking and Grain size in AA7075 Aluminum alloy Welding

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    BALASUBRAMANIAN.K

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this present study is to investigate the vibration effect which is applied during Gas tungsten Arc welding (GTAW welding in order to improve the quality of high strength Aluminum alloy weldment. An important metallurgical difficulty in arc welding of high strength aluminum alloys is formation of hot cracking. When Aluminum alloy is welded by GTAW process, weld fusion zone shows coarse columnar grains during weld metal solidification. This often leads to poor resistance to hot cracking. In this work, an attempt is made to reduce the hot cracking and to refine the fusion zone grains in welding of aluminum alloys through vibratory treatment. The material used for the investigation is AA7075 aluminum alloy, which is highly prone for hot cracking. Vibratory treatment was carried out in the frequency range of 100Hz to 2050Hz. Weldments made with and without vibratory treatment were compared using weld cracking tests and other characterization tests like micro structural analysis, hardness measurements. Test results show that by applying vibratory treatment, hot cracking can be largely controlled in arc welding.

  13. Life Assessment for Cr-Mo Steel Dissimilar Joints by Various Filler Metals Using Accelerated Creep Testing

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    Petchsang, S.; Phung-on, I.; Poopat, B.

    2016-12-01

    Accelerated creep rupture tests were performed on T22/T91 dissimilar metal joints to determine the fracture location and rupture time of different weldments. Four configurations of deposited filler metal were tested using gas tungsten arc welding to estimate the service life for Cr-Mo steel dissimilar joints at elevated temperatures in power plants. Results indicated that failure in all configurations occurred in the tempered original microstructure and tempered austenite transformation products (martensite or bainite structure) as type IV cracking at the intercritical area of the heat-affected zone (ICHAZ) for both T22 and T91 sides rather than as a consequence of the different filler metals. Creep damage occurred with the formation of precipitations and microvoids. The correlation between applied stress and the Larson-Miller parameter (PLM) was determined to predict the service life of each material configuration. Calculated time-to-failure based on the PLM and test results for both temperature and applied stress parameters gave a reasonable fit. The dissimilar joints exhibited lower creep rupture compared to the base material indicating creep degradation of the weldment.

  14. Replacement of Co-base alloy for radiation exposure reduction in the primary system of PWR

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    Han, Jeong Ho; Nyo, Kye Ho; Lee, Deok Hyun; Lim, Deok Jae; Ahn, Jin Keun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sun Jin [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-01-01

    Of numerous Co-free alloys developed to replace Co-base stellite used in valve hardfacing material, two iron-base alloys of Armacor M and Tristelle 5183 and one nickel-base alloy of Nucalloy 488 were selected as candidate Co-free alloys, and Stellite 6 was also selected as a standard hardfacing material. These four alloys were welded on 316SS substrate using TIG welding method. The first corrosion test loop of KAERI simulating the water chemistry and operation condition of the primary system of PWR was designed and fabricated. Corrosion behaviors of the above four kinds of alloys were evaluated using this test loop under the condition of 300 deg C, 1500 psi. Microstructures of weldment of these alloys were observed to identify both matrix and secondary phase in each weldment. Hardnesses of weld deposit layer including HAZ and substrate were measured using micro-Vickers hardness tester. The status on the technology of Co-base alloy replacement in valve components was reviewed with respect to the classification of valves to be replaced, the development of Co-free alloys, the application of Co-free alloys and its experiences in foreign NPPs, and the Co reduction program in domestic NPPs and industries. 18 tabs., 20 figs., 22 refs. (Author).

  15. In vitro mesenchymal stem cell responses on laser-welded NiTi alloy.

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    Chan, C W; Hussain, I; Waugh, D G; Lawrence, J; Man, H C

    2013-04-01

    The biocompatibility of NiTi after laser welding was studied by examining the in vitro (mesenchymal stem cell) MSC responses at different sets of time varying from early (4 to 12h) to intermediate phases (1 and 4 days) of cell culture. The effects of physical (surface roughness and topography) and chemical (surface Ti/Ni ratio) changes as a consequence of laser welding in different regions (WZ, HAZ, and BM) on the cell morphology and cell coverage were studied. The results in this research indicated that the morphology of MSCs was affected primarily by the topographical factors in the WZ: the well-defined and directional dendritic pattern and the presence of deeper grooves. The morphology of MSCs was not significantly modulated by surface roughness. Despite the possible initial Ni release in the medium during the cell culture, no toxic effect seemed to cause to MSCs as evidenced by the success of adhesion and spreading of the cells onto different regions in the laser weldment. The good biocompatibility of the NiTi laser weldment has been firstly reported in this study. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Multi Objective Optimization of Weld Parameters of Boiler Steel Using Fuzzy Based Desirability Function

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    M. Satheesh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The high pressure differential across the wall of pressure vessels is potentially dangerous and has caused many fatal accidents in the history of their development and operation. For this reason the structural integrity of weldments is critical to the performance of pressure vessels. In recent years much research has been conducted to the study of variations in welding parameters and consumables on the mechanical properties of pressure vessel steel weldments to optimize weld integrity and ensure pressure vessels are safe. The quality of weld is a very important working aspect for the manufacturing and construction industries. Because of high quality and reliability, Submerged Arc Welding (SAW is one of the chief metal joining processes employed in industry. This paper addresses the application of desirability function approach combined with fuzzy logic analysis to optimize the multiple quality characteristics (bead reinforcement, bead width, bead penetration and dilution of submerged arc welding process parameters of SA 516 Grade 70 steels(boiler steel. Experiments were conducted using Taguchi’s L27 orthogonal array with varying the weld parameters of welding current, arc voltage, welding speed and electrode stickout. By analyzing the response table and response graph of the fuzzy reasoning grade, optimal parameters were obtained. Solutions from this method can be useful for pressure vessel manufacturers and operators to search an optimal solution of welding condition.

  17. First Annual Progress Report on Radiation Tolerance of Controlled Fusion Welds in High Temperature Oxidation Resistant FeCrAl Alloys

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    Field, Kevin G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gussev, Maxim N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hu, Xunxiang [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Yamamoto, Yukinori [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Howard, Richard H. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-12-01

    The present report summarizes and discusses the first year efforts towards developing a modern, nuclear grade FeCrAl alloy designed to have enhanced radiation tolerance and weldability under the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program. Significant efforts have been made within the first year of this project including the fabrication of seven candidate FeCrAl alloys with well controlled chemistry and microstructure, the microstructural characterization of these alloys using standardized and advanced techniques, mechanical properties testing and evaluation of base alloys, the completion of welding trials and production of weldments for subsequent testing, the design of novel tensile specimen geometry to increase the number of samples that can be irradiated in a single capsule and also shorten the time of their assessment after irradiation, the development of testing procedures for controlled hydrogen ingress studies, and a detailed mechanical and microstructural assessment of weldments prior to irradiation or hydrogen charging. These efforts and research results have shown promise for the FeCrAl alloy class as a new nuclear grade alloy class.

  18. Braze welding of cobalt with a silver–copper filler

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    Everett M. Criss

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method of joining cobalt by braze-welding it with a silver–copper filler was developed in order to better understand the residual stresses in beryllium–aluminum/silicon weldments which are problematic to investigate because of the high toxicity of Be. The base and filler metals of this new welding system were selected to replicate the physical properties, crystal structures, and chemical behavior of the Be–AlSi welds. Welding parameters of this surrogate Co–AgCu system were determined by experimentation combining 4-point bending tests and microscopy. Final welds are 5 pass manual TIG (tungsten inert gas, with He top gas and Ar back gas. Control of the welding process produces welds with full penetration melting of the cobalt base. Microscopy indicates that cracking is minimal, and not through thickness, whereas 4-point bending shows failure is not by base-filler delamination. These welds improve upon the original Be–AlSi welds, which do not possess full penetration, and have considerable porosity. We propose that utilization of our welding methods will increase the strength of the Be–AlSi weldments. The specialized welding techniques developed for this study may be applicable not only for the parent Be–AlSi welds, but to braze welds and welds utilizing brittle materials in general. This concept of surrogacy may prove useful in the study of many different types of exotic welds.

  19. Microstructural characterization of weld joints of 9Cr reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel fabricated by different joining methods

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    Thomas Paul, V.; Saroja, S.; Albert, S.K.; Jayakumar, T.; Rajendra Kumar, E., E-mail: vtp@igcar.gov.in

    2014-10-15

    This paper presents a detailed electron microscopy study on the microstructure of various regions of weldment fabricated by three welding methods namely tungsten inert gas welding, electron beam welding and laser beam welding in an indigenously developed 9Cr reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel. Electron back scatter diffraction studies showed a random micro-texture in all the three welds. Microstructural changes during thermal exposures were studied and corroborated with hardness and optimized conditions for the post weld heat treatment have been identified for this steel. Hollomon–Jaffe parameter has been used to estimate the extent of tempering. The activation energy for the tempering process has been evaluated and found to be corresponding to interstitial diffusion of carbon in ferrite matrix. The type and microchemistry of secondary phases in different regions of the weldment have been identified by analytical transmission electron microscopy. - Highlights: • Comparison of microstructural parameters in TIG, electron beam and laser welds of RAFM steel • EBSD studies to illustrate the absence of preferred orientation and identification of prior austenite grain size using phase identification map • Optimization of PWHT conditions for indigenous RAFM steel • Study of kinetics of tempering and estimation of apparent activation energy of the process.

  20. Butt-welding Residual Stress of Heat Treatable Aluminum Alloys

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    C.M. Cheng

    2007-01-01

    This study, taking three types of aluminum alloys 2024-T351, 6061-T6 and 7075-T6 as experimental materials, conducted single V-groove GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) butt-welding to analyze and compare the magnitude and differences of residual stress in the three aluminum alloys at different single V-groove angles and in restrained or unrestrained conditions. The results show that the larger the grooving angle of butt joint, the higher the residual tensile stress. Too small grooving angle will lead to dramatic differences due to the amount of welding bead filler metal and pre-set joint geometry. Therefore, only an appropriate grooving angle can reduce residual stress. While welding, weldment in restrained condition will lead to a larger residual stress. Also, a residual stress will arise from the restraint position. The ultimate residual stress of weldment is determined by material yield strength at equilibrium temperature. The higher the yield strength at equilibrium temperature, the higher the material residual stress. Because of its larger thermal conductivity, aluminum alloy test specimens have small temperature differential. Therefore, the residual tensile stress of all materials is lower than their yield strength.

  1. The application of statistically designed experiments to resistance spot welding

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    Hafley, Robert A.; Hales, Stephen J.

    1991-01-01

    State-of-the-art Resistance Spot Welding (RSW) equipment has the potential to permit realtime monitoring of operations through advances in computerized process control. In order to realize adaptive feedback capabilities, it is necessary to establish correlations among process variables, welder outputs, and weldment properties. The initial step toward achieving this goal must involve assessment of the effect of specific process inputs and the interactions among these variables on spot weld characteristics. This investigation evaluated these effects through the application of a statistically designed experiment to the RSW process. A half-factorial, Taguchi L sub 16 design was used to understand and refine a RSW schedule developed for welding dissimilar aluminum-lithium alloys of different thickness. The baseline schedule had been established previously by traditional trial and error methods based on engineering judgment and one-factor-at-a-time studies. A hierarchy of inputs with respect to each other was established, and the significance of these inputs with respect to experimental noise was determined. Useful insight was gained into the effect of interactions among process variables, particularly with respect to weldment defects. The effects of equipment related changes associated with disassembly and recalibration were also identified. In spite of an apparent decrease in equipment performance, a significant improvement in the maximum strength for defect-free welds compared to the baseline schedule was achieved.

  2. Measurement of residual stresses in a multi-pass low alloy ferritic steel weld using X-ray diffraction

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    McDonald, E.J.; Exworthy, L.F.; Flewitt, P.E.J. [Magnox Generation, Berkeley (United Kingdom); Hallam, K. [Interface Analysis Centre, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom); Bell, W. [Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd, Renfrew (United Kingdom)

    2000-07-01

    A trial part through-section excavation manual metal arc repair weld, designed with a view to minimising residual stresses, was prepared by using a critical combination of weld metal strength, bead size and deposition pattern. The repair was in a low alloy ferritic CrMoV steel plate, and the weldment was made using a lower strength C-Mn steel weld metal. Residual stresses have been measured to a high spatial resolution, 1.5 mm, across the weldment using the X-ray diffraction technique with Cr K{alpha} X-radiation. Peak tensile stresses have been identified in the heat affected zone in the parent plate adjacent to the weld metal. Further measurements have been made using the rosette strain gauge centre hole relaxation and deep hole drilling techniques. Results from the experimental techniques are compared and the measured residual stress profiles are discussed with respect to the predictions of a finite element model for this particular multi-pass repair weld. (orig.)

  3. Thermal Analysis on Butt Welded Aluminium Alloy AA7075 Plate Using FEM

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    M. Pal Pandi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Thermo-mechanical finite element analysis has been performed to assess the residual stress in the butt weld joints of aluminium Alloy AA7075 plates by utilizing the commercial software package ABAQUS. This paper presents an efficient FE technique using equivalent load to precisely predict welding deformations and residual stresses in butt joints. The radial heat flux distribution is considered on the top surface of the weldment. Convective and radiative heat losses are taken into account through boundary conditions for the outward heat flux. Linear FE transient thermal analysis is performed using surface heat source model with Gaussian distribution to compute highest temperature in AA7075 plates. The objective of this project is to simulate the welding process by using the finite element method. After the model is built and verified, the main objective of this project is to study the effects of varying the welding process parameters on the thermo-mechanical responses. In addition to that, the aim of this research is also to find a relationship between welding parameters and the responses of single pass butt welding are evaluated through the finite element analysis. The study of this paper covers the effects of varying heat input, welding speed on the thermo-mechanical responses of the weldment after cooling down to room temperature.

  4. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Beam Welds of 15CDV6 Steel

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    M.V.L Ramesh

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study is concerned with laser beam welding of 15CDV6 steel, that is in the hardened (quenched and tempered condition before welding. Autogenously butt-welded joints are made using carbon dioxide laser with a maximum output of 3.5 kw in the continuous wave mode. Weld microstructure, microhardness measurement across the weldment, transverse tensile properties, and room temperature impact properties of the weldment have been evaluated. The fusion zone exhibits a epitaxial grain growth. The microstrutural features of heat-affected zone and fusion zone vary, due to different thermal cycles for which these were subjected during welding. The average weld metal hardness was 480 Hv. The observed hardness distribution across the welds were correlated with the microstructures. The welds exhibited lower toughness of 50 joules as compared to parent metal of 55 joules and the tensile strength values of the welded specimens are close to that obtained for sheet specimens.Defence Science Journal, Vol. 65, No. 4, July 2015, pp. 339-342, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.65.8749

  5. Fatigue cracking of hybrid plasma gas metal arc welded 2205 duplex stainless steel

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    Yurtisik, Koray; Tirkes, Suha [Middle East Technical Univ., Ankara (Turkey). Welding Technology and Nondestructive Testing Research/Application Center

    2014-10-01

    Contrary to other keyhole welding applications on duplex stainless steels, a proper cooling time and a dilution were achieved during hybrid plasma gas metal arc welding that provided sufficient reconstructive transformation of austenite without sacrificing its high efficiency and productivity. Simultaneous utilization of keyhole and metal deposition in the hybrid welding procedure enabled us to get an as-welded 11 mm-thick standard duplex stainless steel plate in a single pass. Metallographic examination on hybrid plasma-gas metal arc weldments revealed only primary austenite in ferrite matrix, whereas in addition to reconstructive transformation of primary austenite during solidification, secondary austenite was also transformed in a displacive manner due to successive thermal cycles during multi-pass gas metal arc welding. On the one hand, secondary austenite provided barriers and retarded the crack propagation during the tests in laboratory air. On the other hand, chromium and molybdenum depletion in the neighborhood of secondary austenite precipitates yielded relatively high crack propagation rates in multi-pass weldments under chloride attack.

  6. Modeling Long-term Creep Performance for Welded Nickel-base Superalloy Structures for Power Generation Systems

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    Shen, Chen [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Gupta, Vipul [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Huang, Shenyan [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Soare, Monica [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Zhao, Pengyang [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States); Wang, Yunzhi [GE Global Research, NIskayuna, NY (United States)

    2017-02-28

    The goal of this project is to model long-term creep performance for nickel-base superalloy weldments in high temperature power generation systems. The project uses physics-based modeling methodologies and algorithms for predicting alloy properties in heterogeneous material structures. The modeling methodology will be demonstrated on a gas turbine combustor liner weldment of Haynes 282 precipitate-strengthened nickel-base superalloy. The major developments are: (1) microstructure-property relationships under creep conditions and microstructure characterization (2) modeling inhomogeneous microstructure in superalloy weld (3) modeling mesoscale plastic deformation in superalloy weld and (4) a constitutive creep model that accounts for weld and base metal microstructure and their long term evolution. The developed modeling technology is aimed to provide a more efficient and accurate assessment of a material’s long-term performance compared with current testing and extrapolation methods. This modeling technology will also accelerate development and qualification of new materials in advanced power generation systems. This document is a final technical report for the project, covering efforts conducted from October 2014 to December 2016.

  7. High-power fiber laser welding and its application to metallic glass Zr{sub 55}Al{sub 10}Ni{sub 5}Cu{sub 30}

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    Kawahito, Yousuke [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University (JWRI), 11-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: kawahito@jwri.osaka-u.ac.jp; Terajima, Takeshi [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University (JWRI), 11-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Kimura, Hisamich [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (Japan); Kuroda, Toshio; Nakata, Kazuhiro; Katayama, Seiji [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University (JWRI), 11-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Inoue, Akihisa [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (Japan)

    2008-02-25

    Fiber laser has been receiving attention due to its advantages of high-power and high-beam quality to produce narrow and deep penetration welds at high-welding speeds. Therefore, fiber laser welding is expected to apply to the joining of metallic glass which has unique properties such as high-mechanical strength or small solidification shrinkage, because extremely rapid quenching for the laser weldment or heat-affected zone (HAZ) is possible to remain amorphous. In this research, fiber laser welding was first performed with the objective of obtaining a fundamental knowledge of weld property produced in bead-on-plate welding for common marital such as Type 304 stainless steel with 6 kW fiber laser beams of several peak power densities. Deeply penetrated weld beads with narrow widths were produced with small spots of tightly focused laser beams and full-penetration welds in 8 mm thick plate could be obtained at the high-welding speed of 4.5 m/min. Subsequently, the tightly focused 2.5 kW fiber laser beam was applied to 72 m/min ultra-high-speed welding for metallic glass Zr{sub 55}Al{sub 10}Ni{sub 5}Cu{sub 30} in order to keep amorphous metals. Consequently, the weldment and HAZ remained desirably amorphous at ultra-high-welding speed with a tightly focused fiber laser beam.

  8. Formación de fase sigma en uniones soldadas de acero inoxidable súper dúplex fundido

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    Garin, J. L.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper decribes the microstructural characteristics of weldments of cast super duplex stainless steel (J93404, being subjected to annealing processes to induce formation of sigma-phase at high temperatures. The influence of heating time at 1073 K, 1123 K and 1173 K upon precipitation of sigma in the heat affected zone, base metal and fusion zone of the weldments was analyzed. The experimental results revealed the formation of this intermetallic compound throughout decomposition of the ferritic phase into austenite and sigma. At earlier stages of the transformation the phase rapidly nucleates and growth along the ferrite-austenite grain boundaries, and then massively advances towards the bulk of the ferritic zone with greater effectiveness as temperature increases. The formation of sigma-phase in all weldments resembles the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami’s mechanism stated for nucleation and growth.

    El presente trabajo describe las características microestructurales de uniones soldadas de acero súper dúplex fundido (J93404, al ser sometidas a procesos de recocido para inducir la formación de fase sigma a altas temperaturas. Se analizó la influencia del tiempo de calentamiento a 1.073 K, 1.123 K y 1.173 K sobre la precipitación de fase sigma en la zona afectada térmicamente, metal base y zona de fusión de los conjuntos soldados. Los resultados experimentales evidenciaron la formación de este compuesto intermetálico por descomposición de la fase ferrítica en austenita y sigma. Al comienzo de la transformación la fase nuclea y crece rápidamente en los bordes de grano austenita-ferrita, extendiéndose luego masivamente hacia el seno de la zona ferrítica, con mayor efectividad en términos del aumento de la temperatura de proceso. La formación de sigma en todas las uniones soldadas obedece a un mecanismo de nucleación y crecimiento del tipo Jonson-Mehl-Avrami.

  9. Progress report 1993 on fusion technology tasks

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    Klippel, H.T. [ed.

    1994-09-01

    This annual progress report describes research activities which have been performed at ECN within the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme during the period 1 January to 31 December 1993. The work is organized in RandD contracts for the next step NET/ITER Technology, the Solid Breeder Blanket Programme, the Long Term Programme and in JET and NET contracts. The topics concern: irradiation damage in austenitic and martensitic stainless steel, weldments, low-activation vanadium alloys, first wall coatings, simulation off-normal heat loads, nuclear data and neutronics for fusion, safety studies, development of ceramic breeding material and stress analysis on magnet coils. List of publications and staff members are also given. (orig.).

  10. Criteria for design with structural materials in combined-cycle applications above 815[degree]C

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    Swindeman, R.W. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Marriott, D.L. (Stress Engineering Services, Cincinnati, OH (United States))

    1994-04-01

    A number of materials issues related to the design of piping and support components in high-temperature fluidized bed combustor systems are examined. These issues include the availability of long-time design data on structural materials, the general character of the creep and stress rupture behavior, the performance of weldments, and the assessment of damage accumulation. Emphasis is placed on alloy 800H, but several other alloys were briefly examined for use at temperature above 816 C (1,500 F). The paper concludes that the character of the creep curve ranged significantly with chemistry, processing variables, and environment, and that the specification of design allowable stresses and life estimation techniques must be approached with caution for service above 816 C (1,500 F).

  11. Thermo-mechanical process for treatment of welds

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    Malik, R K

    1980-03-01

    Benefits from thermo-mechanical processing (TMP) of austenitic stainless steel weldments, analogous to hot isostatic pressing (HIP) of castings, most likely result from compressive plastic deformation, enhanced diffusion, and/or increased dislocation density. TMP improves ultrasonic inspectability of austenitic stainless steel welds owing to: conversion of cast dendrites into equiaxed austenitic grains, reduction in size and number of stringers and inclusions, and reduction of delta ferrite content. TMP induces structural homogenization and healing of void-type defects and thus contributes to an increase in elongation, impact strength, and fracture toughness as well as a significant reduction in data scatter for these properties. An optimum temperature for TMP or HIP of welds is one which causes negligible grain growth and an acceptable reduction in yield strength, and permits healing of porosity.

  12. Analysis of Residual Stress for Narrow Gap Welding Using Finite Element Method

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    Lee, Choon Yeol; Hwang, Jae Keun; Bae, Joon Woo

    Reactor coolant loop (RCL) pipes circulating the heat generated in a nuclear power plant consist of so large diameter pipes that the installation of these pipes is one of the major construction processes. Conventionally, a shield metal arc welding (SMAW) process has been mainly used in RCL piping installations, which sometimes caused severe deformations, dislocation of main equipments and various other complications due to excessive heat input in welding processes. Hence, automation of the work of welding is required and narrow-gap welding (NGW) process is being reviewed for new nuclear power plants as an alternative method of welding. In this study, transient heat transfer and thermo-elastic-plastic analyses have been performed for the residual stress distribution on the narrow gap weldment of RCL by finite element method under various conditions including surface heat flux and temperature dependent thermo-physical properties.

  13. The variable polarity plasma arc welding process: Characteristics and performance

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    Hung, R. J.; Zhu, G. J.

    1991-01-01

    Significant advantages of the Variable Polarity Plasma Arc (VPPA) Welding Process include faster welding, fewer repairs, less joint preparation, reduced weldment distortion, and absence of porosity. The power distribution was analyzed for an argon plasma gas flow constituting the fluid in the VPPA Welding Process. The major heat loss at the torch nozzle is convective heat transfer; in the space between the outlet of the nozzle and the workpiece; radiative heat transfer; and in the keyhole in the workpiece, convective heat transfer. The power absorbed at the workpiece produces the molten puddle that solidifies into the weld bead. Crown and root widths, and crown and root heights of the weld bead are predicted. The basis is provided for an algorithm for automatic control of VPPA welding machine parameters to obtain desired weld bead dimensions.

  14. The diffusion welding of 7075Al-3%SiC particles reinforced composites

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    Aydin, M.; Gürler, R.; Türker, M.

    2009-02-01

    A group of 3% SiC particle reinforced Al-7075 alloys was diffusion joined at 560°C between 1 h and 2 h durations under 2 MPa applied pressure in a vacuum of 2 × 10-3 Pa. Optical microscopy and SEM-EDS studies were used to characterise the weldment and the fracture surfaces of all samples investigated. A non-planar interface formation was observed at the bond interface. The maximum shear strength of 137 MPa was obtained with the composite 7075-3% SiC joined for two hours, which is 92% of the shear strength of the parent material. The fracture surface of the 7075-3% SiC composites displayed a non-planar fracture surfaces with some plastic deformation.

  15. An investigation of abrasive wear and corrosion behavior of surface repair of gray cast iron by SMAW

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    Alireza Sadeghi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, improving the abrasion–corrosion behavior of gray cast iron used in centrifugal pumps was studied. These pumps are usually made of gray cast iron (BS:1452Gr220 and are repaired by Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW. Three different typical welding electrodes including Ni electrode (DIN8563, Carbon Steel electrode (DIN1913, and Hardening electrode (DIN8555 were used to compare the weldability of the base metal. Microstructural differences for three types of electrodes were studied and forming of different phases was analyzed. Corrosion and abrasion tests were conducted and related to welding conditions. Experimental results showed that using Ni substrate electrode reduce the unwanted phases (martensitic and carbides. Furthermore, in comparison with the base metal, the abrasion behavior of all weldments was improved. It was also determined that the carbon steel electrode has a higher corrosion resistance in zero-resistance ammeter (ZRA test compared to other electrodes.

  16. On flux effects in a low alloy steel from a Swedish reactor pressure vessel

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    Boåsen, Magnus; Efsing, Pål; Ehrnstén, Ulla

    2017-02-01

    This study aims to investigate the presence of Unstable Matrix Defects in irradiated pressure vessel steel from weldments of the Swedish PWR Ringhals 4 (R4). Hardness tests have been performed on low flux (surveillance material) and high flux (Halden reactor) irradiated material samples in combination with heat treatments at temperatures of 330, 360 and 390 °C in order to reveal eventual recovery of any hardening features induced by irradiation. The experiments carried out in this study could not reveal any hardness recovery related to Unstable Matrix Defects at relevant temperatures. However, a difference in hardness recovery was found between the low and the high flux samples at heat treatments at higher temperatures than expected for the annihilation of Unstable Matrix Defects-the observed recovery is here attributed to differences of the solute clusters formed by the high and low flux irradiations.

  17. Influence of Temperature and Chloride Concentration on Passivation Mechanism and Corrosion of a DSS2209 Welded Joint

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    Hachemi, Hania; Azzaz, Mohamed; Djeghlal, Mohamed Elamine

    2016-10-01

    The passivity behavior of a 2209 duplex stainless steel welded joint was investigated using potentiodynamic polarization, Mott-Schottky analysis and EIS measurements. In order to evaluate the contribution of temperature, chloride concentration and microstructure, a sequence of polarization tests were carried out in aerated NaCl solutions selected according to robust design of a three level-three factors Taguchi L9 orthogonal array. Analysis of signal-to-noise ratio and ANOVA were achieved on all measured data, and the contribution of every control factor was estimated. The results showed that the corrosion resistance of 2209 duplex stainless steel welded joint is related to the evolution of the passive film formed on the surface. It was found that the passive film on the welded zone possessed n- and p-type semiconductor characteristics. With the increase of solution temperature and chlorides concentration, the corrosion resistance of the passive film is more affected in the weldment than in the base metal.

  18. A Review on Solidification and Change in Mechanical Properties Under Vibratory Welding Condition

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    Jyoti Prakash

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Welding has been applied to various industries in particular, automotive, aerospace and microelectronics. Thermal cycle produced near weld line generates residual stress and inhomogeneous plastic deformation in weldments. However there are many methods for welding the workpieces and one of the method among these is vibratory welding. It has the advantages of less investment, more convenient operation, less pollution and shorter manufacturing period. In vibratory welding, workpiece vibrates in the whole welding process and it mainly effects the welding solidification to improve the quality. Vibration facilitates the release of dissolved gases and the resulting weld beads greatly exhibit reduced porosity. Mechanical properties of the welds prepared under vibratory conditions are dependent on the structural changes of the welds This paper presents the solidification behaviour and changes occurs in mechanical properties under vibratory welding condition.

  19. Variation regularity of metal magnetic memory signals with inspecting time-interval and location

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    YAN Chun-yan; LI Wu-shen; DI Xin-jie; XUE Zhen-kui; BAI Shi-wu; LIU Fang-ming

    2007-01-01

    Influences of inspecting time-interval and location on varying behavior of metal magnetic memory (MMM) signals of defects were studied. Different areas in two precracked weldments were inspected at different time-intervals by type TSC-1M-4stress-concentration magnetic inspector to obtain MMM signals. Mechanisms of MMM signals varying behavior with inspecting time and space were analyzed and discussed respectively. It is found that MMM signals don't change with inspecting time-interval,since stress field and magnetic leakage field maintain unchanged at any time after welding. On the other hand, MMM signals differ greatly for different inspecting locations, because stress field and magnetic leakage field are unevenly distributed in defective ferromagnetic materials.

  20. The effects of multiple repairs on Inconel 718 weld mechanical properties

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    Russell, C. K.; Nunes, A. C., Jr.; Moore, D.

    1991-01-01

    Inconel 718 weldments were repaired 3, 6, 9, and 13 times using the gas tungsten arc welding process. The welded panels were machined into mechanical test specimens, postweld heat treated, and nondestructively tested. Tensile properties and high cycle fatigue life were evaluated and the results compared to unrepaired weld properties. Mechanical property data were analyzed using the statistical methods of difference in means for tensile properties and difference in log means and Weibull analysis for high cycle fatigue properties. Statistical analysis performed on the data did not show a significant decrease in tensile or high cycle fatigue properties due to the repeated repairs. Some degradation was observed in all properties, however, it was minimal.

  1. Effect of Electrode Types on the Solidification Cracking Susceptibility of Austenitic Stainless Steel Weld Metal

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    J. U. Anaele

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of electrode types on the solidification cracking susceptibility of austenitic stainless steel weld metal was studied. Manual metal arc welding method was used to produce the joints with the tungsten inert gas welding serving as the control. Metallographic and chemical analyses of the fusion zones of the joints were conducted. Results indicate that weldments produced from E 308-16 (rutile coated, E 308-16(lime-titania coated electrodes, and TIG welded joints fall within the range of 1.5≤Creq./Nieq.≤1.9 and solidified with a duplex mode and were found to be resistant to solidification cracking. The E 308-16 weld metal had the greatest resistance to solidification cracking. Joints produced from E 310-16 had Creq./Nieq. ratio 1.9 and solidified with ferrite mode. It had a low resistance to solidification cracking.

  2. Experimental study of mechanical properties of friction welded AISI 1021 steels

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    Amit Handa; Vikas Chawla

    2013-12-01

    Friction welding is widely used as a mass production method in various industries. In the present study, an experimental set-up was designed in order to achieve friction welding of plastically deformed AISI 1021 steels. In this study, low alloy steel (AISI 1021) was welded under different welding parameters and afterwards the mechanical properties such as tensile strength, impact strength and hardness were experimentally determined. On the basis of the results obtained from the experimentation, the graphs were plotted. It is the strength of welded joints, which is fundamental property to the service reliability of the weldments and hence present work was undertaken to study the influence of axial pressure and rotational speed in friction welded joints. Axial pressure and rotational speed are the two major parameters which can influence the strength and hence the mechanical properties of the friction welded joints. Thus the axial pressure and rotational speed were taken as welding parameters, which reflect the mechanical properties.

  3. Optimality analysis of multiplex A-TIG welding flux for nickel-base superalloy

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    Fan Chenglei; Yang Chunli; Liang Yingchun; Lin Sanbao; Yu Xiang

    2007-01-01

    Orthogonal experiment is employed to study a new kind of multiplex flux for nickel-base superalloy. This activated TIG welding flux is composed of NaF, MgF2 and CaF2, and their proportion is 5:4:1. Compared with conventional TIG welding, the penetration increases 164% by the action of the flux. Tensile test result indicates that the fracture strength of the mixed flux A-TIG weld bead is higher than base metal, and it increases along with the decrement of the welding current. The average extensibility of the weldment is beyond 100%, which means perfect ductility. Metallographs elucidate that there exist lots of deep and evenly distributed dimples on the fracture section of weld bead while on that of base metal there only exists a few shallow dimples and massive tearing ridge.

  4. Development of iron aluminides

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    Goodwin, G.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-06-01

    Alloys based on the intermetallic compound Fe{sub 3}Al exhibit many attractive properties, particularly excellent resistance to high temperature oxidation. Their use in commercial applications has been limited, however, by the limited workability of wrought material and the susceptibility of weldments to both hot and cold cracking. Prior efforts have systematically evaluated the effect of alloy composition on hot cracking. By the use of the Sigmajig test, we have found that hot cracking can essentially be eliminated by the addition of carbon and the control of maximum levels of niobium, zirconium, and other alloying elements. Cold cracking, however, remains an issue, and recent efforts have been aimed at minimizing its occurrence, concurrent with development of welding filler metals, processes, and procedures aimed at commercial applications.

  5. Study of austenitic stainless steel welded with low alloy steel filler metal. [tensile and impact strength tests

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    Burns, F. A.; Dyke, R. A., Jr.

    1979-01-01

    The tensile and impact strength properties of 316L stainless steel plate welded with low alloy steel filler metal were determined. Tests were conducted at room temperature and -100 F on standard test specimens machined from as-welded panels of various chemical compositions. No significant differences were found as the result of variations in percentage chemical composition on the impact and tensile test results. The weldments containing lower chromium and nickel as the result of dilution of parent metal from the use of the low alloy steel filler metal corroded more severely in a marine environment. The use of a protective finish, i.e., a nitrile-based paint containing aluminum powder, prevented the corrosive attack.

  6. Biaxial Creep Specimen Fabrication

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    JL Bump; RF Luther

    2006-02-09

    This report documents the results of the weld development and abbreviated weld qualification efforts performed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for refractory metal and superalloy biaxial creep specimens. Biaxial creep specimens were to be assembled, electron beam welded, laser-seal welded, and pressurized at PNNL for both in-pile (JOYO reactor, O-arai, Japan) and out-of-pile creep testing. The objective of this test campaign was to evaluate the creep behavior of primary cladding and structural alloys under consideration for the Prometheus space reactor. PNNL successfully developed electron beam weld parameters for six of these materials prior to the termination of the Naval Reactors program effort to deliver a space reactor for Project Prometheus. These materials were FS-85, ASTAR-811C, T-111, Alloy 617, Haynes 230, and Nirnonic PE16. Early termination of the NR space program precluded the development of laser welding parameters for post-pressurization seal weldments.

  7. Progress report 1995 on fusion technology tasks

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    Laan, J.G. van der [ed.

    1996-07-01

    This annual progress report describes research activities which have been performed at ECN within the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme during the period 1 January to 31 December 1995. The work is organized in R and D contracts for the next step NET/ITER Technology, the Blanket Development Programme, the Long Term Programme and in NET contracts. The topics concern: Irradiation damage in austenitic and martensitic stainless steel, weldments, low-activation vanadium alloys, first wall coatings, simulation off-normal heat loads, nuclear data and neutronics for fusion, safety studies, development of ceramic breeding material and structural analysis on magnet coils. In addition the supporting and supplementary tasks and investigations in the category underlying technology are reported. A list of publications and staff members is also given. (orig.).

  8. Review of ASME-NH Design Materials for Creep-Fatigue

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    Koo, Gyeong Hoi; Kim, Jong Bum [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-05-15

    To review and recommend the candidate design materials for the Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor, the material sensitivity evaluations by the comparison of design data between the ASME-NH materials were performed by using the SIE ASME-NH computer program implementing the material database of the ASME-NH. The design material data provided by the ASME-NH code are the elastic modulus and yield Strength, Time-Independent Allowable Stress Intensity value, time-dependent allowable stress intensity value, expected minimum stress-to rupture value, stress rupture Factors for weldment, isochronous stress-strain curves, and design fatigue curves. Among these, the data related with the creep-fatigue evaluation are investigated in this study

  9. HAZARDS OF THERMAL EXPANSION FOR RADIOLOGICAL CONTAINER ENGULFED IN FIRE

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    Donna Post Guillen

    2013-05-01

    Fire accidents pose a serious threat to nuclear facilities. It is imperative that transport casks or shielded containers designed to transport/contain radiological materials have the ability to withstand a hypothetical fire. A numerical simulation was performed for a shielded container constructed of stainless steel and lead engulfed in a hypothetical fire as outlined by 10 CFR §71.73. The purpose of this analysis was to determine the thermal response of the container during and after the fire. The thermal model shows that after 30 minutes of fire, the stainless steel will maintain its integrity and not melt. However, the lead shielding will melt since its temperature exceeds the melting point. Due to the method of construction of the container under consideration, ample void space must be provided to allow for thermal expansion of the lead upon heating and melting, so as to not overstress the weldment.

  10. A Study on TOFD Inspection Using Phased Array Ultrasonic Technique

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    Yoon, Byung Sik; Kim, Yong Sik; Lee, Hee Jong [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Ho [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-08-15

    The techniques in order to measure the depth of defect in weldment and structure accurately have been developed. Many researches have made efforts to develop the methods for the accurate depth sizing of defect. TOFD is known as the most accurate method of various methods for measuring depth sizing. However, there is a possibility to miss defects because of the limitation of beam coverage for the ultrasound incident angle. In this study, the results for detectability and depth sizing using phased array ultrasonic technique for thick body were compared with those of conventional TOFD technique. It was experimentally confirmed that the phased array ultrasonic TOFD technique gives good detectability and accurate depth measurement for the various types of defects. The phased array ultrasonic TOFD technique developed in this study will contribute to increase the inspection reliability in thick component such as the pressure vessel of power generation industry

  11. Three dimension simulation analysis of the interpass stress and deformation during multipass welding

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    Zhang Huajun; Zhang Guangjun; Zhang Xiulan; Cai Chunbo; Gao Hongming

    2008-01-01

    It has been widely studied about the final residual stress and deformation in multipass welding of thick weldments. But there is a lack of a clear understanding of the interrelationship of interpass stress and deformation during multipass welding. In this study, a three dimension numerical model of a sixteen-pass double V-groove welded joint with 50 mm plate is developed to compute the stress field and deformation by using multiple CPU parallel processing technology. The following factors such as the non-linear of temperature, heat radiation, filling of material step by step and so on are considered. Distribution and evolution law of welding stress in the transverse and longitudinal section is analyzed in this paper, and the interpass stresses are studied also. At the same time the evolution course of angular deformation amount is analyzed, and the experimental results show that the calculated results accord with the measured results of angular deformation.

  12. Environmentally assisted cracking in LWR materials

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    Chopra, O.K.; Chung, H.M.; Kassner, T.F.; Park, J.H.; Shack, W.J. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Zhang, J.; Brust, F.W.; Dong, P. [Battelle Columbus Labs., Columbus, OH (United States)

    1998-03-01

    The effect of dissolved oxygen level on fatigue life of austenitic stainless steels is discussed and the results of a detailed study of the effect of the environment on the growth of cracks during fatigue initiation are presented. Initial test results are given for specimens irradiated in the Halden reactor. Impurities introduced by shielded metal arc welding that may affect susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking are described. Results of calculations of residual stresses in core shroud weldments are summarized. Crack growth rates of high-nickel alloys under cyclic loading with R ratios from 0.2--0.95 in water that contains a wide range of dissolved oxygen and hydrogen concentrations at 289 and 320 C are summarized.

  13. Modeling the Effects of Tool Shoulder and Probe Profile Geometries on Friction Stirred Aluminum Welds Using Response Surface Methodology

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    H.K.Mohanty; M.M.Mahapatra; P.Kumar; P.Biswas; N.R.Mandal

    2012-01-01

    The present paper discusses the modeling of tool geometry effects on the friction stir aluminum welds using response surface methodology.The friction stir welding tools were designed with different shoulder and tool probe geometries based on a design matrix.The matrix for the tool designing was made for three types of tools,based on three types of probes,with three levels each for defining the shoulder surface type and probe profile geometries.Then,the effects of tool shoulder and probe geometries on friction stirred aluminum welds were experimentally investigated with respect to weld strength,weld cross section area,grain size of weld and grain size of thermo-mechanically affected zone.These effects were modeled using multiple and response surface regression analysis.The response surface regression modeling were found to be appropriate for defining the friction stir weldment characteristics.

  14. Evaluation of laser welding techniques for hydrogen transmission. Final report, September 1977-November 1979

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    Mucci, J

    1980-05-01

    This program was established to determine the feasibility of laser beam welding as a fabrication method for hydrogen transmission and is a precursor in the effort to systematically provide the technological base necessary for large-scale, economic pipeline transmission of fuel for a hydrogen energy system. The study contributes to the technology base by establishing the effect of conventional weld processes and laser beam welding on the mechanical properties of two classes of steels in an air and high pressure gaseous hydrogen environment. Screening evaluation of the tensile, low-cycle fatigue and fracture toughness properties and metallurgical analyses provide the basis for concluding that laser beam welding of AISI 304L stainless steel and ASTM A106B carbon steel can produce weldments of comparable quality to those produced by gas-tungsten arc and electron beam welding and is at least equally compatible with 13.8 MPa (2000 psig) gaseous hydrogen environment.

  15. Materials property testing using a stress-strain microprobe

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    Panayotou, N.F.; Baldrey, D.G. [Lockheed Martin Corp., Schenectady, NY (United States); Haggag, F.M. [Advanced Technology Corp., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    1998-09-01

    The Stress-Strain Microprobe (SSM) uses an automated ball indentation technique to obtain flow data from a localized region of a test specimen or component. This technique is used to rapidly determine the yield strength and microstructural condition of a variety of materials including pressure vessel steels, stainless steels, and nickel-base alloys. The SSM provides an essentially non-destructive technique for the measurement of yield strength data. This technique is especially suitable for the study of complex or highly variable microstructures such as weldments and weld heat affected zones. In this study 119 distinct SSM determinations of the yield strength of eight engineering alloys are discussed and compared to data obtained by conventional tensile tests. The sensitivity of the SSM to the presence of residual stresses is also discussed.

  16. Microstructure and Property Relationships in Resistance Spot Weld between 7114 Interstitial Free Steel and 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Ahmet Hasanba(s)o(g)lu; Ramazan Ka(c)ar

    2006-01-01

    Due to the differences in physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the base metals, the resistance spot welding of dissimilar materials is generally more challenging than that of similar materials. The influence of the primary welding parameters affecting the heat input such as peak current on the morphology, microhardness,and tensile shear load bearing capacity of dissimilar welds between 304 grades austenitic and 7114 grade interstitial free steel has been investigated in this study. The optimum welding parameters producing maximum joint strength were established at a peak current of 9 kA, where the electrode force is kept 6×10-5 Pa and weld time is kept constant 17 cycles, respectively. The primary cause of weakening the weldment is identified as the excessive grain growing region of heat affected zone (HAZ) in case of 7114 grade interstitial free steel.

  17. EFFECT OF INTERMETALLIC PHASES ON CORROSION BEHAVIOR AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF DUPLEX STAINLESS STEEL AND SUPER-DUPLEX STAINLESS STEEL

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    Prabhu Paulraj

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Duplex Stainless Steels (DSS and Super Duplex Stainless Steel (SDSS have excellent integration of mechanical and corrosion properties. However, the formation of intermetallic phases is a major problem in their usage. The mechanical and corrosion properties are deteriorated due to the presence of intermetallic phases. These phases are induced during welding, prolonged exposure to high temperatures, and improper heat treatments. The main emphasis of this review article is on intermetallic phases and their effects on corrosion and mechanical properties. First the effect of various alloying elements on DSS and SDSS has been discussed followed by formation of various intermetallic phases. The intermetallic phases affect impact toughness and corrosion resistance significantly. Their deleterious effect on weldments has also been reviewed.

  18. Automatic weld torch guidance control system

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    Smaith, H. E.; Wall, W. A.; Burns, M. R., Jr.

    1982-01-01

    A highly reliable, fully digital, closed circuit television optical, type automatic weld seam tracking control system was developed. This automatic tracking equipment is used to reduce weld tooling costs and increase overall automatic welding reliability. The system utilizes a charge injection device digital camera which as 60,512 inidividual pixels as the light sensing elements. Through conventional scanning means, each pixel in the focal plane is sequentially scanned, the light level signal digitized, and an 8-bit word transmitted to scratch pad memory. From memory, the microprocessor performs an analysis of the digital signal and computes the tracking error. Lastly, the corrective signal is transmitted to a cross seam actuator digital drive motor controller to complete the closed loop, feedback, tracking system. This weld seam tracking control system is capable of a tracking accuracy of + or - 0.2 mm, or better. As configured, the system is applicable to square butt, V-groove, and lap joint weldments.

  19. Tensile and Creep-Rupture Evaluation of a New Heat of Haynes Alloy 25

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    Shingledecker, J.P.; Glanton, D.B.; Martin, R.L.; Sparks, B.L.; Swindeman, R.W.

    2007-02-14

    From 1999 to 2006, a program was undertaken within the Materials Science and Technology Division, formerly the Metals and Ceramics Division, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to characterize the tensile and creep-rupture properties of a newly produced heat of Haynes alloy 25 (L-605). Tensile properties from room temperature to 1100 C were evaluated for base material and welded joints aged up to 12,000 hours at 675 C. Creep and creep-rupture tests were conducted on base metal and cross-weldments from 650 to 950 C. Pressurized tubular creep tests were conducted to evaluate multiaxial creep-rupture response of the material. Over 800,000 hours of creep test data were generated during the test program with the longest rupture tests extending beyond 38,000 hours, and the longest creep-rate experiments exceeding 40,000 hours.

  20. Effect of Tool Shoulder and Pin Probe Profiles on Friction Stirred Aluminum Welds - a Comparative Study

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    H. K. Mohanty; M. M. Mahapatra; P. Kumar; P. Biswas; N. R. Mandal

    2012-01-01

    In marine application,marine grade steel is generally used for haul and superstructures.However,aluminum has also become a good choice due to its lightweight qualities,while rusting of aluminum is minimal compared to steel.In this paper a study on friction stir welding of aluminum alloys was presented.The present investigation deals with the effects of different friction stir welding tool geometries on mechanical strength and the microstructure properties of aluminum alloy welds.Three distinct tool geometries with different types of shoulder and tool probe profiles were used in the investigation according to the design matrix.The effects of each tool shoulder and probe geometry on the weld was evaluated.It was also observed that the friction stir weld tool geometry has a significant effect on the weldment reinforcement,microhardness,and weld strength.

  1. Design, Fabrication and Testing of Fixture for Implementation of a New Approach to Incorporate Tool tilting in Friction Stir Welding

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    Awang Mokhtar

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Friction Stir Welding (FSW is solid-state process for joining materials by using frictional heat generated due to rotating tool along the weld line. Since its invention about two decades ago, wide spread use of FSW is still restricted due to very expensive purpose built FSW machines available in the market. As an alternative, a milling machine can be used to carry out the FSW depending on the capabilities of the machine. In cases where milling machines have a fixed head, limitation of zero degree tool tilt angle results in substantial defects (e.g. tunnel defect in weldments. The objective of this study is to design and fabricate an adjustable-angle fixture to incorporate tool tilting in a CNC milling machine with fixed spindle head. The testing of the fabricated fixture is then carried out by running the FSW experiments at different tilt angles.

  2. Stress Distribution in the Dissimilar Metal Butt Weld of Nuclear Reactor Piping due to the Simulation Technique for the Repair Welding

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    Lee, Hweeseung; Huh, Namsu [Seoul Nat' l Univ. of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jinsu; Lee, Jinho [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    During welding, the dissimilar metal butt welds of nuclear piping are typically subjected to repair welding in order to eliminate defects that are found during post-weld inspection. It has been found that the repair weld can significantly increase the tensile residual stress in the weldment, and therefore, accurate estimation of the weld residual stress due to repair weld, especially for dissimilar metal welds using Ni-based alloy 82/182 in nuclear components, is of great importance in order to assess susceptibility to primary water stress corrosion cracking. In the present study, the stress distributions of dissimilar metal butt welds in nuclear reactor piping subjected to repair weld were investigated based on detailed nonlinear finite element analyses. Particular emphasis was placed on the variation of the stress distribution in the dissimilar metal butt weld according to the finite element welding analysis sequence for the repair welding process.

  3. Effect of preemptive weld overlay on residual stress mitigation for dissimilar metal weld of nuclear power plant pressurizer

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    Song, Tae Kwang; Bae, Hong Yeol; Chun, Yun Bae; Oh, Chang Young; Kim, Yun Jae [Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kyoung Soo; Park, Chi Yong [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-10-15

    Weld overlay is one of the residual stress mitigation methods which arrest crack initiation and crack growth. Therefore weld overlay can be applied to the region where cracking is likely to be. An overlay weld used in this manner is termed a Preemptive Weld OverLay(PWOL). In Pressurized Water Reactor(PWR) dissimilar metal weld is susceptible region for Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking(PWSCC). In order to examine the effect of PWOL on residual stress mitigation, PWOL was applied to a specific dissimilar metal weld of Kori nuclear power plant by finite element analysis method. As a result, strong compressive residual stress was made in PWSCC susceptible region and PWOL was proved effective preemptive repair method for weldment.

  4. Status of Testing and Characterization of CMS Alloy 617 and Alloy 230

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    Ren, Weiju [ORNL; Santella, Michael L [ORNL; Battiste, Rick [ORNL; Terry, Totemeier [Idaho National Laboratory (INL); Denis, Clark [Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

    2006-08-01

    Status and progress in testing and characterizing CMS Alloy 617 and Alloy 230 tasks in FY06 at ORNL and INL are described. ORNL research has focused on CMS Alloy 617 development and creep and tensile properties of both alloys. In addition to refurbishing facilities to conduct tests, a significant amount of creep and tensile data on Alloy 230, worth several years of research funds and time, has been located and collected from private enterprise. INL research has focused on the creep-fatigue behavior of standard chemistry Alloy 617 base metal and fusion weldments. Creep-fatigue tests have been performed in air, vacuum, and purified Ar environments at 800 and 1000 C. Initial characterization and high-temperature joining work has also been performed on Alloy 230 and CCA Alloy 617 in preparation for creep-fatigue testing.

  5. Characterization of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Resistance Spot Welded DP600 Steel

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    Ali Ramazani

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Resistance spot welding (RSW as a predominant welding technique used for joining steels in automotive applications needs to be studied carefully in order to improve the mechanical properties of the spot welds. The objectives of the present work are to characterize the resistance spot weldment of DP600 sheet steels. The mechanical properties of the welded joints were evaluated using tensile-shear and cross-tensile tests. The time-temperature evolution during the welding cycle was measured. The microstructures observed in different sites of the welds were correlated to thermal history recorded by thermocouples in the corresponding areas. It was found that cracks initiated in the periphery region of weld nuggets with a martensitic microstructure and a pull-out failure mode was observed. It was also concluded that tempering during RSW was the main reason for hardness decrease in HAZ.

  6. Numerical Analysis of Welding Residual Stress and Distortion in Laser+GMAW Hybrid Welding of Aluminum Alloy T-Joint

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    Guoxiang XU; Chuansong WU; Xuezhou MA; Xuyou WANG

    2013-01-01

    A 3-D finite element model is developed to predict the temperature field and thermally induced residual stress and distortion in laser+GMAW hybrid welding of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy T-joint.And the characteristics of residual stress distribution and deformation are numerically investigated.In the simulation,the heat source model takes into account the effect of joint geometric shape and welding torch slant on the heat flux distribution and a sequentially coupled thermo-mechanical method is used.The calculated results show that higher residual stress is distributed in and surround the weld zone.Its peak value is very close to the yield strength of base metal.Besides,a large deformation appears in the middle and rear part of the weldment.

  7. Prediction of optimum weld pool geometry of PCTIG welded titanium alloy using statistical design

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    M. Balasubramanian

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical strength of the weldments is not only influenced by the composition of the metals but selection of process parameters and weld bead profile also play a vital role in determining the strength. The relationships between the process parameters and the bead parameters controlling the bead shape are to be established. This is achieved by the development of mathematical expressions, relating the weld bead dimensions to the important process control variables affecting these dimensions. Also, optimization of the process parameters to control and obtain the required shape and quality of weld beads is also made possible with these expressions. The pulsing current parameters on weld pool geometry namely front height, back height, front width and back width of pulsed current tungsten inert gas welding (PCTIG of titanium alloy was analyzed. Box–Behnken design was used to develop empirical relationships, incorporating pulsed current parameters and weld pool geometry.

  8. Performance of V-4Cr-4Ti material exposed to the DIII-D tokamak environment

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    Tsai, H. E-mail: htsai@anl.gov; Johnson, W.R.; Yan, Y.; Trester, P.W.; Bozek, A.; King, J.F.; Smith, D.L

    2002-12-01

    As a first step to demonstrate the viability of using vanadium-base alloys for structural applications in fusion devices, six welded upper radiative divertor baffle support brackets made from a V-4Cr-4Ti alloy were installed in the DIII-D tokamak. To determine the effects of exposure to the tokamak environment, lead tests are being conducted on parent metal and weldment specimens. One of the issues to be addressed is whether excessive hydrogen uptake may occur to cause material embrittlement. Some of the lead tests have been completed. Data from samples exposed to up to four DIII-D operating cycles ({approx}4 years) indicate that the performance of the V-4Cr-4Ti alloy would not be significantly affected by the exposure. Brittle cleavage fractures are noted near the surface of some of the impact specimens, but only at very low (<-150 deg. C) test temperatures. Above -150 deg. C, all fractures are ductile.

  9. Heavy-section steel irradiation program. Progress report, October 1994--March 1995

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    Corwin, W.R. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-10-01

    This document is the October 1994-March 1995 Progress Report for the Heavy Section Steel Irradiation Program. The report contains a summary of activities in each of the 14 tasks of the HSSI Program, including: (1) Program management, (2) Fracture toughness shifts in high-copper weldments, (3) Fracture toughness shifts in low upper-shelf welds, (4) Irradiation effects in a commercial low upper-shelf weld, (5) Irradiation effects on weld heat-affected zone and plate materials, (6) Annealing effects in low upper-shelf welds, (7) Microstructural analysis of radiation effects, (8) In-service irradiated and aged material evaluations, (9) Japanese power development reactor vessel steel examination, (10) fracture toughness curve shift method, (11) Special technical assistance, (12) Technical assistance for JCCCNRS, (13) Correlation monitor materials, and (14) Test reactor irradiation coordination. Selected papers have been indexed separately for inclusion in the Energy Science and Technology Database.

  10. Properties of Alloy 617 for Heat Exchanger Design

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    Wright, Richard Neil [Idaho National Laboratory; Carroll, Laura Jill [Idaho National Laboratory; Benz, Julian Karl [Idaho National Laboratory; Wright, Julie Knibloe [Idaho National Laboratory; Lillo, Thomas Martin [Idaho National Laboratory; Lybeck, Nancy Jean [Idaho National Laboratory

    2014-10-01

    Abstract – Alloy 617 is among the primary candidates for very high temperature reactor heat exchangers anticipated for use up to 950ºC. Elevated temperature properties of this alloy and the mechanisms responsible for the observed tensile, creep and creep-fatigue behavior have been characterized over a wide range of test temperatures up to 1000ºC. Properties from the current experimental program have been combined with archival information from previous VHTR research to provide large data sets for many heats of material, product forms, and weldments. The combined data have been analyzed to determine conservative values of yield and tensile strength, strain rate sensitivity, creep-rupture behavior, fatigue and creep- fatigue properties that can be used for engineering design of reactor components. Phenomenological models have been developed to bound the regions over which the engineering properties are well known or can be confidently extrapolated for use in design.

  11. Composite nozzle design for reactor fuel assembly

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    Marlatt, G.R.; Allison, D.K.

    1984-01-24

    A composite nozzle is described for a fuel assembly adapted for installation on the upper or lower end thereof and which is constructed from two components. The first component includes a casting weldment or forging designed to carry handling loads, support fuel assembly weight and flow loads, and interface with structural members of both the fuel assembly and reactor internal structures. The second component of the nozzle consists of a thin stamped bore machine flow plate adapted for attachment to the casting body. The plate is designed to prevent fuel rods from being ejected from the core and provide orifices for coolant flow to a predetermined value and pressure drop which is consistent with the flow at other locations in the core.

  12. Laser sampling system for an inductively-coupled atomic emission spectrometer. Final report

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    NONE

    1998-02-15

    A laser sampling system was attached to a Perkin Elmer Optima 3000 inductively-coupled plasma, atomic emission spectrometer that was already installed and operating in the Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at the Colorado School of Mines. The use of the spectrometer has been highly successful. Graduate students and faculty from at least four different departments across the CSM campus have used the instrument. The final report to NSF is appended to this final report. Appendices are included which summarize several projects utilizing this instrument: acquisition of an inductively-coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer for the geochemistry program; hydrogen damage susceptibility assessment for high strength steel weldments through advanced hydrogen content analysis, 1996 and 1997 annual reports; and methods for determination of hydrogen distribution in high strength steel welds.

  13. Role of Transport Phenomena in the Evolution of Geometry, Composition and Structure

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    Tarasankar DebRoy

    2005-11-17

    Abstract Fusion welding is used extensively in industries that support the nation's energy supply, defense, infrastructure, and standard of living. Safety and reliability of the welded joints are affected by their geometry, composition and structure. This report provides an account of the significant advances made in quantitative understanding of the geometry, composition and various aspects of the weldment structure with financial support from DOE/BES. In particular, this report provides an account of the research conducted under the grant DE-FG02-84ER45158 in this important area and lists all the publications that document the details of the technical accomplishments that resulted from the work. Investigations of heat transfer, fluid flow and alloying element vaporization during laser welding resulted in a new technique for the determination of the peak temperature in the weld pool and provided a new method to estimate weld metal composition. Studies on the interfacial phenomena in fusion welding resulted in quantitative understanding of the interrelationship between the weld metal composition and geometry and provided new knowledge as to when the surface active elements would affect the weldment geometry and when these elements would have no effect on the geometry. Partitioning of oxygen nitrogen and hydrogen between the welding environment and the weld metal was affected by the extent of the dissociation of diatomic gaseous species which depended on the nature of the plasma formed during welding. The interfacial tension of the liquid metal was also affected by the plasma and the properties of the plasma affected the concentrations of oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen in the weld metal. Apart from the understanding of the evolution of composition and geometry of the weldments, application of transport phenomena provided useful information about various features of the weldment structure. Quantitative understanding of microstructure of the fusion zone and heat

  14. Progress report 1994 on fusion technology tasks

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    Klippel, H.T. [ed.

    1995-09-01

    This annual progress report describes research activities which have been performed at ECN within the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme during the period 1 January to 31 December 1994. The work is organized in R and D contracts for the next step NET/ITER Technology, the Solid Breeder Blanket Programme, the Long Term Programme and in JET and NET contracts. The topics concern: irradiation damage in austenitic and martensitic stainless steel, weldments, low-activation vanadium alloys, first wall coatings, simulation off-normal heat loads, nuclear data and neutronics for fusion, safety studies, development of ceramic breeding material and stress analysis on magnet coils. A list of publications and staff members is also given. (orig.).

  15. Experimental Investigations on Formability of Aluminum Tailor Friction Stir Welded Blanks in Deep Drawing Process

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    Kesharwani, R. K.; Panda, S. K.; Pal, S. K.

    2015-02-01

    In the present work, tailor friction stir welded blanks (TFSWBs) were fabricated successfully using 2.0-mm-thick AA5754-H22 and AA5052-H32 sheet metals with optimized tool design and process parameters. Taguchi L9 orthogonal array has been used to design the friction stir welding experiments, and the Grey relational analysis has been applied for the multi objective optimization in order to maximize the weld strength and total elongation reducing the surface roughness and energy consumption. The formability of the TFSWBs and parent materials was evaluated and compared in terms of limiting drawing ratio (LDR) using a conventional circular die. It was found that the formability of the TFSWBs was comparable with that of both the parent materials without failure in the weldment. A modified conical tractrix die (MCTD) was proposed to enhance the LDR of the TFSWBs. It was found that the formability was improved by 27% using the MCTD.

  16. Status Report on Irradiation Capsules Containing Welded FeCrAl Specimens for Radiation Tolerance Evaluation

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    Field, Kevin G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Howard, Richard H. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-02-26

    This status report provides the background and current status of a series of irradiation capsules, or “rabbits”, that were designed and built to test the contributions of microstructure, composition, damage dose, and irradiation temperature on the radiation tolerance of candidate FeCrAl alloys being developed to have enhanced weldability and radiation tolerance. These rabbits will also test the validity of using an ultra-miniature tensile specimen to assess the mechanical properties of irradiated FeCrAl base metal and weldments. All rabbits are to be irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to damage doses up to ≥15 dpa at temperatures between 200-550°C.

  17. Improvement of the reliability on nondestructive inspection

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    Song, Sung Jin; Kim, Young H. [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Hyang Beom [Soongsil Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Young Kil [Kunsan National Univ., Gunsan (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Hyun Jo [Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Ik Keun; Park, Eun Soo [Seoul Nationl Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-03-15

    Retaining reliabilities of nondestructive testing is essential for the life-time maintenance of Nuclear Power Plant. The nondestructive testing methods which are frequently used in the Nuclear Power Plant are eddy current testing for the inspection of steam generator tubes and ultrasonic testing for the inspection of weldments. In order to improve reliabilities of ultrasonic testing and eddy current testing, the subjects carried out in this study are as follows : development of BEM analysis technique for ECT of SG tube, development of neural network technique for the intelligent analysis of ECT flaw signals of SG tubes, development of RFECT technology for the inspection of SG tube, FEM analysis of ultrasonic scattering field, evaluation of statistical reliability of PD-RR test of ultrasonic testing and development of multi-Gaussian beam modeling technique to predict accurate signal of signal beam ultrasonic testing with the efficiency in calculation time.

  18. Experimental determination of TRIP-parameter K for mild- and high-strength low-alloy steels and a super martensitic filler material.

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    Neubert, Sebastian; Pittner, Andreas; Rethmeier, Michael

    2016-01-01

    A combined experimental numerical approach is applied to determine the transformation induced plasticity (TRIP)-parameter K for different strength low-alloy steels of grade S355J2+N and S960QL as well as the super martensitic filler CN13-4-IG containing 13 wt% chromium and 4 wt% nickel. The thermo-physical analyses were conducted using a Gleeble (®) 3500 facility. The thermal histories of the specimens to be tested were extracted from corresponding simulations of a real gas metal arc weldment. In contrast to common TRIP-experiments which are based on complex specimens a simple flat specimen was utilized together with an engineering evaluation method. The evaluation method was validated with literature values for the TRIP-parameter. It could be shown that the proposed approach enables a correct description of the TRIP behavior.

  19. Modeling of Roller Bracket on SolidWorks%基于SolidWorks的上托辊架三维建模

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    邵娜

    2015-01-01

    介绍一种利用SolidWorks软件中的焊件设计模块对带式输送机托辊架进行建模的方法,该方法操作简单、快捷。通过对上托辊架的三维建模以及虚拟装配,可以很直观地检查出设计中的错误,提高设计效率。%Introduces a method of roller bracket model of belt conveyor by using weldment design module of SolidWorks software, the method is simple and fast. Through the roller frame 3D modeling and virtual assembly, can be very intuitive to check out the design errors and improve design efficiency.

  20. The use of indentor testing in determining the creep properties locally - a review; Nyttjande av indentorteknik foer bestaemning av krypegenskaper lokalt - litteraturstudie

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    Andersson, Peder [Det Norske Veritas AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2000-07-01

    A review has been performed with the purpose of examining what has been published regarding the creep indentation technique. In the reference list a selected choice of published papers is presented. Furthermore, the use of the technique is explained, a presentation is made of the parameters that are possible to determine and, finally, the limitations of the technique are discussed. In the investigated publications, the theoretical aspects of the indentation technique are discussed, as well as the possibilities of applying the technique in practice. From the published material, it is obvious that creep indentation testing is a technique suitable when the creep deformation properties of a material are to be determined. It seems though, that the technique so far mostly has been used in academically designed experiments and not in a larger industrial scale. The creep indentation testing technique seems to be a good complement to conventional uniaxial creep testing in determining the creep deformation properties of a material. Especially in testing of the creep deformation properties of weldments and parts of weldments, such as HAZ, the indentation testing technique can prove to be advantageous, as only a small amount of material is needed. In the line of business of plants operating in the high temperature range, where materials experience creep, there should be an interest in seeing a development of a testing standard for the creep indentation technique. This could be performed by doing a more comprehensive analysis of a selected choice of published papers, putting together their differences and similarities after which verifying experiments are pursued. In the end, it should be possible to come up with a draft standard for creep indentation testing.

  1. Experimental Investigation of Material Flows Within FSWs Using 3D Tomography

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    Charles R. Tolle; Timothy A. White; Karen S. Miller; Denis E. Clark; Herschel B. Smartt

    2008-06-01

    There exists significant prior work using tracers or pre-placed hardened markers within friction stir welding (FSWing) to experimentally explore material flow within the FSW process. Our experiments replaced markers with a thin sheet of copper foil placed between the 6061 aluminum lap and butt joints that were then welded. The absorption characteristics of x-rays for copper and aluminum are significantly different allowing for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods such as x-ray computed tomography (CT) to be used to demonstrate the material movement within the weldment on a much larger scale than previously shown. 3D CT reconstruction of the copper components of the weldment allows for a unique view into the final turbulent state of the welding process as process parameters are varied. The x-ray CT data of a section of the weld region was collected using a cone-beam x-ray imaging system developed at the INL. Six-hundred projections were collected over 360-degrees using a 160-kVp Bremsstrahlung x-ray generator (25-micrometer focal spot) and amorphoussilicon x-ray detector. The region of the object that was imaged was about 3cm tall and 1.5cm x 1cm in cross section, and was imaged at a magnification of about 3.6x. The data were reconstructed on a 0.5x0.5x0.5 mm3 voxel grid. After reconstruction, the aluminum and copper could be easily discriminated using a gray level threshold allowing visualization of the copper components. Fractal analysis of the tomographic reconstructed material topology is investigated as a means to quantify macro level material flow based on process parameters. The results of multi-pass FSWs show increased refinement of the copper trace material. Implications of these techniques for quantifying process flow are discussed.

  2. Microstructural characterization and grain refinement of AA6082 gas tungsten arc welds by scandium modified fillers

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    Babu, N. Kishore, E-mail: nkishorebabu@gmail.com [Joining Technology Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Talari, Mahesh Kumar [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam (Malaysia); Pan, D.; Sun, Z.; Wei, J. [Joining Technology Group, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, 71 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Sivaprasad, K. [Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2012-12-14

    The refinement in weld metal grain size and shape results in both improved mechanical properties (ductility and toughness) as well as a significant improvement in weldability. In the present study, the influence of scandium (Sc) additions to the fillers on the structure and mechanical properties of AA6082 gas tungsten arc (GTA) weldments were investigated. Controlled amounts of scandium as grain refiner were introduced into the molten pool of AA6082 by pre-deposited cast inserts (AA4043 and AA5356) by GTA welding. Full penetration GTA welds were prepared using alternating current (AC). It was observed that grain size decreased with increasing amounts of scandium. The grain refinement is mainly caused by the Al{sub 3}Sc particles, which act as heterogeneous nucleation of {alpha}-Al grains. It has been shown that welds prepared with AA5356 cast insert exhibited high strength and ductility when compared with other welds. The observed grain refinement was shown to result in an appreciable increase in fusion zone hardness, strength and ductility. Post-weld aging treatment resulted in improved tensile strength and hardness of the weldments and this aging response could be attributed to the weld dilution from the base metal. The slow diffusion of Sc in Al matrix and stability of Al{sub 3}Sc precipitates at elevated temperatures were suggested to be responsible for the improved high temperature yield strength of welds made from Sc modified fillers. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Primary Al{sub 3}Sc particles resulted in grain refinement by heterogeneous nucleation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Weld metal strength and hardness improved due to grain refinement caused by Sc. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Weld metal responded to post-weld aging treatment due to dilution from base metal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sc addition improved the high temperature mechanical properties of welds.

  3. The use of indentor testing in determining the creep properties locally - a review; Nyttjande av indentorteknik foer bestaemning av krypegenskaper lokalt - litteraturstudie

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    Andersson, Peder [Det Norske Veritas AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2000-07-01

    A review has been performed with the purpose of examining what has been published regarding the creep indentation technique. In the reference list a selected choice of published papers is presented. Furthermore, the use of the technique is explained, a presentation is made of the parameters that are possible to determine and, finally, the limitations of the technique are discussed. In the investigated publications, the theoretical aspects of the indentation technique are discussed, as well as the possibilities of applying the technique in practice. From the published material, it is obvious that creep indentation testing is a technique suitable when the creep deformation properties of a material are to be determined. It seems though, that the technique so far mostly has been used in academically designed experiments and not in a larger industrial scale. The creep indentation testing technique seems to be a good complement to conventional uniaxial creep testing in determining the creep deformation properties of a material. Especially in testing of the creep deformation properties of weldments and parts of weldments, such as HAZ, the indentation testing technique can prove to be advantageous, as only a small amount of material is needed. In the line of business of plants operating in the high temperature range, where materials experience creep, there should be an interest in seeing a development of a testing standard for the creep indentation technique. This could be performed by doing a more comprehensive analysis of a selected choice of published papers, putting together their differences and similarities after which verifying experiments are pursued. In the end, it should be possible to come up with a draft standard for creep indentation testing.

  4. Effects of processing history on the creep strength of Nb-1Zr

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    Horak, J.A.; Egner, L.K.

    1993-06-01

    Power systems that are used to provide electrical power in space are designed to optimize conversion of thermal energy to electrical energy and to minimize the mass and volume that must be launched. Only refractory metals and their alloys have sufficient long-term strength for several years of uninterrupted operation at the temperatures required (e.g., >1200 K). The high power densities and temperatures at which these reactors must operate require the use of liquid-metal coolants. The alloy Nb-1 wt % (Nb-1Zr), which exhibits excellent corrosion resistance to alkali liquid-metals at high temperatures, is being considered for the fuel cladding, reactor structural, and heat transport systems for current space exploration missions. Useful lifetimes of these power systems are limited by creep deformation in the reactor core. Nb-1Zr sheet procured to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for rector grade and commercial grade has been processed by several different cold work and annealing treatments to attempt to produce the grain structure (size, shape, and distribution of sizes) that provides the maximum creep strength of this alloy at temperatures from 1250 to 1450 K. The effects of grain size, differences in oxygen concentrations, tungsten concentrations, and electron beam and gas tungsten arc weldments on creep strength were studied. Grain size has a large effect on creep strength at 1450 K but much less of an effect at 1350 K. Differences in oxygen or tungsten concentrations did not affect creep strength, and the creep strengths of weldments were equal to, or greater than, those for base metal.

  5. NDE Studies on CRDMs Removed From Service

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    Doctor, Steven R.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Schuster, George J.; Hockey, Ronald L.; Abrefah, John

    2005-12-31

    Studies being conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington are focused on assessing the effectiveness of NDE inspections of control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) nozzles and J-groove weldments. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) on the effectiveness of ultrasonic testing (UT) and eddy current testing (ET) as related to the in-service inspection of CRDM nozzles and J-groove weldments, and to enhance the knowledge base of primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) through destructive characterization of the CRDM assemblies. In describing two CRDM assemblies removed from service, decontaminated, and then used in a series of NDE measurements, this paper will address the following questions: 1) What did each technique detect?, 2) What did each technique miss?, 3) How accurately did each technique characterize the detected flaws? Two CRDM assemblies including the CRDM nozzle, the J-groove weld, buttering, and a portion of the ferritic head material were selected for this study. One contained suspected PWSCC, based on in-service inspection data; the other contained evidence suggesting through-wall leakage, but this was unconfirmed. The selected NDE measurements follow standard industry techniques for conducting in-service inspections of CRDM nozzles and the crown of the J-groove welds and buttering. In addition, laboratory based NDE methods will be employed to conduct inspections of the CRDM assemblies, with particular emphasis on inspecting the J-groove weld and buttering. This paper will also describe the NDE methods used and discus the NDE results. Future work will involve using the results from these NDE studies to guide the development of a destructive characterization plan to reveal the crack morphology, to be compared with NDE responses.

  6. Fusion Welding of AerMet 100 Alloy

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    ENGLEHART, DAVID A.; MICHAEL, JOSEPH R.; NOVOTNY, PAUL M.; ROBINO, CHARLES V.

    1999-08-01

    A database of mechanical properties for weldment fusion and heat-affected zones was established for AerMet{reg_sign}100 alloy, and a study of the welding metallurgy of the alloy was conducted. The properties database was developed for a matrix of weld processes (electron beam and gas-tungsten arc) welding parameters (heat inputs) and post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) conditions. In order to insure commercial utility and acceptance, the matrix was commensurate with commercial welding technology and practice. Second, the mechanical properties were correlated with fundamental understanding of microstructure and microstructural evolution in this alloy. Finally, assessments of optimal weld process/PWHT combinations for cotildent application of the alloy in probable service conditions were made. The database of weldment mechanical properties demonstrated that a wide range of properties can be obtained in welds in this alloy. In addition, it was demonstrated that acceptable welds, some with near base metal properties, could be produced from several different initial heat treatments. This capability provides a means for defining process parameters and PWHT's to achieve appropriate properties for different applications, and provides useful flexibility in design and manufacturing. The database also indicated that an important region in welds is the softened region which develops in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) and analysis within the welding metallurgy studies indicated that the development of this region is governed by a complex interaction of precipitate overaging and austenite formation. Models and experimental data were therefore developed to describe overaging and austenite formation during thermal cycling. These models and experimental data can be applied to essentially any thermal cycle, and provide a basis for predicting the evolution of microstructure and properties during thermal processing.

  7. Influence of welding speed on corrosion behaviour of friction stir welded AA5086 aluminium alloy

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    Kamran Amini; Farhad Gharavi

    2016-01-01

    The plates of AA5086 aluminium alloy were joined together by friction stir welding at a fixed rotation speed of 1000 r/min various welding speeds ranging from 63 to 100 mm/min. Corrosion behavior of the parent alloy (PA), the heat affected zone (HAZ), and the weld nugget zone (WNZ) of the joints were studied in 3.5% (mass fraction) aerated aqueous NaCl solution by potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The corrosion susceptibility of the weldments increases when the welding speed increases to 63 and 100 mm/min. However, the value of corrosion rate in the weldments is lower than that in the PA. Additionally, the corrosion current density increases with increasing the welding speed in the HAZ and the WNZ. On the contrary, the corrosion potential in the WNZ appears more positive than in the HAZ with decreasing the welding speed. The WNZ exhibits higher resistance compared to the HAZ and the PA as the welding speed decreases. The results obtained from the EIS measurements suggest that the weld regions have higher corrosion resistance than the parent alloy. With increasing the welding speed, the distribution and extent of the corroded areas in the WNZ region are lower than those of the HAZ region. In the HAZ region, in addition to the pits in the corroded area, some cracks can be seen around the corroded areas, which confirms that intergranular corrosion is formed in this area. The alkaline localized corrosion and the pitting corrosion are the main corrosion mechanisms in the corroded areas within the weld regions. Crystallographic pits are observed within the weld regions.

  8. A Review on Inertia and Linear Friction Welding of Ni-Based Superalloys

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    Chamanfar, Ahmad; Jahazi, Mohammad; Cormier, Jonathan

    2015-04-01

    Inertia and linear friction welding are being increasingly used for near-net-shape manufacturing of high-value materials in aerospace and power generation gas turbines because of providing a better quality joint and offering many advantages over conventional fusion welding and mechanical joining techniques. In this paper, the published works up-to-date on inertia and linear friction welding of Ni-based superalloys are reviewed with the objective to make clarifications on discrepancies and uncertainties reported in literature regarding issues related to these two friction welding processes as well as microstructure, texture, and mechanical properties of the Ni-based superalloy weldments. Initially, the chemical composition and microstructure of Ni-based superalloys that contribute to the quality of the joint are reviewed briefly. Then, problems related to fusion welding of these alloys are addressed with due consideration of inertia and linear friction welding as alternative techniques. The fundamentals of inertia and linear friction welding processes are analyzed next with emphasis on the bonding mechanisms and evolution of temperature and strain rate across the weld interface. Microstructural features, texture development, residual stresses, and mechanical properties of similar and dissimilar polycrystalline and single crystal Ni-based superalloy weldments are discussed next. Then, application of inertia and linear friction welding for joining Ni-based superalloys and related advantages over fusion welding, mechanical joining, and machining are explained briefly. Finally, present scientific and technological challenges facing inertia and linear friction welding of Ni-based superalloys including those related to modeling of these processes are addressed.

  9. CHARACTERIZATION OF DEFECTS IN ALLOY 152, 52 AND 52M WELDS

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    Bruemmer, Stephen M.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Seffens, Rob J.; Efsing, Pal G.

    2009-08-27

    Defect distributions have been documented by optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction in alloy 152 and 52 mockups welds, alloy 52 and 52M overlay mockups and an alloy 52M inlay. Primary defects were small cracks at grain boundaries except for more extensive cracking in the dilution zone of an alloy 52 overlay on 304SS. Detailed characterizations of the dilution zone cracks were performed by analytical transmission electron microscopy identifying grain boundary titanium-nitride precipitation associated with the intergranular separations. I. INTRODUCTION Weldments continue to be a primary location of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) in light-water reactor systems. While problems related to heat-affected-zone (HAZ) sensitization and intergranular (IG) SCC of austenitic stainless alloys in boiling-water reactors (BWRs) have been significantly reduced, SCC has now been observed in HAZs of non-sensitized materials and in dissimilar metal welds where Ni-base alloy weld metals are used. IGSCC in weld metals has been observed in both BWRs and pressurized water reactors (PWRs) with recent examples for PWR pressure vessel penetrations producing the most concern. This has led to the replacement of alloy 600/182/82 welds with higher Cr, more corrosion-resistant replacement materials (alloy 690/152/52/52M). Complicating this issue has been a known susceptibility to cracking during welding [1-7] of these weld metals. There is a critical need for an improved understanding of the weld metal metallurgy and defect formation in Ni-base alloy welds to effectively assess long-term performance. A series of macroscopic to microscopic examinations were performed on available mockup welds made with alloy 52 or alloy 152 plus selected overlay and inlay mockups. The intent was to expand our understanding of weld metal structures in simulated LWR service components with a focus on as-welded defects. Microstructural features, defect distributions

  10. High nitrogen steels for internal combustion engines. Final report; Druckaufgestickte Staehle fuer Verbrennungsmotore. Abschlussbericht

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    Horn, H.; Knuth, L.U.

    1998-07-01

    The aim of the study was the investigation of the weldability of martensitic and austenitic high nitrogen steels (HNS) in the case of valve applications. Friction welding and surfacing with the plasma-transferred arc hardfacing process is necessary for these applications. Because friction welding is a welding process in the range of the upper forging temperature and a melting zone during the welding does not take place, the nitrogen content in the base alloy is not affected. Therefore, friction welds with good properties can be produced. During the plasma process the HNS were remelted with the effect of a decreasing nitrogen content and formation of pores in the surfacing layer. Surfacing with a mixed argon-nitrogen gas with a nitrogen content more than 40% leads to porefree weldments. On the other hand, the stability of the plasma arc and the durability of the tungsten electrode decreases rapidly. Alloying of the HNS with nitrogen-affined elements like Niob a.o. is conductive to get porefree weldments also with nitrogen poor (ca 5%) plasma gas. In this case the welding process is in a controlled and reproducible condition and the hardness of the surface layer is in accordance with the requirements. (orig.) [German] In dem Forschungsvorhaben wurde die Schweisseignung von druckaufgestickten austenitischen und martensitischen Staehlen fuer den Einsatz als Ventilwerkstoffe untersucht. Bestimmend fuer diesen Einsatzfall sind das Plasma-Pulver-Auftragschweissen und das Reibschweissen. Die Reibschweisseignung der genannten Staehle ist sowohl untereinander als auch mit konventionellen Ventilstaehlen gegeben. Bei dem Plasma-Pulver-Auftragschweissen werden die druckaufgestickten Grundwerkstoffe verfahrensbedingt wieder aufgeschmolzen. Dies fuehrt zum Austreten des zwangsgeloesten Stickstoffes und damit zur unzulaessigen Porenbildung in der Auftragschweissung. Durch die Zugabe von Stickstoff zu dem Plasmagas kann die Porenbildung deutlich reduziert und mit Stickstoffgehalten

  11. Process Model for Friction Stir Welding

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    Adams, Glynn

    1996-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a relatively new process being applied for joining of metal alloys. The process was initially developed by The Welding Institute (TWI) in Cambridge, UK. The FSW process is being investigated at NASA/MSEC as a repair/initial weld procedure for fabrication of the super-light-weight aluminum-lithium shuttle external tank. The FSW investigations at MSFC were conducted on a horizontal mill to produce butt welds of flat plate material. The weldment plates are butted together and fixed to a backing plate on the mill bed. A pin tool is placed into the tool holder of the mill spindle and rotated at approximately 400 rpm. The pin tool is then plunged into the plates such that the center of the probe lies at, one end of the line of contact, between the plates and the shoulder of the pin tool penetrates the top surface of the weldment. The weld is produced by traversing the tool along the line of contact between the plates. A lead angle allows the leading edge of the shoulder to remain above the top surface of the plate. The work presented here is the first attempt at modeling a complex phenomenon. The mechanical aspects of conducting the weld process are easily defined and the process itself is controlled by relatively few input parameters. However, in the region of the weld, plasticizing and forging of the parent material occurs. These are difficult processes to model. The model presented here addresses only variations in the radial dimension outward from the pin tool axis. Examinations of the grain structure of the weld reveal that a considerable amount of material deformation also occurs in the direction parallel to the pin tool axis of rotation, through the material thickness. In addition, measurements of the axial load on the pin tool demonstrate that the forging affect of the pin tool shoulder is an important process phenomenon. Therefore, the model needs to be expanded to account for the deformations through the material thickness and the

  12. Microstructure and creep characteristics of dissimilar T91/TP316H martensitic/austenitic welded joint with Ni-based weld metal

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    Falat, Ladislav, E-mail: lfalat@imr.saske.sk [Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Kosice (Slovakia); Svoboda, Milan [Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Zizkova 22, 616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Vyrostkova, Anna; Petryshynets, Ivan; Sopko, Martin [Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Kosice (Slovakia)

    2012-10-15

    This paper deals with characterization of microstructure and creep behavior of dissimilar weldment between the tempered martensitic steel T91 and the non-stabilized austenitic steel TP316H with Ni-based weld metal (Ni WM). Microstructure analyses were performed using light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The martensitic part of the welded joint exhibited a wide heat-affected zone (HAZ) with typical microstructural gradient from its coarse-grained to the fine-grained/intercritical region. In contrast, the HAZ of austenitic steel was limited to only a narrow region with coarsened polygonal grains. The microstructure of Ni WM was found to be very heterogeneous with respect to the size, morphology and distribution of grain boundaries and MC-type precipitates as a result of strong weld metal dilution effects and fast non-equilibrium solidification. Cross-weld creep tests were carried out in a temperature range from 600 to 650 Degree-Sign C at applied stresses from 60 to 140 MPa. The obtained values of apparent stress exponents and creep activation energies indicate thermally activated dislocation glide to be the governing creep deformation mechanism within the range of used testing conditions. The creep samples ruptured in the T91 intercritical HAZ region by the 'type IV cracking' failure mode and the creep fracture mechanism was identified to be the intergranular dimple tearing by microvoid coalescence at grain boundaries. The TEM observations revealed pronounced microstructural differences between the critical HAZ region and the T91 base material before as well as after the creep exposure. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase transformations affect the microstructures of T91 and TP316H HAZ regions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High weld metal dilution results in heterogeneous microstructure with MC carbides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Creep behavior of the studied weldment is

  13. Weldability of Low Carbon Transformation Induced Plasticity Steel

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    ZHANG Mei; LI Lin; FU Ren-yu; ZHANG Ji-cheng; WAN Zi

    2008-01-01

    Transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) steel exhibited high or rather high carbon equivalent (CE) because of its chemical composition,which was a particularly detrimental factor affecting weldability of steels.Thus the weldability of a TRIP steel (grade 600) containing (in mass percent,%) 0.11C-1.19Si-1.67Mn was extensively studied.The mechanical properties and impact toughness of butt joint,the welding crack susceptibility of weld and heat affected zone (HAZ) for tee joint,control thermal severity (CTS) of the welded joint,and Y shape 60° butt joint were measured after the gas metal arc welding (GMAW) test.The tensile strength of the weld was higher than 700 Mpa.Both in the fusion zone (FZ) and HAZ for butt joint,the impact toughness was much higher than 27 J,either at room temperature or at -20 ℃,indicating good low temperature impact ductility of the weld of TRIP 600 steel.In addition,welding crack susceptibility tests revealed that weldments were free of surface crack and other imperfection.All experimental results of this steel showed fairly good weldability.For application,the crossmember in automobile made of this steel exhibited excellent weldability,and fatigue and durability tests were also accomplished for crossmember assembly.

  14. Study on the high-precision laser welding technology of nuclear fuel elements processing

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    Kim, Soo Sung; Yang, M. S.; Kim, W. K.; Lee, D. Y

    2001-01-01

    The proper welding method for appendage of bearing pads and spacers of PHWR nuclear fuel elements is considered important in respect to the soundness of weldments and the improvement of the performance of nuclear fuels during the operation in reactor. The probability of welding defects of the appendage parts is mostly apt to occur and it is connected directly with the safty and life prediction of the nuclear reactor in operation. Recently there has been studied all over the world to develope welding technology by laser in nuclear fuel processing, and the appendage of bearing pads and spacers of PHWR nuclear fuel elements. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the characteristics of the laser welded specimens and make some samples for the appendage of bearing pads of PHWR nuclear fuel elements. This study will be also provide the basic data for the fabrications of the appendage of bearing pads and spacers. Especially the laser welding is supposed to be used in the practical application such as precise materials manufacturing fields. In this respect this technology is not only a basic advanced technology with wide applications but also likely to be used for the development of directly applicable technologies for industries, with high potential benefits derived in the view point of economy and industry.

  15. Subtask 12B1: Welding development for V-Cr-Ti alloys

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    King, J.F.; Goodwin, G.M.; Grossbeck, M.L.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-03-01

    Development of the metallurgical and technological basis for the welding of thick sections of V-Cr-Ti alloys. The weldability and weldment properties of the V-5Cr-5Ti alloy have been evaluated. Results for the Sigmajig test of the vanadium alloy were similar to the cracking resistance of stainless steels, and indicates hot-cracking is unlikely to be a problem. Subsize Charpy test results for GTA weld metal in the as-welded condition have shown a significant reduction in toughness compared to the base metal. The weld metal toughness properties were restored to approximately that of the base metal after exposure to a PWHT 950{degrees}C. The subsize Charpy toughness results for the EB weld metal from this same heat of vanadium alloy has shown significant improvement in properties compared to the GTA weld metal and the base metal. Further testing and analysis will be conducted to more fully characterize the properties of weld metal for each welding process and develop a basic understanding of the cause of the toughness decrease in the GTA welds. 5 figs., 1 tab.

  16. The reliability of the repair weld joints of aged high temperature components in fossil power boilers

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    Okamura, Hiroyuki [Science Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Ohtani, Ryuichi [Kyoto Univ. (Japan); Fujii, Kazuya [Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corp., Tokyo (Japan); Yokoyama, Tomomitsu; Nishimura, Nobuhiko [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Suzuki, Komei [Japan Steel Works Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-11-01

    It is of fundamental engineering importance to be able to give reliable assessments of the effective service life of the critical components used within fossil power plants, particularly for those operating for prolonged periods. It is common practice for such assessments to have been estimated using destructive tests, typically the stress rupture test, this having been recognized as one of the most reliable evaluation methods available. Its only drawback is that it often does not permit the component to be in use following the sampling of the test specimen without repairing. The current piece of work focuses on the reliability of the repair welds of components for specimens taken from fossil power plants, having been in service for prolonged periods. Several such repairs to welds have been made to an old power boiler, in particular to a superheater header which is fabricated from 2.25Cr-1Mo steel. Under close examination the repairs to the girth weldment showed susceptibilities of weld cracking, similar to that observed in as-manufactured material. Within the repaired region of the welded joint the microstructure, tensile properties and toughness seemed to be unaffected. The hardness attained its minimum value within the heat affected zone, HAZ of the repair weld, overlapping that of original girth weld HAZ. Furthermore, the stress rupture strength achieved its minimum value at the same position taking on the same value as the strength associated with the aged girth welded joint. (orig.)

  17. Creep Strength of Dissimilar Welded Joints Using High B-9Cr Steel for Advanced USC Boiler

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    Tabuchi, Masaaki; Hongo, Hiromichi; Abe, Fujio

    2014-10-01

    The commercialization of a 973 K (700 °C) class pulverized coal power system, advanced ultra-supercritical (A-USC) pressure power generation, is the target of an ongoing research project initiated in Japan in 2008. In the A-USC boiler, Ni or Ni-Fe base alloys are used for high-temperature parts at 923 K to 973 K (650 °C to 700 °C), and advanced high-Cr ferritic steels are planned to be used at temperatures lower than 923 K (650 °C). In the dissimilar welds between Ni base alloys and high-Cr ferritic steels, Type IV failure in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) is a concern. Thus, the high B-9Cr steel developed at the National Institute for Materials Science, which has improved creep strength in weldments, is a candidate material for the Japanese A-USC boiler. In the present study, creep tests were conducted on the dissimilar welded joints between Ni base alloys and high B-9Cr steels. Microstructures and creep damage in the dissimilar welded joints were investigated. In the HAZ of the high B-9Cr steels, fine-grained microstructures were not formed and the grain size of the base metal was retained. Consequently, the creep rupture life of the dissimilar welded joints using high B-9Cr steel was 5 to 10 times longer than that of the conventional 9Cr steel welded joints at 923 K (650 °C).

  18. Ferritic steels for sodium-cooled fast reactors: Design principles and challenges

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    Raj, Baldev; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2010-09-01

    An overview of the current status of development of ferritic steels for emerging fast reactor technologies is presented in this paper. The creep-resistant 9-12Cr ferritic/martensitic steels are classically known for steam generator applications. The excellent void swelling resistance of ferritic steels enabled the identification of their potential for core component applications of fast reactors. Since then, an extensive knowledge base has been generated by identifying the empirical correlations between chemistry of the steels, heat treatment, structure, and properties, in addition to their in-reactor behavior. A few concerns have also been identified which pertain to high-temperature irradiation creep, embrittlement, Type IV cracking in creep-loaded weldments, and hard zone formation in dissimilar joints. The origin of these problems and the methodologies to overcome the limitations are highlighted. Finally, the suitability of the ferritic steels is re-evaluated in the emerging scenario of the fast reactor technology, with a target of achieving better breeding ratio and improved thermal efficiency.

  19. Tensile Residual Stress Mitigation Using Low Temperature Phase Transformation Filler Wire in Welded Armor Plates

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    Feng, Zhili [ORNL; Bunn, Jeffrey R [ORNL; Tzelepis, Demetrios A [ORNL; Payzant, E Andrew [ORNL; Yu, Xinghua [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) has been a persistent issue in welding of high-strength steels. Mitigating residual stresses is one of the most efficient ways to control HIC. The current study develops a proactive in-process weld residual stress mitigation technique, which manipulates the thermal expansion and contraction sequence in the weldments during welding process. When the steel weld is cooled after welding, martensitic transformation will occur at a temperature below 400 C. Volume expansion in the weld due to the martensitic transformation will reduce tensile stresses in the weld and heat affected zone and in some cases produce compressive residual stresses in the weld. Based on this concept, a customized filler wire which undergoes a martensitic phase transformation during cooling was developed. The new filler wire shows significant improvement in terms of reducing the tendency of HIC in high strength steels. Bulk residual stress mapping using neutron diffraction revealed reduced tensile and compressive residual stresses in the welds made by the new filler wire.

  20. Failure of Stainless Steel Welds Due to Microstructural Damage Prevented by In Situ Metallography

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    Juan Manuel Salgado Lopez

    Full Text Available Abstract In stainless steels, microstructural damage is caused by precipitation of chromium carbides or sigma phase. These microconstituents are detrimental in stainless steel welds because they lead to weld decay. Nevertheless, they are prone to appear in the heat affected zone (HAZ microstructure of stainless steel welds. This is particularly important for repairs of industrial components made of austenitic stainless steel. Non-destructive metallography can be applied in welding repairs of AISI 304 stainless steel components where it is difficult to ensure that no detrimental phase is present in the HAZ microstructure. The need of microstructural inspection in repairs of AISI 304 is caused because it is not possible to manufacture coupons for destructive metallography, with which the microstructure can be analyzed. In this work, it is proposed to apply in situ metallography as non-destructive testing in order to identify microstructural damage in the microstructure of AISI 304 stainless steel welds. The results of this study showed that the external surface micrographs of the weldment are representative of HAZ microstructure of the stainless steel component; because they show the presence of precipitated metallic carbides in the grain boundaries or sigma phase in the microstructure of the HAZ.

  1. A Finite Element Model to Simulate Defect Formation during Friction Stir Welding

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    Zhi Zhu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a 3D coupled thermo-mechanical finite element model is developed to predict and analyze the defect formation during friction stir welding based on coupled Eulerian Lagrangian method. The model is validated by comparing the estimated welding temperature, processed zone shape and void size with those obtained experimentally. The results compared indicate that the simulated temperature and the data measured are in good agreement with each other. In addition, the model can predict the plasticized zone shape and the presence of a void in the weld quite accurately. However, the void size is overestimated. The effects of welding parameters and tool pin profile are also analyzed. The results reveal that welding at low welding speed or high tool rotational speed could produce a smaller void. Moreover, compared to a smooth tool pin, a featured tool pin can enhance plastic flow in the weld and achieve defect-free weldment. The results are helpful for the optimization of the welding process and the design of welding tools.

  2. The Analysis of the Field Application Methodology of Electromagnetic Ultrasonic Testing for Piping in Nuclear Power Plant

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    Park, Chi Seung; Joo, Keum Jong; Choi, Jung Kweun; Um, Byung Kook; Park, Jea Suk [Korea Advanced Ispection Technology Co., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-08-15

    Nuclear plant piping is classified as the safety class and non-safety class piping in usual. Safety class piping has been examined in accordance with ASME Section XI and V during PSI/ISI using RT, UT, PT, ECT, etc and evaluated periodically for integrity. But failures in piping had reported at non-welded parts and non-safety class pipings as well as the safety class pipings. The existing NDT methods are suitable for the specific parts for instance weldments to inspect but difficult to examine all parts (total coverage) of pipe line and very expensive in cost and consume the time. And also inspection using those methods is difficult and limited for the parts which are complex configuration, embedded under ground and installed at high radiation area in nuclear power plants. In order to inspect all parts of long range piping systems and reduce the inspection time and cost, the electromagnetic ultrasonic inspection technology is suitable and effective. The electromagnetic ultrasonic method can cover more than 50 m apart from sensor at one time without moving the sensor and examined the parts which are in difficulties for accessibility, for example, high radiation area, insulated components and embedded under ground.

  3. Potential mechanisms for corrosion and stress corrosion cracking failure of 3013 storage containers composed of 316 stainless steel

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    Kolman, D.G.; Butt, D.P.

    1998-03-01

    The degradation of 316 stainless steel (SS) storage container materials is a potential problem for radioactive waste disposition. Container materials will be exposed to significant ionizing radiation, elevated temperatures, embrittling and/or alloying agents (e.g., gallium), chloride-containing compounds (as much as 20 wt% Cl or Cl{sup {minus}}), oxidizing compounds, and a limited quantity of moisture. Additionally, containers will contain welds that have heterogeneous composition due to solute segregation and that may retain significant residual stress. All of the above-listed environmental and material conditions have been shown to be deleterious to material integrity under certain conditions. Unfortunately, the precise conditions within each container and environment is unknown and may vary widely from container to container. Thus, no single test or set of tests will be able mimic the broad range of storage container conditions. Additionally, material behavior cannot be predicted because the synergistic effects of temperature, time, chloride, moisture, sensitization, weldments, salt formation, etc., have not been fully studied. The complexity and uncertainty of storage conditions precludes any detailed recommendations. This document attempts to detail selected previous studies and to suggest some general guidelines for storage of radioactive waste. Because of the voluminous research in this area, this review cannot be considered to be comprehensive. Readers are directed to references that contain detailed reviews of particular processes for more information. Note that the effect of gallium on the degradation of SS storage containers has been discussed elsewhere and will not be discussed here.

  4. Friction welding of a nickel free high nitrogen steel: influence of forge force on microstructure, mechanical properties and pitting corrosion resistance

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    Mrityunjoy Hazra

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, nickel free high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel specimens were joined by continuous drive friction welding process by varying the amount of forge (upsetting force and keeping other friction welding parameters such as friction force, burn-off, upset time and speed of rotation as constant at appropriate levels. The joint characterization studies include microstructural examination and evaluation of mechanical (micro-hardness, impact toughness and tensile and pitting corrosion behaviour. The integrity of the joint, as determined by the optical microscopy was very high and no crack and area of incomplete bonding were observed. Welds exhibited poor Charpy impact toughness than the parent material. Toughness for friction weld specimens decreased with increase in forge force. The tensile properties of all the welds were almost the same (irrespective of the value of the applied forge force and inferior to those of the parent material. The joints failed in the weld region for all the weld specimens. Weldments exhibited lower pitting corrosion resistance than the parent material and the corrosion resistance of the weld specimens was found to decrease with increase in forge force.

  5. Optimization of process parameters during vibratory welding technique using Taguchi's analysis

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    Pravin Kumar Singh

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available With an aim to improve the mechanical properties of a weld joint, a new concept of vibratory setup has been designed which is capable to stir the molten weld pool before it solidifies during shielded metal arc welding (SMAW operation. Mechanical vibration having resonance frequency of 300 Hz and amplitude of 0.5 mm was transferred to the molten weld pool of 6 mm thick mild steel butt-welded joints during the welding operation. The experimental work was conducted at various ranges of frequencies, welding current and welding speed. Taguchi's analysis technique has been applied to optimize the process parameters; the response values for analysis are yield strength and micro-hardness. The test results showed that with the application of the vibratory treatment the values of hardness and tensile properties increased. The auxiliary vibrations induced into the weld pool resulted in increased micro-hardness of the weld metal which indicates the orientation of the crystal and refinement of grains took place. This study shows that vibration applied into the weld pool can be successfully improved the mechanical properties of welded joints. Thus this research attempt provided an alternative welding technique for grain refinement of weldments.

  6. Tensile properties of a titanium modified austenitic stainless steel and the weld joints after neutron irradiation

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    Shiba, K.; Ioka, I.; Jitsukawa, S.; Hamada, A.; Hishinuma, A. [and others

    1996-10-01

    Tensile specimens of a titanium modified austenitic stainless steel and its weldments fabricated with Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Electron Beam (EB) welding techniques were irradiated to a peak dose of 19 dpa and a peak helium level of 250 appm in the temperature range between 200 and 400{degrees}C in spectrally tailored capsules in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor (ORR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). The He/dpa ratio of about 13 appm/dpa is similar to the typical helium/dpa ratio of a fusion reactor environment. The tensile tests were carried out at the irradiation temperature in vacuum. The irradiation caused an increase in yield stress to levels between 670 and 800 MPa depending on the irradiation temperature. Total elongation was reduced to less than 10%, however the specimens failed in a ductile manner. The results were compared with those of the specimens irradiated using irradiation capsules producing larger amount of He. Although the He/dpa ratio affected the microstructural change, the impact on the post irradiation tensile behavior was rather small for not only base metal specimens but also for the weld joint and the weld metal specimens.

  7. Materials performance in the atmospheric fluidized-bed cogeneration air heater experiment

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    Natesan, K.; Podolski, W.; Wang, D.Y.; Teats, F.G. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)); Gerritsen, W.; Stewart, A.; Robinson, K. (Rockwell International Corp., Canoga Park, CA (United States))

    1991-02-01

    The Atmospheric Fluidized-Bed Cogeneration Air Heater Experiment (ACAHE) sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) was initiated to assess the performance of various heat-exchanger materials to be used in fluidized-bed combustion air heater systems. Westinghouse Electric Corporation, through subcontracts with Babcock Wilcox, Foster Wheeler, and ABB Combustion Engineering Systems, prepared specifications and hardware for the ACAHE tests. Argonne National Laboratory contracted with Rockwell International to conduct tests in the DOE atmospheric fluidized-bed combustion facility. This report presents an overview of the project, a description of the facility and the test hardware, the test operating conditions, a summary of the operation, and the results of analyzing specimens from several uncooled and cooled probes exposed in the facility. Extensive microstructural analyses of the base alloys, claddings, coatings, and weldments were performed on specimens exposed in several probes for different lengths of time. Alloy penetration data were determined for several of the materials as a function of specimen orientation and the exposure location in the combustor. Finally, the data were compared with earlier laboratory test data, and the long-term performance of candidate materials for air-heater applications was assessed.

  8. The Effect of Welding Current and Composition of Stainless steel on the Panetration in GTAW

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    Ramazan Yılmaz

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, welding was performed on the plates of two different types of AISI 316 and AISI 316Ti austenitic stainless steels by GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding without using welding consumable in flat position. Automatic GTAW welding machine was used to control and obtain the exact values. The effects of welding currents used in welding process and the compositions of the stainless steels materials on the penetration were investigated. Weld bead size and shape such as bead width and dept were important considerations for penetration. Welding process was performed using various welding current values. The study showed that both welding parameters and composition of the stainless steels has influence on the penetration and It is increased with increasing of welding current. Besides, P/W rate of the weldments were influenced by the current and hardness values of the weld metal decrease with increasing welding current. The microstructure of the weld metal was also changed by variation of welding current.

  9. Effects of the Process Parameters on Austenitic Stainless Steel by TIG-Flux Welding

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    Heryueh HUANG; Shengwen SHYU; Kuanghung TSENG; Changpin CHOU

    2006-01-01

    The effects of the process parameters of TIG (tungsten inset gas)-flux welding on the welds morphology,angular distortion, ferrite content and hot cracking in austenitic stainless steel were investigated. Autogenous TIG welding process was applied to the type 304 stainless steel through a thin layer of activating flux to produce a bead on plate welded joint. TiO2, SiO2, Fe2O3, Cr2O3, ZnO and MnO2 were used as the activating fluxes. The experimental results indicated that the TIG-flux welding can increase the weld depth/width ratio and reduce the HAZ (heat affected zone) range, and therefore the angular distortion of the weldment can be reduced. It was also found that the retained ferrite content within the TIG-flux welds is increased, and has a beneficial effect in reducing hot cracking tendency for stainless steels of the austenitic type weld metals. A plasma column constriction increases the current density at the anode spot and then a substantial increase in penetration of the TIG-flux welds can be obtained.

  10. Multi-response optimization of process parameters for TIG welding of Incoloy 800HT by Taguchi grey relational analysis

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    Arun Kumar Srirangan

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Incoloy 800HT which was selected as one of the prominent material for fourth generation power plant can exhibit appreciable strength, good resistance to corrosion and oxidation in high temperature environment. This study focuses on the multi-objective optimization using grey relational analysis for Incoloy 800HT welded with tungsten inert arc welding process with N82 filler wire of diameter 1.2 mm. The welding input parameters play a vital role in determining desired weld quality. The experiments were conducted according to L9 orthogonal array. The input parameter chosen were the welding current, Voltage and welding speed. The output response for quality targets chosen were the ultimate tensile strength and yield strength (at room temperature, 750 °C and impact toughness. Grey relational analysis was applied to optimize the input parameters simultaneously considering multiple output variables. The optimal parameters combination was determined as A2B1C2 i.e. welding current at 110 A, voltage at 10 V and welding speed at 1.5 mm/s. ANOVA method was used to assess the significance of factors on the overall quality of the weldment. The output of the mechanical properties for best and least grey relational grade was validated by the metallurgical characteristics:

  11. Influence of M-TIG and A-TIG Welding Process on Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior of 409 Ferritic Stainless Steel

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    Vidyarthy, R. S.; Dwivedi, D. K.; Vasudevan, M.

    2017-03-01

    The current study investigates the effects of activating flux tungsten inert gas welding (A-TIG) and multipass tungsten inert gas welding (M-TIG) on the weld morphology, angular distortion, microstructures and mechanical properties when welding 8-mm-thick 409 ferritic stainless steel (FSS). SiO2 was used as activating flux for A-TIG welding, while SUPERTIG ER309L was used as filler for M-TIG welding. Bead-on-plate weld trials were carried out to obtain the full penetration by using different combinations of flux coating density, welding speed and welding current. An optical microscope, field emission scanning microscope (FESEM), and x-ray diffractometer were used for the metallurgical characterizations. Vickers hardness, tensile test, Charpy toughness test, and creep behavior test were carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties of the base and weld metals. Experimental results indicate that the A-TIG process can increase the joint penetration and tends to reduce the angular distortion of the 409 FSS weldment. The A-TIG welded joint also exhibited greater mechanical strength. However, a critically low Charpy toughness was measured for the A-TIG weld fusion zone, which was later sufficiently improved after post weld heat treatment (PWHT). It was concluded that PWHT is mandatory for A-TIG welded 409 FSS.

  12. Identificación metalográfica de fases en una junta soldada de acero estructural microaleado y su influencia en el mecanismo de fractura

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    Porras-Arévalo, G. O.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available This study seeks to characterize the present phases through welded joint zones of structural steel and to describe the fracture mechanism, offering a support to the metallic construction industry. In most cases, structural designers associate weldments in this construction type with the brittleness in its structure, with the drop toughness and with a high collapse risk for the ductile-brittle transition.

    Este estudio pretende caracterizar las fases presentes a través de las zonas de una junta soldada de acero estructural y describir el mecanismo de fractura, ofreciendo un soporte a la industria de la construcción metálica. En la mayoría de los casos, la utilización de la soldadura en este tipo de construcción se asocia, por los diseñadores estructurales, con la fragilidad de su estructura, con la baja tenacidad y con un alto riesgo de colapso por la transición dúctil-frágil.

  13. Iron aluminide weld overlay coatings for boiler tube protection in coal-fired low NOx boilers

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    Banovic, S.W.; DuPont, J.N.; Marder, A.R. [Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA (United States). Energy Research Center

    1997-12-01

    Iron aluminide weld overlay coatings are currently being considered for enhanced sulfidation resistance in coal-fired low NO{sub x} boilers. The use of these materials is currently limited due to hydrogen cracking susceptibility, which generally increases with an increase in aluminum concentration of the deposit. The overall objective of this program is to attain an optimum aluminum content with good weldability and improved sulfidation resistance with respect to conventional materials presently in use. Research has been initiated using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) in order to achieve this end. Under different sets of GTAW parameters (wire feed speed, current), both single and multiple pass overlays were produced. Characterization of all weldments was conducted using light optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electron probe microanalysis. Resultant deposits exhibited a wide range of aluminum contents (5--43 wt%). It was found that the GTAW overlays with aluminum contents above {approximately}10 wt% resulted in cracked coatings. Preliminary corrosion experiments of 5 to 10 wt% Al cast alloys in relatively simple H{sub 2}/H{sub 2}S gas mixtures exhibited corrosion rates lower than 304 stainless steel.

  14. Midland reactor pressure vessel flaw distribution

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    Foulds, J.R.; Kennedy, E.L. [Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Rosinski, S.T. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1993-12-01

    The results of laboratory nondestructive examination (NDE), and destructive cross-sectioning of selected weldment sections of the Midland reactor pressure vessel were analyzed per a previously developed methodology in order to develop a flaw distribution. The flaw distributions developed from the NDE results obtained by two different ultrasonic test (UT) inspections (Electric Power Research Institute NDE Center and Pacific Northwest Laboratories) were not statistically significantly different. However, the distribution developed from the NDE Center`s (destructive) cross-sectioning-based data was found to be significantly different than those obtained through the UT inspections. A fracture mechanics-based comparison of the flaw distributions showed that the cross-sectioning-based data, conservatively interpreted (all defects considered as flaws), gave a significantly lower vessel failure probability when compared with the failure probability values obtained using the UT-based distributions. Given that the cross-sectioning data were reportedly biased toward larger, more significant-appearing (by UT) indications, it is concluded that the nondestructive examinations produced definitively conservative results. In addition to the Midland vessel inspection-related analyses, a set of twenty-seven numerical simulations, designed to provide a preliminary quantitative assessment of the accuracy of the flaw distribution method used here, were conducted. The calculations showed that, in more than half the cases, the analysis produced reasonably accurate predictions.

  15. Flaw distribution development from vessel ISI data

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    Foulds, J.R.; Kennedy, E.L. [Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Basin, S.L. [Joyce and Associates, Los Altos, CA (United States); Rosinski, S.T. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1991-12-31

    Previous attempts to develop flaw distributions for use in the structural integrity evaluation of pressurized water reactor (PWR) vessels have aimed at the estimation of a ``generic`` distribution applicable to all vessels. In contrast, this paper describes the analysis of vessel-specific in-service inspection (ISI) data for the development of a flaw distribution reliably representative of the condition of the particular vessel inspected. The application of the methodology may be extended to other vessels, but has been primarily developed for PWR reactor vessels. For this study, the flaw data analyzed included data obtained from three recently performed PWR vessel ISIs and from laboratory inspection of selected weldment sections of the Midland reactor vessel. The variability in both the character of the reviewed data (size range of flaws, number of flaws) and the UT (ultrasonic test) inspection system performance identified a need for analyzing the inspection results on a vessel-, or data set-specific basis. For this purpose, traditional histogram-based methods were inadequate, and a new methodology that can accept a very small number of flaws (typical of vessel-specific ISI results) and that includes consideration of inspection system flaw detection reliability, flaw sizing accuracy and flaw detection threshold, was developed. Results of the application of the methodology to each of the four PWR reactor vessel cases studied are presented and discussed.

  16. Flaw distribution development from vessel ISI data

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    Foulds, J.R.; Kennedy, E.L. (Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (United States)); Basin, S.L. (Joyce and Associates, Los Altos, CA (United States)); Rosinski, S.T. (Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States))

    1991-01-01

    Previous attempts to develop flaw distributions for use in the structural integrity evaluation of pressurized water reactor (PWR) vessels have aimed at the estimation of a generic'' distribution applicable to all vessels. In contrast, this paper describes the analysis of vessel-specific in-service inspection (ISI) data for the development of a flaw distribution reliably representative of the condition of the particular vessel inspected. The application of the methodology may be extended to other vessels, but has been primarily developed for PWR reactor vessels. For this study, the flaw data analyzed included data obtained from three recently performed PWR vessel ISIs and from laboratory inspection of selected weldment sections of the Midland reactor vessel. The variability in both the character of the reviewed data (size range of flaws, number of flaws) and the UT (ultrasonic test) inspection system performance identified a need for analyzing the inspection results on a vessel-, or data set-specific basis. For this purpose, traditional histogram-based methods were inadequate, and a new methodology that can accept a very small number of flaws (typical of vessel-specific ISI results) and that includes consideration of inspection system flaw detection reliability, flaw sizing accuracy and flaw detection threshold, was developed. Results of the application of the methodology to each of the four PWR reactor vessel cases studied are presented and discussed.

  17. Impression creep technique-An overview

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    Sastry, D.H. [Department of Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)]. E-mail: dhsastry@hotmail.com

    2005-11-15

    Impression creep technique is a modified indentation creep test wherein the conical or ball indenter is replaced by a cylindrical, flat bottomed punch. The usefulness of this technique, pioneered by Prof. Li, is illustrated by application to a variety of problems in this laboratory. High temperature creep behavior of a number of metals and alloys, particularly estimation of the thermal activation parameters aiding the identification of the rate controlling mechanisms of creep, has been investigated. The technique has also been exploited to assess the 'single crystal' creep behavior vis a vis that of a polycrystalline sample. Utilizing the impression creep test, the creep behavior of individual zones in steel weldments has been examined. The simplicity and the utility of the impression creep test have been further demonstrated by its application to the study of superplastic behavior in alloys. This paper presents a cross section of the results obtained in the above investigations. It is concluded that the impression creep test technique is capable of yielding much of the information that can be obtained from tensile creep testing. Furthermore, it can provide data which are either impossible or extremely difficult to obtain with conventional creep testing.

  18. Fracture assessment of laser welde joints using numerical crack propagation simulation with a cohesive zone model; Bruchmechanische Bewertung von Laserschweissverbindungen durch numerische Rissfortschrittsimulation mit dem Kohaesivzonenmodell

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    Scheider, I.

    2001-07-01

    This thesis introduces a concept for fracture mechanical assessment of structures with heterogenuous material properties like weldments. It is based on the cohesive zone model for numerical crack propagation analysis. With that model the failure of examined structures due to fracture can be determined. One part of the thesis contains the extension of the capabilities of the cohesive zone model regarding modelling threedimensional problems, shear fracture and unloading. In a second part new methods are developed for determination of elastic-plastic and fracture mechanical material properties, resp., which are based on optical determination of the specimen deformation. The whole concept has been used successfully for the numerical simulation of small laser welded specimens. (orig.) [German] In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird ein Konzept vorgestellt, mit dem es moeglich ist, Bauteile mit heterogenen Materialeigenschaften, wie z.B. Schweissverbindungen, bruchmechanisch zu bewerten. Es basiert auf einem Modell zur numerischen Rissfortschrittsimulation, dem Kohaesivzonenmodell, um das Versagen des zu untersuchenden Bauteils infolge von Bruch zu bestimmen. Ein Teil der Arbeit umfasst die Weiterentwicklung des Kohaesivzonenmodells zur Vorhersage des Bauteilversagens in Bezug auf die Behandlung dreidimensionaler Probleme, Scherbuch und Entlastung. In einem zweiten Teil werden Methoden zur Bestimmung sowohl der elastischplastischen als auch der bruchmechanischen Materialparameter entwickelt, die zum grossen Teil auf optischen Auswertungsmethoden der Deformationen beruhen. Das geschlossene Konzept wird erfolgreich auf lasergeschweisste Kleinproben angewendet. (orig.)

  19. Gas Metal Arc Welding Using Novel CaO-Added Mg Alloy Filler Wire

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    Minjung Kang

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Novel “ECO Mg” alloys, i.e., CaO-added Mg alloys, which exhibit oxidation resistance during melting and casting processes, even without the use of beryllium or toxic protection gases such as SF6, have recently been introduced. Research on ECO Mg alloys is still continuing, and their application as welding filler metals was investigated in this study. Mechanical and metallurgical aspects of the weldments were analysed after welding, and welding behaviours such as fume generation and droplet transfer were observed during welding. The tensile strength of welds was slightly increased by adding CaO to the filler metal, which resulted from the decreased grain size in the weld metal. When welding Mg alloys, fumes have been unavoidable so far because of the low boiling temperature of Mg. Fume reduction was successfully demonstrated with a wire composed of the novel ECO Mg filler. In addition, stable droplet transfer was observed and spatter suppression could be expected by using CaO-added Mg filler wire.

  20. Development of materials resistant to metal dusting degradation.

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    Natesan, K.; Zeng, Z.

    2006-04-24

    Metal dusting corrosion has been a serious problem in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, such as reforming and syngas production systems. This form of deterioration has led to worldwide material loss for 50 years. For the past three years, we have studied the mechanism of metal dusting for Fe- and Ni-base alloys. In this report, we present a correlation between the weight loss and depth of pits that form in Ni-base alloys. Nickel-base alloys were also tested at 1 and 14.8 atm (210 psi), in a high carbon activity environment. Higher system pressure was found to accelerate corrosion in most Ni-base alloys. To reduce testing time, a pre-pitting method was developed. Mechanical scratches on the alloy surface led to fast metal dusting corrosion. We have also developed preliminary data on the performance of weldments of several Ni-base alloys in a metal dusting environment. Finally, Alloy 800 tubes and plates used in a reformer plant were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and Raman spectroscopy. The oxide scale on the surface of the Alloy 800 primarily consists of Fe{sub 1+x}Cr{sub 2-X}O{sub 4} spinel phase with high Fe content. Carbon can diffuse through this oxide scale. It was discovered that the growth of metal dusting pits could be stopped by means of a slightly oxidized alloy surface. This leads to a new way to solve metal dusting problem.

  1. Investigation on dissimilar laser welding of advanced high strength steel sheets for the automotive industry

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    Rossini, M., E-mail: matteo.rossini@unibz.it [Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, 39100 Bolzano (Italy); Spena, P. Russo, E-mail: pasquale.russospena@unibz.it [Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, 39100 Bolzano (Italy); Cortese, L., E-mail: luca.cortese@unibz.it [Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, 39100 Bolzano (Italy); Matteis, P., E-mail: paolo.matteis@polito.it [Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Firrao, D., E-mail: donato.firrao@polito.it [Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2015-03-25

    To support the use of advanced high strength steels in car body design and fabrication, an investigation was carried out on dissimilar butt laser welding between TWinning Induced Plasticity (TWIP) steels, Dual Phase (DP) steels, hot stamping boron (22MnB5) steels, and TRansformation Induced Plasticity (TRIP) steels. The base materials and the weldments were fully characterized by means of metallography, microhardness, and tensile tests. Digital image analysis was also used to provide additional information on the local strain field in the joint during the tensile tests. Fractographic examination was finally performed on the fracture surfaces of the tensile samples. The dissimilar joints between the DP, 22MnB5, and TRIP steels exhibit good resistance properties. On the contrary, the dissimilar joints encompassing the TWIP steel exhibit poor mechanical strength and fail along the weld seam by intergranular fracture, probably due to presence of Mn segregations. Therefore, the laser welding of TWIP steel with other advanced high strength steels is not recommended without the use of proper metal fillers. Dissimilar laser welding of DP, TRIP and 22MnB5 combinations, on the contrary, can be a solution to assemble car body parts made of these steel grades.

  2. Closure development for high-level nuclear waste containers for the tuff repository; Phase 1, Final report

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    Robitz, E.S. Jr.; McAninch, M.D. Jr.; Edmonds, D.P. [Babcock and Wilcox Co., Lynchburg, VA (USA). Nuclear Power Div.]|[Babcock and Wilcox Co., Alliance, OH (USA). Research and Development Div.

    1990-09-01

    This report summarizes Phase 1 activities for closure development of the high-level nuclear waste package task for the tuff repository. Work was conducted under U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Contract 9172105, administered through the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), as part of the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP), funded through the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM). The goal of this phase was to select five closure processes for further evaluation in later phases of the program. A decision tree methodology was utilized to perform an objective evaluation of 15 potential closure processes. Information was gathered via a literature survey, industrial contacts, and discussions with project team members, other experts in the field, and the LLNL waste package task staff. The five processes selected were friction welding, electron beam welding, laser beam welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and plasma arc welding. These are felt to represent the best combination of weldment material properties and process performance in a remote, radioactive environment. Conceptual designs have been generated for these processes to illustrate how they would be implemented in practice. Homopolar resistance welding was included in the Phase 1 analysis, and developments in this process will be monitored via literature in Phases 2 and 3. Work was conducted in accordance with the YMP Quality Assurance Program. 223 refs., 20 figs., 9 tabs.

  3. Numerical Simulation of the Inertia Friction Welding Process of Dissimilar Materials

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    El-Hadek, Medhat A.

    2014-12-01

    Three-dimensional axisymmetric finite element analyses have been performed to analyze the coupled thermo-mechanical oscillatory transient problem of friction welding of two dissimilar hollow cylinders. The analysis included the effect of conduction and convection heat transfer implementing three independent variables specifically the welding time, the rotational velocity, and the thrust pressure. Experimental evaluation of the non-linear copper and Aluminum 6061 stress-strain responses, the thermal conductivities, and the specific heat coefficients were conducted using an environmental-controlled compartment for at least four different temperatures. These results were incorporated in the finite element model calculating a real joint transient temperature distribution and a full field view of the residual stresses in weldment. Variables of angular rotational velocity of (200, 400, and 600 rpm), thrust pressure of (10E5, 10E6, and 10E7 Pa), and total welding time of (1, 2, and 4 seconds) were used in the model simulation. The optimum welding conditions were selected using Taguchi method. Finally, the deformation shape predicted by the finite element simulations was compared to the deformations obtained by the experimental results.

  4. Crack detection and sizing technique by ultrasonic and electromagnetic methods

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    Komura, Ichiro E-mail: ichiro.komura@toshiba.co.jp; Hirasawa, Taiji; Nagai, Satoshi; Takabayashi, Jun-ichi; Naruse, Katsuhiko

    2001-06-01

    Improvements in defect detection and sizing capabilities for non-destructive inspection techniques have been required in order to ensure the reliable operation and life extension of nuclear power plants. For the volumetric inspection, the phased array UT technique has superior capabilities for beam steering and focusing to objective regions, and real-time B-scan imaging without mechanical scanning. In contrast to the conventional UT method, high-speed inspection is realized by the unique feature of the phased array technique. A 256-channel array system has developed for the inspection of weldment of BWR internal components such as core shrouds. The TOFD crack sizing technique also can be applied using this system. For the surface inspection, potential drop techniques and eddy current techniques have been improved, which combined the theoretical analysis. These techniques have the crack sizing capability for surface breaking cracks to which UT method is difficult to apply. This paper provides the recent progress of these phased array and electromagnetic inspection techniques.

  5. Post-weld Tempered Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Hybrid Laser-Arc Welded Cast Martensitic Stainless Steel CA6NM

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    Mirakhorli, Fatemeh; Cao, Xinjin; Pham, Xuan-Tan; Wanjara, Priti; Fihey, Jean-Luc

    2016-12-01

    Manufacturing of hydroelectric turbine components involves the assembly of thick-walled stainless steels using conventional multi-pass arc welding processes. By contrast, hybrid laser-arc welding may be an attractive process for assembly of such materials to realize deeper penetration depths, higher production rates, narrower fusion, and heat-affected zones, and lower distortion. In the present work, single-pass hybrid laser-arc welding of 10-mm thick CA6NM, a low carbon martensitic stainless steel, was carried out in the butt joint configuration using a continuous wave fiber laser at its maximum power of 5.2 kW over welding speeds ranging from 0.75 to 1.2 m/minute. The microstructures across the weldment were characterized after post-weld tempering at 873 K (600 °C) for 1 hour. From microscopic examinations, the fusion zone was observed to mainly consist of tempered lath martensite and some residual delta-ferrite. The mechanical properties were evaluated in the post-weld tempered condition and correlated to the microstructures and defects. The ultimate tensile strength and Charpy impact energy values of the fully penetrated welds in the tempered condition were acceptable according to ASTM, ASME, and industrial specifications, which bodes well for the introduction of hybrid laser-arc welding technology for the manufacturing of next generation hydroelectric turbine components.

  6. Correlation of Fracture Behavior With Microstructure in Friction Stir Welded, and Spin Formed AI-Li 2195 Domes

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    Tayon, Wesley A.; Domack, Marcia S.; Hales, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    Single-piece, spin-formed domes manufactured from friction stir welded (FSW) plates of Al-Li alloy 2195 have the potential to reduce the cost of fabricating cryogenic propellant tanks. Mechanical properties in the completed domes can be related directly to the final material condition and the microstructures developed. However, these new fabrication techniques have resulted in unexpected material challenges, such as abnormal grain growth in the weld nugget and the propensity for fracture in the adjacent thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ). In this study, the microstructure and texture transformations within the TMAZ are related to fracture location in the vicinity of the weldment. The texture variations in the TMAZ are caused primarily by the varying amounts of shear deformation introduced during the FSW process. Grain morphology and microtexture characteristics are examined as a function of location in the TMAZ via electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). A strong correlation between fracture location and the presence of texture banding in the TMAZ is observed. The fracture path tends to follow a distinct region of low Taylor Factor (TF) grains.

  7. Program to develop acoustic emission-flaw relationship for inservice monitoring of nuclear pressure vessels. Annual report, July 1, 1976 - October 1, 1977

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    Hutton, P.H.; Kurtz, R.J.; Schwenk, E.B.; Pavloff, C.

    1978-06-01

    Laboratory mechanical tests were conducted to evaluate AE during uniaxial tensile, fracture and fatigue crack growth in A533B pressure vessel steel. The A533B steel included two heats of Class 1, one heat of Class 2 and a weldment made for the Heavy Section Steel Technology (HSST) Program. Specimen types included uniaxial tensile specimens, size 2 compact tension specimens for fatigue crack growth and fracture tests, and a single-edge notch specimen also for fatigue crack growth through material that was uniformly strained 3% prior to fatigue testing. In addition, AE monitoring was conducted on the HSST V-7B 6-inch thick pressure vessel test. AE data were partitioned into four ranges of signal amplitude and rise time. All the AE data were analyzed, with respect to mechanical behavior of A533B steel. Linear elastic fracture mechanics analysis methods were used to relate AE parameters to fracture and fatigue crack growth parameters. AE data from the V-7B vessel test were correlated with stress intensity factor and crack opening displacement. AE data from the fatigue crack growth tests were investigated using models based on fatigue crack growth rate, fatigue crack area and theoretical crack tip plastic zone size.

  8. CO2 laser-micro plasma arc hybrid welding for galvanized steel sheets

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    C. H. KIM; Y. N. AHN; J. H. KIM

    2011-01-01

    A laser lap welding process for zinc-coated steel has a well-known unsolved problem-porosity formation. The boiling temperature of coated zinc is lower than the melting temperature of the base metal. which is steel. In the autogenous laser welding,the zinc vapor generates from the lapped surfaces expels the molten pool and the expulsion causes numerous weld defects, such as spatters and blow holes on the weld surface and porosity inside the welds. The laser-arc hybrid welding was suggested as an alternative method for the laser lap welding because the arc can preheat or post-heat the weldment according to the arrangement of the laser beam and the arc. CO2 laser-micro plasma hybrid welding was applied to the lap welding of zinc-coated steel with zero-gap.The relationships among the weld quality and process parameters of the laser-arc arrangement, and the laser-arc interspacing distance and arc current were investigated using a full-factorial experimental design. The effect of laser-arc arrangement is dominant because the leading plasma arc partially melts the upper steel sheets and vaporizes or oxidizes the coated zinc on the lapped surfaces.Compared with the result from the laser-TIG hybrid welding, the heat input from arc can be reduced by 40%.

  9. Development of Advanced 9Cr Ferritic-Martensitic Steels and Austenitic Stainless Steels for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor

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    Sham, Sam [ORNL; Tan, Lizhen [ORNL; Yamamoto, Yukinori [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    Ferritic-martensitic (FM) steel Grade 92, with or without thermomechanical treatment (TMT), and austenitic stainless steels HT-UPS (high-temperature ultrafine precipitate strengthening) and NF709 were selected as potential candidate structural materials in the U.S. Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) program. The objective is to develop advanced steels with improved properties as compared with reference materials such as Grade 91 and Type 316H steels that are currently in nuclear design codes. Composition modification and/or processing optimization (e.g., TMT and cold-work) were performed to improve properties such as resistance to thermal aging, creep, creep-fatigue, fracture, and sodium corrosion. Testings to characterize these properties for the advanced steels were conducted by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the U.S. SFR program. This paper focuses on the resistance to thermal aging and creep of the advanced steels. The advanced steels exhibited up to two orders of magnitude increase in creep life compared to the reference materials. Preliminary results on the weldment performance of the advanced steels are also presented. The superior performance of the advanced steels would improve reactor design flexibility, safety margins and economics.

  10. On Improving the Quality of Gas Tungsten Arc Welded 18Ni 250 Maraging Steel Rocket Motor Casings

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    Gupta, Renu N.; Raja, V. S.; Mukherjee, M. K.; Narayana Murty, S. V. S.

    2017-10-01

    In view of their excellent combination of strength and toughness, maraging steels (18Ni 250 grade) are widely used for the fabrication of large sized solid rocket motor casings. Gas tungsten arc welding is commonly employed to fabricate these thin walled metallic casings, as the technique is not only simple but also provides the desired mechanical properties. However, sometimes, radiographic examination of welds reveals typical unacceptable indications requiring weld repair. As a consequence, there is a significant drop in weld efficiency and productivity. In this work, the nature and the cause of the occurrence of these defects have been investigated and an attempt is made to overcome the problem. It has been found that weld has a tendency to form typical Ca and Al oxide inclusions leading to the observed defects. The use of calcium fluoride flux has been found to produce a defect free weld with visible effect on weld bead finish. The flux promotes the separation of inclusions, refines the grain size and leads to significant improvement in mechanical properties of the weldment.

  11. Evaluation of residual stresses in electron-beam welded Zr2.5Nb0.9Hf Zircadyne flange mock-up of a reflector vessel beam tube flange

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    Muránsky, O., E-mail: ondrej.muransky@ansto.gov.au [Institute of Material Engineering, ANSTO, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC, 2234 NSW (Australia); Holden, T.M. [Northern Stress Technologies, Deep River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1P0 (Canada); Kirstein, O. [European Spallation Source, EES AB, Tunavagen 24, SE-211 00 Lund (Sweden); James, J.A. [Open University, Materials Engineering, Milton Keynes MK7 6BJ (United Kingdom); Paradowska, A.M. [Bragg Institute, ANSTO, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC, 2234 NSW (Australia); Edwards, L. [Institute of Material Engineering, ANSTO, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC, 2234 NSW (Australia)

    2013-07-15

    The dual-phase alloy Zr2.5Nb alloy is an important nuclear material, because of its use in current and possible use in future nuclear reactors. It is, however, well-known that Zr2.5Nb weldments can fail through a time-dependent mechanism called delayed hydride cracking which is typically driven by the presence of tensile residual stresses. With a view to understanding the development of residual stresses associated with Zr2.5Nb welds the current study focuses on the evaluation of the residual stresses in a mock-up of a reactor beam tube flange made from Zr2.5Nb0.9Hf. The present results suggests that, like ferritic welds which undergo a solid-state phase transformation upon welding, Zr2.5Nb0.9Hf welds also develop high tensile residual stresses in the heat-affected zone whereas the stresses closer to the weld tip are reduced by the effects of the β → α solid-state phase transformation.

  12. Main mechanisms of material properties degradation under reactor pressure vessel operating conditions

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    Karzov, Georgy; Timofeev, Boris [Central Research Inst. of Structural Materials ' prometey' , St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    1999-07-01

    In the process of NPP equipment operation materials are subjected to a prolonged influence of loads, associated with the variation of inner pressure and temperature under various conditions. Each equipment element damage is associated with some material fracture mechanism. For NPP equipment the mechanisms of irreversible damage accumulation are related with: irradiation embrittlement, thermal and strain aging, fatigue damages from mechanical and thermal loading, stress corrosion and fatigue corrosion, creep and thermal relaxation stresses, erosion and weak, thermal shock. The basic tasks of specialists working in the sphere of the provision of reliability and service life of nuclear power equipment are not only the determination of the main mechanisms of damages and reasons of their appearance, but also the study of methods which would permit to control these properties completely. By giving some examples of Russian NPP equipment with VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactors the paper presents most typical degradation mechanisms of equipment material properties, including weldments, in the process of operation and methods to recover by using various technological means. (author)

  13. Recent Methodologies for Creep Deformation Analysis and Its Life Prediction

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    Kim, Woo-Gon; Park, Jae-Young; Iung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    To design the high-temperature creeping materials, various creep data are needed for codification, as follows: i) stress vs. creep rupture time for base metals and weldments (average and minimum), ii) stress vs. time to 1% total strain (average), iii) stress vs. time to onset of tertiary creep (minimum), and iv) constitutive eqns. for conducting time- and temperature- dependent stress-strain (average), and v) isochronous stress-strain curves (average). Also, elevated temperature components such as those used in modern power generation plant are designed using allowable stress under creep conditions. The allowable stress is usually estimated on the basis of up to 10{sup 5} h creep rupture strength at the operating temperature. The master curve of the “sinh” function was found to have a wider acceptance with good flexibility in the low stress ranges beyond the experimental data. The proposed multi-C method in the LM parameter revealed better life prediction than a single-C method. These improved methodologies can be utilized to accurately predict the long-term creep life or strength of Gen-IV nuclear materials which are designed for life span of 60 years.

  14. Fatigue performance of welded aluminum deck structures

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    Haagensen, P.J.; Ranes, M.; Kluken, A.O.; Kvale, I.

    1996-12-01

    Aluminum alloys are used increasingly in load carrying structures where low weight and low maintenance costs are at a premium. Helicopter decks, structures for living quarters and personnel transfer bridges between platforms are examples of offshore applications. While these structures are not usually subjected to high fatigue loads, the increasing use of aluminum in high speed ships, and more recently in highway bridge structures, makes the question of fatigue performance more important. In this paper the fatigue properties of small scale weldments in an AA6005 alloy are compared with the results of fatigue tests on full scale sections of welded extrusions in the same material, which were used in an aluminum bridge deck structure. The fatigue performance is also compared with the fatigue clauses in the new British design code BS8118 for aluminium structures and the proposed Eurocode 9. The prospects of using a new joining technique, friction stir welding (FSW), in the production of large scale panels for deck and ship hull structures is discussed. The FSW process is described briefly, and some fatigue test data are presented.

  15. Microstructural Evolution in Friction Stir Welding of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Rubisoff, H.; Querin, J.; Magee, D.; Schneider, J.

    2008-01-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a thermo-mechanical process that utilizes a nonconsumable rotating pin tool to consolidate a weld joint. In the conventional FSW process, the pin tool is responsible for generating both the heat required to soften the material and the forces necessary to deform and combine the weld seam. As such, the geometry of the pin tool is important to the quality of the weld and the process parameters required to produce the weld. Because the geometry of the pin tool is limitless, a reduced set of pin tools was formed to systematically study their effect on the weldment with respect to mechanical properties and resultant microstructure. In this study 0deg, 15deg, 30deg, 45deg, and 60deg tapered, microwave sintered, tungsten carbide (WC) pin tools were used to FSW Ti-6Al-4V. Transverse sections of the weld were used to test for mechanical properties and to document the microstructure using optical microscopy. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was also used to characterize the microstructure in the welds. FSW results for the 45deg and 60deg pin tools are reported in this paper.

  16. Influence of M-TIG and A-TIG Welding Process on Microstructure and Mechanical Behavior of 409 Ferritic Stainless Steel

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    Vidyarthy, R. S.; Dwivedi, D. K.; Vasudevan, M.

    2017-02-01

    The current study investigates the effects of activating flux tungsten inert gas welding (A-TIG) and multipass tungsten inert gas welding (M-TIG) on the weld morphology, angular distortion, microstructures and mechanical properties when welding 8-mm-thick 409 ferritic stainless steel (FSS). SiO2 was used as activating flux for A-TIG welding, while SUPERTIG ER309L was used as filler for M-TIG welding. Bead-on-plate weld trials were carried out to obtain the full penetration by using different combinations of flux coating density, welding speed and welding current. An optical microscope, field emission scanning microscope (FESEM), and x-ray diffractometer were used for the metallurgical characterizations. Vickers hardness, tensile test, Charpy toughness test, and creep behavior test were carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties of the base and weld metals. Experimental results indicate that the A-TIG process can increase the joint penetration and tends to reduce the angular distortion of the 409 FSS weldment. The A-TIG welded joint also exhibited greater mechanical strength. However, a critically low Charpy toughness was measured for the A-TIG weld fusion zone, which was later sufficiently improved after post weld heat treatment (PWHT). It was concluded that PWHT is mandatory for A-TIG welded 409 FSS.

  17. Sensitivity Analysis for Residual Stress on DVI (Direct Vessel Injection) Nozzle Welded Joint

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    Noh, Byeong Wook; Chung, Sung Ho; Lee, Jung Hun; Kim, Oak Sug [DOOSAN Heavy Industries and Construction Co. LTD, Reactor Design Team, 555 Guygok-dong Changwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-07-01

    Generally, any welding process produces high compressive or tensile residual stresses in the heat affected zone depending on the method, shape and procedures of the weldment. In particular, the tensile residual stresses have a considerable effect on the material strength, fatigue strength and corrosion cracking. For this reason, it is important that some knowledge of the internal stress state be deduced either from measurements or from modeling predictions. In this study, the residual stresses after a multi-pass welding process for DVI nozzle welding joint were evaluated by a numerical simulation method. The welding joint considered three weld joint angles of 40 deg., 6 deg. and 2 deg. Computations were made using a 2-D finite element model based on the simulation of cooling from the heat treatment temperature to room temperature with two cooling conditions at the inside surface. In these results, it is shown that the residual stress increased at the inner surface, when water cooling was applied to the inner surface, and axial compressive residual stress increased at the inner surface when the joint angle was decreased. (authors)

  18. Local mechanical properties of Alloy 82/182 dissimilar weld joint between SA508 Gr.1a and F316 SS at RT and 320 °C

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    Kim, Jin Weon; Lee, Kyoungsoo; Kim, Jong Sung; Byun, Thak Sang

    2009-02-01

    The distributions of mechanical and microstructural properties were investigated for the dissimilar metal weld joints between SA508 Gr.1a ferritic steel and F316 austenitic stainless steel with Alloy 82/182 filler metal using small-size tensile specimens. The material properties varied significantly in different zones while those were relatively uniform within each material. In particular, significant gradient of the mechanical properties were observed near the both heat-affected zones (HAZs) of F316 SS and SA508 Gr.1a. Thus, the yield stress (YS) was under-matched with respect to the both HAZs, although, the YS of the weld metal was over-matched with respect to both base metals. The minimum ductility occurred in the HAZ of SA508 Gr.1a at both test temperatures. The plastic instability stress also varied considerably across the weld joints, with minimum values occurring in the SA508 Gr.1a base metal at RT and in the HAZ of F316 SS at 320 °C. The transmission electron micrographs showed that the strengthening in the HAZ of F316 SS was attributed to the strain hardening, induced by a strain mismatch between the weldment and the base metal, which was evidenced by high dislocation density in the HAZ of F316 SS.

  19. Experimental analysis of dissimilar metal weld joint: Ferritic to austenitic stainless steel

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    Rathod, Dinesh W., E-mail: dineshvrathod@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India); Pandey, Sunil [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India); Singh, P.K. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Prasad, Rajesh [Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2015-07-15

    The dissimilar metal weld (DMW) joint between SA508Gr.3Cl.1 ferritic steel and SS304LN using Inconel 82/182 consumables was required in the nuclear power plants. The joint integrity assessment of these welds requires mechanical and metallurgical properties evaluation in weldment regions. The joint was subjected to 100% radiography test and bend test and transverse tensile test. Welding and testing were carried out as per the requirements of ASME Sec-IX and acceptance criteria as per ASME Sec-III. The transverse tensile test results indicated the failure from the weld metal although it satisfies the minimum strength requirement of the ASME requirements; therefore, the DMW joint was analyzed in detail. Straight bead deposition technique, fine slag inclusion, less reliable radiograph technique, plastic instability stress, yield strength ratio and metallurgical deteriorations have been contributed to failure of the DMW joint from the weld region. In the present work, the factors contributing to the fracture from weld metal have been discussed and analyzed.

  20. Local mechanical properties of Alloy 82/182 dissimilar weld joint between SA508 Gr.1a and F316 SS at RT and 320 deg. C

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    Kim, Jin Weon [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Chosun University, 375 Seosuk-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju 501-759 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: jwkim@chosun.ac.kr; Lee, Kyoungsoo [Nuclear Power Laboratory, Korea Electric Power Research Institute, 103-16 Munji-dong, Yusung-gu, Daejon 305-380 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong Sung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sunchon National University, 413 Jungangno, Sunchon, Jeonnam 540-742 (Korea, Republic of); Byun, Thak Sang [Oak Ridge Nation Laboratory, Material Science and Technology Division, P.O. Box 2008, MS-6151, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)

    2009-02-28

    The distributions of mechanical and microstructural properties were investigated for the dissimilar metal weld joints between SA508 Gr.1a ferritic steel and F316 austenitic stainless steel with Alloy 82/182 filler metal using small-size tensile specimens. The material properties varied significantly in different zones while those were relatively uniform within each material. In particular, significant gradient of the mechanical properties were observed near the both heat-affected zones (HAZs) of F316 SS and SA508 Gr.1a. Thus, the yield stress (YS) was under-matched with respect to the both HAZs, although, the YS of the weld metal was over-matched with respect to both base metals. The minimum ductility occurred in the HAZ of SA508 Gr.1a at both test temperatures. The plastic instability stress also varied considerably across the weld joints, with minimum values occurring in the SA508 Gr.1a base metal at RT and in the HAZ of F316 SS at 320 deg. C. The transmission electron micrographs showed that the strengthening in the HAZ of F316 SS was attributed to the strain hardening, induced by a strain mismatch between the weldment and the base metal, which was evidenced by high dislocation density in the HAZ of F316 SS.

  1. The Effect of Welding Residual Stress for Making Artificial Stress Corrosion Crack in the STS 304 Pipe

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    Jae-Seong Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The stress corrosion crack is one of the fracture phenomena for the major structure components in nuclear power plant. During the operation of a power plant, stress corrosion cracks are initiated and grown especially in dissimilar weldment of primary loop components. In particular, stress corrosion crack usually occurs when the following three factors exist at the same time: susceptible material, corrosive environment, and tensile stress (residual stress included. Thus, residual stress becomes a critical factor for stress corrosion crack when it is difficult to improve the material corrosivity of the components and their environment under operating conditions. In this study, stress corrosion cracks were artificially produced on STS 304 pipe itself by control of welding residual stress. We used the instrumented indentation technique and 3D FEM analysis (using ANSYS 12 to evaluate the residual stress values in the GTAW area. We used the custom-made device for fabricating the stress corrosion crack in the inner STS 304 pipe wall. As the result of both FEM analysis and experiment, the stress corrosion crack was quickly generated and could be reproduced, and it could be controlled by welding residual stress.

  2. Hybrid Laser-Arc Welding of 10-mm-Thick Cast Martensitic Stainless Steel CA6NM: As-Welded Microstructure and Mechanical Properties

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    Mirakhorli, Fatemeh; Cao, Xinjin; Pham, Xuan-Tan; Wanjara, Priti; Fihey, Jean-Luc

    2016-07-01

    Cast CA6NM martensitic stainless steel plates, 10 mm in thickness, were welded using hybrid laser-arc welding. The effect of different welding speeds on the as-welded joint integrity was characterized in terms of the weld bead geometry, defects, microstructure, hardness, ultimate tensile strength, and impact energy. Significant defects such as porosity, root humping, underfill, and excessive penetration were observed at a low welding speed (0.5 m/min). However, the underfill depth and excessive penetration in the joints manufactured at welding speeds above 0.75 m/min met the specifications of ISO 12932. Characterization of the as-welded microstructure revealed untempered martensite and residual delta ferrite dispersed at prior-austenite grain boundaries in the fusion zone. In addition, four different heat-affected zones in the weldments were differentiated through hardness mapping and inference from the Fe-Cr-Ni ternary phase diagram. The tensile fracture occurred in the base metal for all the samples and fractographic analysis showed that the crack path is within the martensite matrix, along primary delta ferrite-martensite interfaces and within the primary delta ferrite. Additionally, Charpy impact testing demonstrated slightly higher fracture energy values and deeper dimples on the fracture surface of the welds manufactured at higher welding speeds due to grain refinement and/or lower porosity.

  3. Friction Stir Welding for Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites (MMC's) (Center Director's Discretionary Fund, Project No. 98-09)

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    Lee, J. A.; Carter, R. W.; Ding, J.

    1999-01-01

    This technical memorandum describes an investigation of using friction stir welding (FSW) process for joining a variety of aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC's) reinforced with discontinuous silicon-carbide (SiC) particulate and functional gradient materials. Preliminary results show that FSW is feasible to weld aluminum MMC to MMC or to aluminum-lithium 2195 if the SiC reinforcement is <25 percent by volume fraction. However, a softening in the heat-affected zone was observed and is known to be one of the major limiting factors for joint strength. The pin tool's material is made from a low-cost steel tool H-13 material, and the pin tool's wear was excessive such that the pin tool length has to be manually adjusted for every 5 ft of weldment. Initially, boron-carbide coating was developed for pin tools, but it did not show a significant improvement in wear resistance. Basically, FSW is applicable mainly for butt joining of flat plates. Therefore, FSW of cylindrical articles such as a flange to a duct with practical diameters ranging from 2-5 in. must be fully demonstrated and compared with other proven MMC joining techniques for cylindrical articles.

  4. Thermal Aging Effect on Corrosion Resistance in Fusion Boundary of A533 Gr. B and Alloy 152

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    Choi, Kyoung Joon; Yoo, Seung Chang; Kim, Taeho; Ham, Junhyuk; Kim, Ji Hyun [UNIST, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Dissimilar metal weldment (DMW) is frequently used for joining low-alloy steel pressure vessel nozzles and steam generator nozzles to nickel-based wrought alloy or austenitic stainless steel components in high energy systems. This feature also significantly hinders C diffusion from the ferrite base metal to the weld metal. Until now, stress corrosion cracking has not occurred in DMWs where a High-Cr weld metal (such as Alloy 152 or Alloy 690), which is Ni-base weld metal including relative high Cr, is used as the weld metal in the weld between the nickel-based alloy and low-alloy steel. To understand the microstructure and corrosion evolution on fusion boundary between low-alloy steel and Ni-base weld metal, microstructural analysis and polarization test were performed with A533 Gr. B/Alloy 152/Alloy 690. Remarkable changes were observed in corrosion resistance and hardness at fusion boundary between low-alloy steel and Ni-base weld metal. The precipitate, which has different potential with peripheral region, can cause galvanic corrosion or pitting corrosion and is the one of hardening methods by disturbing movement of the dislocation. At initial step of heat treatment, the number of precipitates was increased. In fusion boundary between A533 Gr. B and Alloy 152, the corrosion resistance was decreased, and the hardness was increased. Next, at further step, the number of precipitates.

  5. Fast and low-dose computed laminography using compressive sensing based technique

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    Abbas, Sajid, E-mail: scho@kaist.ac.kr; Park, Miran, E-mail: scho@kaist.ac.kr; Cho, Seungryong, E-mail: scho@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-31

    Computed laminography (CL) is well known for inspecting microstructures in the materials, weldments and soldering defects in high density packed components or multilayer printed circuit boards. The overload problem on x-ray tube and gross failure of the radio-sensitive electronics devices during a scan are among important issues in CL which needs to be addressed. The sparse-view CL can be one of the viable option to overcome such issues. In this work a numerical aluminum welding phantom was simulated to collect sparsely sampled projection data at only 40 views using a conventional CL scanning scheme i.e. oblique scan. A compressive-sensing inspired total-variation (TV) minimization algorithm was utilized to reconstruct the images. It is found that the images reconstructed using sparse view data are visually comparable with the images reconstructed using full scan data set i.e. at 360 views on regular interval. We have quantitatively confirmed that tiny structures such as copper and tungsten slags, and copper flakes in the reconstructed images from sparsely sampled data are comparable with the corresponding structure present in the fully sampled data case. A blurring effect can be seen near the edges of few pores at the bottom of the reconstructed images from sparsely sampled data, despite the overall image quality is reasonable for fast and low-dose NDT.

  6. Developing an Innovative Field Expedient Fracture Toughness Testing Protocol for Concrete Materials

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    Wang, Jy-An John [ORNL; Liu, Ken C [ORNL; Naus, Dan J [ORNL

    2008-09-01

    The Spiral Notch Torsion Fracture Toughness Test (SNTT) was developed recently to determine the intrinsic fracture toughness (KIC) of structural materials. The SNTT system operates by applying pure torsion to uniform cylindrical specimens with a notch line that spirals around the specimen at a 45 pitch. KIC values are obtained with the aid of a three-dimensional finite-element computer code, TOR3D-KIC. The SNTT method is uniquely suitable for testing a wide variety of materials used extensively in pressure vessel and piping structural components and weldments. Application of the method to metallic, ceramic, and graphite materials has been demonstrated. One important characteristic of SNTT is that neither a fatigue precrack or a deep notch are required for the evaluation of brittle materials, which significantly reduces the sample size requirement. In this paper we report results for a Portland cement-based mortar to demonstrate applicability of the SNTT method to cementitious materials. The estimated KIC of the tested mortar samples with compressive strength of 34.45 MPa was found to be 0.19 MPa m.

  7. Finite Element Simulation of Residual Stresses in Butt Welding of Two AISI 304 Stainless Steel Plates

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    Gurinder Singh Brar

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Welding is one of the most reliable and efficient permanent metal joining processes in the industry. When two plates are joined by welding, a very complex thermal cycle is applied to the weldment. Thermal energy applied results in irreversible elastic-plastic deformation and consequently gives rise to the residual stresses in and around fusion zone and heat affected zone (HAZ. It is well established fact that structural integrity of components is substantially affected by the residual stresses when subjected to thermal and structural loads. Presence of residual stresses may be beneficial or harmful for the structural components depending on the nature and magnitude of residual stresses. Using finite element based commercially available software, coupled thermal-mechanical three dimensional finite element model was developed by making an approximate geometry of the butt welded joint. Finite element analysis was performed to understand the complete nature of residual stresses in manual metal arc welded joint of AISI 304 stainless steel plate. Variation of residual stress in the plates in the heat affected zone was also being studied. The results obtained by finite element method agree well with those from X-ray diffraction method as published in literature for the prediction of residual stresses.

  8. Metallurgical and mechanical properties of laser welded high strength low alloy steel.

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    Oyyaravelu, Ramachandran; Kuppan, Palaniyandi; Arivazhagan, Natarajan

    2016-05-01

    The study aimed at investigating the microstructure and mechanical properties of Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser welded high strength low alloy (HSLA) SA516 grade 70 boiler steel. The weld joint for a 4 mm thick plate was successfully produced using minimum laser power of 2 kW by employing a single pass without any weld preheat treatment. The micrographs revealed the presence of martensite phase in the weld fusion zone which could be due to faster cooling rate of the laser weldment. A good correlation was found between the microstructural features of the weld joints and their mechanical properties. The highest hardness was found to be in the fusion zone of cap region due to formation of martensite and also enrichment of carbon. The hardness results also showed a narrow soft zone at the heat affected zone (HAZ) adjacent to the weld interface, which has no effect on the weld tensile strength. The yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of the welded joints were 338 MPa and 549 MPa, respectively, which were higher than the candidate metal. These tensile results suggested that the laser welding process had improved the weld strength even without any weld preheat treatment and also the fractography of the tensile fractured samples showed the ductile mode of failure.

  9. Modeling corrosion behavior of gas tungsten arc welded titanium alloy

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    2007-01-01

    The pitting corrosion characteristics of pulse TIG welded Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy in marine environment were explained.Besides the rapid advance of titanium metallurgy, this is also due to the successful solution of problems associated with the development of titanium alloy welding. The preferred welding process of titanium alloy is frequently gas tungsten arc(GTA) welding due to its comparatively easier applicability and better economy. In the case of single pass GTA welding of thinner section of this alloy, the pulsed current has been found beneficial due to its advantages over the conventional continuous current process. The benefit of the process is utilized to obtain better quality titanium weldments. Four factors, five levels, central composite, rotatable design matrix are used to optimize the required number of experiments. The mathematical models have been developed by response surface method(RSM). The results reveal that the titanium alloy can form a protective scale in marine environment and is resistant to pitting corrosion. Experimental results are provided to illustrate the proposed approach.

  10. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Butt Joint in High Density Polyethylene Pipe

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    Pashupati Pokharel

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and mechanical properties of the butt joint in high density polyethylene (HDPE pipes were evaluated by preparing the joints with increasing the cooling time from 10 s to 70 s before pressure created for fusion of the pipes. Here, cold fusion flaws in HDPE butt joint were created with increasing the cooling time around 70 s caused by the close molecular contact followed by insufficient interdiffusion of chain segments back and forth across the wetted interface. The tensile failure mechanism of the welded pipes at different fusion time was projected based on the tensile test of dog-bone shaped, fully notched bar type as well as round U-notched specimens. The mechanical properties of the joints at different fusion time were correlated with the corresponding fracture surface morphology. The weld seam as well as tensile fracture surfaces were etched using strong oxidizing agents. The crystallinity of surface etched weld zone by potassium permanganate based etchant was found higher than unetched sample due to the higher susceptibility of amorphous phase of polyethylene with oxidizing agent. The U-notched tensile test of butt welded HDPE pipe and surface etching of the weldments provided clear delineation about the joint quality.

  11. Development of electromagnetic welding facility of flat plates for nuclear industry

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Sahoo, Subhanarayan; Sarkar, Biswanath; Shyam, Anurag

    2017-04-01

    Electromagnetic pulse welding (EMPW) process, one of high speed welding process uses electromagnetic force from discharged current through working coil, which develops a repulsive force between the induced current flowing parallel and in opposite direction. For achieving the successful weldment using this process the design of working coil is the most important factor due to high magnetic field on surface of work piece. In case of high quality flat plate welding factors such as impact velocity, angle of impact standoff distance, thickness of flyer and overlap length have to be chosen carefully. EMPW has wide applications in nuclear industry, automotive industry, aerospace, electrical industries. However formability and weldability still remain major issues. Due to ease in controlling the magnetic field enveloped inside tubes, the EMPW has been widely used for tube welding. In case of flat components control of magnetic field is difficult. Hence the application of EMPW gets restricted. The present work attempts to make a novel contribution by investigating the effect of process parameters on welding quality of flat plates. The work emphasizes the approaches and engineering calculations required to effectively use of actuator in EMPW of flat components.

  12. A Comparative Study of Material Flow Behavior in Friction Stir Welding Using Laminar and Turbulent Models

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    Kadian, Arun Kumar; Biswas, Pankaj

    2015-10-01

    Friction stir welding has been quite successful in joining aluminum alloy which has gained importance in almost all industrial sectors over the past two decades. It is a newer technique and therefore needs more attention in many sectors, flow of material being one among them. The material flow pattern actually helps in deciding the parameters required for particular tool geometry. The knowledge of material flow is very significant in removing defects from the weldment. In the work presented in this paper, the flow behavior of AA6061 under a threaded tool has been studied. The convective heat loss has been considered from all the surfaces, and a comparative study has been made with and without the use of temperature-dependent properties and their significance in the finite volume method model. The two types of models that have been implemented are turbulent and laminar models. Their thermal histories have been studied for all the cases. The material flow velocity has been analyzed to predict the flow of material. A swirl inside the weld material has been observed in all the simulations.

  13. Residual Stresses and Tensile Properties of Friction Stir Welded AZ31B-H24 Magnesium Alloy in Lap Configuration

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    Naik, Bhukya Srinivasa; Cao, Xinjin; Wanjara, Priti; Friedman, Jacob; Chen, Daolun

    2015-08-01

    AZ31B-H24 Mg alloy sheets with a thickness of 2 mm were friction stir welded in lap configuration using two tool rotational rates of 1000 and 1500 rpm and two welding speeds of 10 and 20 mm/s. The residual stresses in the longitudinal and transverse directions of the weldments were determined using X-ray diffraction. The shear tensile behavior of the lap joints was evaluated at low [233 K (-40 °C)], room [298 K (25 °C)], and elevated [453 K (180 °C)] temperatures. The failure load was highest for the lower heat input condition that was obtained at a tool rotational rate of 1000 rpm and a welding speed of 20 mm/s for all the test temperatures, due to the smaller hooking height, larger effective sheet thickness, and lower tensile residual stresses, as compared to the other two welding conditions that were conducted at a higher tool rotational rate or lower welding speed. The lap joints usually fractured on the advancing side of the top sheet near the interface between the thermo-mechanically affected zone and the stir zone. Elevated temperature testing of the weld assembled at a tool rotational rate of 1000 rpm and a welding speed of 20 mm/s led to the failure along the sheet interface in shear fracture mode due to the high integrity of the joint that exhibited large plastic deformation and higher total energy absorption.

  14. Final Report: Characterization of Canister Mockup Weld Residual Stresses

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    Enos, David [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bryan, Charles R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2016-12-01

    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of interim storage containers has been indicated as a high priority data gap by the Department of Energy (DOE) (Hanson et al., 2012), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, 2011), the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB, 2010a), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, 2012a, 2012b). Uncertainties exist in terms of the environmental conditions that prevail on the surface of the storage containers, the stress state within the container walls associated both with weldments as well as within the base metal itself, and the electrochemical properties of the storage containers themselves. The goal of the work described in this document is to determine the stress states that exists at various locations within a typical storage canister by evaluating the properties of a full-diameter cylindrical mockup of an interim storage canister. This mockup has been produced using the same manufacturing procedures as the majority of the fielded spent nuclear fuel interim storage canisters. This document describes the design and procurement of the mockup and the characterization of the stress state associated with various portions of the container. It also describes the cutting of the mockup into sections for further analyses, and a discussion of the potential impact of the results from the stress characterization effort.

  15. Fatigue and Oxidation Property of P92 Steel according to the Microstructure

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    Bae, Si Yeon [KEPCO Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    The fatigue strength and fatigue life of weldment at high temperature are important for high temperature component materials used in power plants. Mechanical components and structures are frequently fractured by fatigue at high temperature.1{approx}2 It is well known that the fatigue crack growth rate is accelerated by oxidation and the high temperature fatigue life is also influenced by oxidation. Particularly, the welded joints suffer from Type IV cracking, which initiates fracture at the fine grain heat affected zone (FGHAZ) under the fatigue or creep load conditions at high temperature. Generally, HAZ in welded joints is weak part with low toughness, and serves as frequent crack initiating sites.3{approx}5 Hence, the welded joints require careful examination. In this study, the fatigue crack growth rate in low {Delta}K range were measured and the effect of oxidation on fatigue crack growth behavior were investigated for P92 steels that are W-strengthened high-Cr ferritic steels used as main stream pipe materials in power plants

  16. Development of life evaluation technology for nuclear power plant components

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    Song, Sung Jin; Kim, Young Hwan; Shin, Hyun Jae [Sungkwunkwan Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Hyang Beom [Soongsil Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Young Kil [Kunsan National Univ., Gunsan (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Hyun Jo [Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Ik Keun; Park, Eun Soo [Seoul National University of Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-03-15

    Retaining reliabilities of nondestructive testing is essential for the life-time maintenance of nuclear power plant. In order to Improve reliabilities of ultrasonic testing and eddy current testing, the following five subjects were carried out in this study: development of BEM analysis technique for ECT of SG tube, development of neural network technique for the intelligent analysis of ECT flaw signals of SG tubes, development of RFECT technology for the inspection of SG tube, FEM analysis of ultrasonic scattering field and evaluation of statistical reliability of PD-RR test of ultrasonic testing. As results, BEM analysis of eddy current signal, intelligent analysis of eddy current signal using neural network, and FEM analysis of remote field eddy current testing have been developed for the inspection of SG tubes. FEM analysis of ultrasonic waves in 2-dimensional media and evaluation of statistical reliability of ultrasonic testing with PD-RR test also have been carried out for the inspection of weldments. Those results can be used to Improve reliability of nondestructive testing.

  17. Advanced Gas Cooled Nuclear Reactor Materials Evaluation and Development program. Progress report, October 1, 1981-December 31, 1981. [Alloy-MA-956; alloy-MA-754

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    Kimball, O.F.

    1982-06-15

    Work covered in this report includes the activities associated with the status of the simulated reactor helium supply systems and testing equipment. The progress in the screening test program is descibed; this includes: screening creep results and metallographic analysis for materials thermally exposed or tested at 750/sup 0/, 850/sup 0/, 950/sup 0/ and 1050/sup 0/C (1382/sup 0/, 1562/sup 0/, 1742/sup 0/, and 1922/sup 0/F) in controlled-purity helium. The status of creep-rupture in controlled-purity helium and air and fatigue testing in the controlled-purity helium in the intensive screening test program is discussed. The results of metallographic studies of screening alloys exposed in controlled-purity helium for 3000 hours at 750/sup 0/C and 5500 hours at 950/sup 0/C, 3000 hours at 1050/sup 0/C and 6000 hours at 1050/sup 0/C and for weldments exposed in controlled-purity helium for 6000 hours at 750/sup 0/C and 6000 hours at 1050/sup 0/C are presented and discussed.

  18. Recommendations for J and CTOD testing of strength mismatched. GKSS and EDF view

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    Kocak, M.; Kim, Y.J.; Hornet, P

    1998-03-01

    Recommendations for toughness testing and evaluation procedures for weldments are given in this paper. For testing aspects, two testing methods are outlined, micro-flat tensile tests and the {delta}{sub 5} testing technique. The micro-flat tensile tests are extremely useful to measure tensile properties for the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) of multipass welds and very thin weld regions such as laser beam or electron beam and it is rather universal. It can be applied to any type of test pieces as well as to structural components with surface breaking cracks. These two test methods can provide efficient tools for tensile and fracture testing of metallic materials joined by fusion welding technology including high power beam welding processes. For toughness evaluation aspects, the J estimation procedures for mismatched specimens are reviewed, including a summary of a new proposal for best estimates of the mismatch on the J integral. The new procedure covers not only weld metal cracks but also HAZ cracks. Finally some recommendations are given for further development. (author) 29 refs.

  19. Ultrasonic processing of materials

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    Han, Q.; Sklad, P.S. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2007-07-01

    In some widely used alloys, dissolved gas precipitates form from liquids during solidification and form pores among solid dendrites and grains. The pores can lead to defects in aluminum shape casting. Research has suggested that ultrasonic vibrations have the potential to reduce the impurities present in traditional degassing methods. This paper summarized the results of several projects investigating the use of high intensity ultrasonic vibrations for material processing. The mechanisms of grain refining using high-intensity ultrasonic vibration were also investigated. High intensity ultrasonic vibrations were tested for the degassing of molten aluminum, grain refinement of alloys for industrial applications, and the modification of welding structures. Results of the studies to date have demonstrated that power ultrasound can be used to degas molten metal as well as for the grain refinement of alloys during solidification processes. Tests have demonstrated that the best grain refining effect was achieved when ultrasonic vibrations were introduced in the molten alloy at approximately 10 degrees C higher than the liquid temperature. The process is also suitable for improving the microstructure of steel weldments, as the process can modify the size and morphology of the primary phase and the secondary phases during the solidification of the alloy. Small and spherical grains in the size range of 30 {delta}m were obtained in aluminum A356 alloys. It was concluded that the benefits of ultrasonic vibrations on the alloy process were more pronounced in smaller specimens. 13 refs., 10 figs.

  20. Metodologia para parametrizar e avaliar a técnica da ''burn-zinc'' no processo de soldagem a ponto por resistência Methodology for parameterize and assessment of the burn-zinc technique in the resistance spot welding process

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    Vinicius Castanheira do Nascimento

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Para minimizar os efeitos prejudiciais do zinco na soldagem a ponto por resistência de chapas galvanizadas, utiliza-se uma técnica tradicionalmente denominada ''Burn-Zinc'' (queima do zinco. Porém, existem poucas informações e estudos disponíveis na literatura sobre quando e como utilizá-la. O presente estudo teve a finalidade de avaliar a técnica de ''burn-zinc'', procurando entender melhor o fenômeno. Para tal, foi criada uma metodologia para determinação dos parâmetros ideais para cada combinação de chapa. Uma avaliação desta metodologia foi feita com uma série de soldagens com variações sistemáticas da corrente e pressão em níveis compatíveis para se obter a queima do Zn. Visualização das soldagens através de filmagem em alta velocidade, com sincronização dos sinais elétricos, foi empregada para entender os resultados. Uma vez definidos os parâmetros, soldagens foram realizadas com ou sem a aplicação da técnica. Os procedimentos experimentais propostos mostraram ser eficientes para a verificação e parametrização da técnica ''burn-zinc''. Mas houve evidências que a utilização da técnica nem sempre vai ocasionar redução no tempo total de operação.For minimizing the detrimental effects of zinc during resistance spot welding of galvanized sheets, a technique denominated Burn-Zinc is usually employed. However, there is no much information and studies available in the current literature about when and how to use this technique. The present work had the objective of assessing and understanding better this technique. For that, a methodology for determination of ideal burn-zing parameters as a function of the sheets was proposed. The evaluation of this methodology was carried out by a series of weldments, by systematically varying current and pressure at compatible levels for zinc burning. High speed filming, synchronized with the electrical signals, was employing for visualizing and results analyses

  1. Avaliação de processos MIG/MAG curto-circuito convencional e controlado para a soldagem de dutos de aço carbono em passe único Assessment of conventional and controlled short-circuit MIG/MAG processes for steel-pipe welding in single pass

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    Thonson Ferreira Costa

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O desenvolvimento de fontes de soldagem com processos derivativos MIG/MAG com transferência por curto-circuito, também conhecidos como curto-circuito controlado, tem-se tornado uma tendência na busca de soldas de qualidade e produtividade, principalmente na união de dutos, pois acredita-se que, o controle da corrente permite melhorar a transferência metálica, proporcionando estabilidade ao processo de soldagem e a poça de fusão. Neste contexto, o objetivo deste trabalho é determinar envelope operacional e estabelecer vantagens e limitações operacionais dos processos MIG/MAG com transferência por curto-circuito convencional e derivativos (STT - SurfaceTensionTransfer, RMD - Regulated Metal Deposition e CMT - Cold Metal Transfer, para a união de dutos de aço carbono com diâmetro nominal de 2 ½"e parede fina com passe único, nas progressões ascendente e descendente. Para tal, optou-se por variar os parâmetros de regulagem de cada processo e a velocidade de alimentação do arame, além das técnicas de soldagem, procurando manter a mesma quantidade de material depositado por comprimento de solda. Os resultados encontrados mostraram que o curto-circuito convencional apresentou um envelope operacional constante para a progressão ascendente e para a descendente quanto ao número de ensaios. Ao passo que, o STT e o RMD apresentaram um maior envelope operacional na progressão descendente. Por outro lado, o CMT, com envelope operacional maior na ascendente, trabalha com valores de tensão de soldagem muito mais baixos, o que justifica o baixo aporte térmico do processo.The development of power sources towards the MIG/MAG derivative processes with short-circuit metal transfer (also known as controlled short-circuit has become a trend in the search for high productivity and high quality weldments, especially in pipe welding. It is believed that the control of current achieved in such processes improves the metal transfer, reaching

  2. A Comparative Study of Simplified SIF Calculations of Surface Cracks at Weld Toe%焊趾表面裂纹应力强度因子简化计算的比较研究

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    韩芸; 黄小平; 张毅; 崔维成

    2005-01-01

    对接、T型接头与十字接头是船舶与海洋结构的典型结构形式,其大部分疲劳失效是由于焊趾引起的.各种表面裂纹的应力强度因子计算是船舶与海洋结构基于断裂力学安全评定和疲劳寿命预测的基础.Bowness等人提出了T型接头焊趾表面裂纹应力强度因子计算式,作者对其复杂的计算式进行了简化.BS7910针对对接、T型接头与十字接头提出了两套焊趾应力强度因子表达式,一是针对二维表面裂纹提出的,一是针对三维表面裂纹提出的.本文对作者给出的简化表达式以及BS7910的两套表达式进行了比较.结果表明作者给出的简化表达式不仅可以用来计算T型接头的焊趾表面裂纹应力强度因子,而且可以用来计算对接与十字接头焊趾表面裂纹的应力强度因子.同时发现在a/T<0.05处三者的差别比较大,因此用有限元法进行了验证,结果证明作者给出的简化表达式比其他表达式更加合理.%Butt,T-butt and cruciform weldments are typical joints in ship and ocean structures. Most of the fatigue failure can be traced to the weld toe. Fatigue and fracture assessments are based on the calculation methods of stress intensity factors (SIF) of various surface cracked joints. Bowness and his co-workers have provided the weld magnification factor formulas for semi-elliptical cracks in T-butt weldment.Their complex formulas were simplified by the authors. BS7910 provided two sets of weld toe magnification factors equations for butt, T-butt and cruciform joints. One is for 2D surface crack and the other is for 3D surface crack. In this paper,a comparative study of the authors' simplified equations with the two sets of equations was carried out.The results show that the simplified equations can be used to calculate the weld magnification factor not only for the T-butt joint but also for the butt, cruciform joints. Significant difference appears at a/T<0.05,validation was

  3. Nondestructive and Destructive Examination Studies on Removed-from-Service Control Rod Drive Mechanism Penetrations

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    Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Crawford, Susan L.; Doctor, Steven R.; Seffens, Rob J.; Schuster, George J.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.; Harris, Robert V.; Bruemmer, Stephen M.

    2007-06-07

    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, focused on assessing the effectiveness of nondestructive examination (NDE) techniques for inspecting control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) nozzles and J-groove weldments. The primary objectives of this work are to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the effectiveness of NDE methods as related to the in-service inspection of CRDM nozzles and J-groove weldments and to enhance the knowledge base of primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) through destructive characterization of the CRDM assemblies. Two CRDM assemblies were removed from service, decontaminated, and then used in a series of NDE and destructive examination (DE) measurements; this report addresses the following questions: 1) What did each NDE technique detect? 2) What did each NDE technique miss? 3) How accurately did each NDE technique characterize the detected flaws? 4) Why did the NDE techniques perform or not perform? Two CRDM assemblies including the CRDM nozzle, the J-groove weld, buttering, and a portion of the ferritic head material were selected for this study. This report focuses on a CRDM assembly that contained suspected PWSCC, based on in-service inspection data and through-wall leakage. The NDE measurements used to examine the CRDM assembly followed standard industry techniques for conducting in-service inspections of CRDM nozzles and the crown of the J-groove welds and buttering. These techniques included eddy current testing (ET), time-of-flight diffraction ultrasound, and penetrant testing. In addition, laboratory-based NDE methods were employed to conduct inspections of the CRDM assembly with particular emphasis on inspecting the J-groove weld and buttering. These techniques included volumetric ultrasonic inspection of the J-groove weld metal and visual testing via replicant material of the J-groove weld. The results from these NDE studies were used to

  4. Stress Engineering of Multi-pass Welds of Structural Steel to Enhance Structural Integrity

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    Ganguly, Supriyo; Sule, Jibrin; Yakubu, Mustapha Y.

    2016-08-01

    In multi-pass welding, the weld metal and the associated heat-affected zone are subjected to repeated thermal cycling from successive deposition of filler metals. The thermal straining results into multi-mode deformation of the weld metal which causes a variably distributed residual stress field through the thickness and across the weld of a multi-pass weldment. In addition to this, the as-welded fusion zone microstructure shows dendritic formation of grains and segregation of alloying element. This may result in formation of micro-corrosion cells and the problem would aggravate in case of highly alloyed materials. Local mechanical tensioning is an effective way of elimination of the weld tensile residual stress. It has been shown that application of cold rolling is capable not only of removing the residual stress, but depending on its magnitude it may also form beneficial compressive stress state. Multi-pass structural steel welds used as structural alloy in general engineering and structural applications. Such alloys are subjected to severe in-service degradation mechanisms e.g., corrosion and stress corrosion cracking. Welds and the locked-in residual stress in the welded area often initiate the defect which finally results in failure. In the present study, a multi-pass structural steel weld metal was first subjected to post-weld cold rolling which was followed by controlled heating by a fiber laser. Cold straining resulted in redistribution of the internal stress through the thickness and controlled laser processing helps in reforming of the grain structure. However, even with controlled laser, processing the residual stress is reinstated. Therefore, a strategy has been adopted to roll the metal post-laser processing so as to obtain a complete stress-free and recrystallized microstructure.

  5. Design and Fabrication Technique of the Key Components for Very High Temperature Reactor

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    Lee, Ho Jin; Song, Ki Nam; Kim, Yong Wan

    2006-12-15

    The gas outlet temperature of Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) may be beyond the capability of conventional metallic materials. The requirement of the gas outlet temperature of 950 .deg. C will result in operating temperatures for metallic core components that will approach very high temperature on some cases. The materials that are capable of withstanding this temperature should be prepared, or nonmetallic materials will be required for limited components. The Ni-base alloys such as Alloy 617, Hastelloy X, XR, Incoloy 800H, and Haynes 230 are being investigated to apply them on components operated in high temperature. Currently available national and international codes and procedures are needed reviewed to design the components for HTGR/VHTR. Seven codes and procedures, including five ASME Codes and Code cases, one French code (RCC-MR), and on British Procedure (R5) were reviewed. The scope of the code and code cases needs to be expanded to include the materials with allowable temperatures of 950 .deg. C and higher. The selection of compact heat exchangers technology depends on the operating conditions such as pressure, flow rates, temperature, but also on other parameters such as fouling, corrosion, compactness, weight, maintenance and reliability. Welding, brazing, and diffusion bonding are considered proper joining processes for the heat exchanger operating in the high temperature and high pressure conditions without leakage. Because VHTRs require high temperature operations, various controlled materials, thick vessels, dissimilar metal joints, and precise controls of microstructure in weldment, the more advanced joining processes are needed than PWRs. The improved solid joining techniques are considered for the IHX fabrication. The weldability for Alloy 617 and Haynes 230 using GTAW and SMAW processes was investigated by CEA.

  6. Effect of different stages of tensile deformation on micromagnetic parameters in high-strength, low-alloy steel

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    Vaidyanathan, S.; Moorthy, V.; Kalyanasundaram, P.; Jayakumar, T.; Raj, B. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Metallurgy and Materials Group

    1999-08-01

    The influence of tensile deformation on the magnetic Barkhausen emissions (MBE) and hysteresis loop has been studied in a high-strength, low-alloy steel (HSLA) and its weldment. The magnetic measurements were made both in loaded and unloaded conditions for different stress levels. The root-mean-square (RMS) voltage of the MBE has been used for analysis. This study shows that the preyield and postyield deformation can be identified from the change in the MBE profile. The initial elastic deformation showed a linear increase in the MBE level in the loaded condition, and the MBE level remained constant in the unloaded condition. The microplastic yielding, well below the macroyield stress, significantly reduces the MBE, indicating the operation of grain-boundary dislocation sources below the macroyield stress. This is indicated by the slow increase in the MBE level in the loaded condition and the decrease in the MBE level in the unloaded condition. The macroyielding resulted in a significant increase in the MBE level in the loaded condition and, more clearly, in the unloaded condition. The increase in the MBE level during macroyielding has been attributed to the grain rotation phenomenon, in order to maintain the boundary integrity between adjacent grains, which would preferentially align the magnetic domains along the stress direction. This study shows that MBE during tensile deformation can be classified into four stages: (1) perfectly elastic, (2) microplastic yielding, (3) macroyielding, and (4) progressive plastic deformation. A multimagnetic parameter approach, combining the hysteresis loop and MBE, has been suggested to evaluate the residual stresses.

  7. Report on the completion of the procurement of the first heat of Alloy 709

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    Natesan, K.; Zhang, X.; Sham, T.-L.; Wang, H.; Wang, H.

    2017-01-01

    This report provides details on the completion of the procurement of the first commercial-sized heat of Alloy 709. The report is a Level 3 deliverable in FY17 (M3AT- 17OR1602053), under the Work Package AT-17OR160205, “Advanced Alloy Development” performed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as part of Advanced Structural Materials Program for the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART). This work project supports the fabrication scale up effort for Alloy 709 that was started in FY16. The effort culminated in the placement of a Purchase Order in August 2016 with a commercial vendor to melt an Alloy 709 heat using industrial melt practice. Four ingots, totaling about 45,000 lb, had been bottom-poured from the melt in September 2016. Two of the ingots were hot rolled into 1.2”x60”x155” and 1.1”x60”x100” plates using standard hot rolling process in FY17. Some small test pieces were cut from the asrolled plates and sent to Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) for archival. The plates were then heat treated and surface pickled by the vendor. The plates were subsequently delivered to ANL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Properties and microstructure screening were performed on these plates upon delivery in February 2017 at ANL. Several samples were cut from the as-rolled and heattreated plates and were analyzed for their microstructures, hardness values, grain sizes, and room temperature tensile properties. The results indicate that the scaled-up heat of Alloy 709 fabricated using commercial practice exhibit tensile properties that exceed the minimum values specified in the ASME Code Case for commercial heat of NF709. These plates will be used to support base metal testing for the 650°C, 100,000-h Alloy 709 Code Case development, for fabrication of weldments, and for the NEUP projects.

  8. Effect of Repair Welding on Electrochemical Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of TIG Welded AA2219 Aluminum Alloy in 3.5 Wt Pct NaCl Solution

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    Venugopal, A.; Sreekumar, K.; Raja, V. S.

    2010-12-01

    The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of AA2219 aluminum alloy in the as-welded (AW) and repair-welded (RW) conditions was examined and compared with that of the base metal (BM) in 3.5 wt pct NaCl solution using the slow strain rate technique (SSRT). The reduction in ductility was used as a parameter to evaluate the SCC susceptibility of both BM and welded joints. The results show that the ductility ratio ( ɛ NaCl/( ɛ air)) of the BM was close to one (0.97) and reduced to 0.9 for the AW joint. This value further reduced to 0.77 after carrying out one repair welding operation. However, the RW specimen exhibited higher ductility than the single-weld specimens even in 3.5 wt pct NaCl solution. SSRT results obtained using pre-exposed samples followed by post-test metallographic observations clearly showed localized pitting corrosion along the partially melted zone (PMZ), signifying that the reduction in ductility ratio of both the AW and RW joints was more due to mechanical overload failure, caused by the localized corrosion and a consequent reduction in specimen thickness, than due to SCC. Also, the RW joint exhibited higher ductility than the AW joint both in air and the environment, although SCC index (SI) for the former is lower than that of the latter. Fractographic examination of the failed samples, in general, revealed a typical ductile cracking morphology for all the base and welded joints, indicating the good environmental cracking resistance of this alloy. Microstructural examination and polarization tests further demonstrate grain boundary melting along the PMZ, and that provided the necessary electrochemical condition for the preferential cracking on that zone of the weldment.

  9. The corrosion and corrosion mechanical properties evaluation for the LBB concept in VVERs

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    Ruscak, M.; Chvatal, P.; Karnik, D.

    1997-04-01

    One of the conditions required for Leak Before Break application is the verification that the influence of corrosion environment on the material of the component can be neglected. Both the general corrosion and/or the initiation and, growth of corrosion-mechanical cracks must not cause the degradation. The primary piping in the VVER nuclear power plant is made from austenitic steels (VVER 440) and low alloy steels protected with the austenitic cladding (VVER 1000). Inspection of the base metal and heterogeneous weldments from the VVER 440 showed that the crack growth rates are below 10 m/s if a low oxygen level is kept in the primary environment. No intergranular cracking was observed in low and high oxygen water after any type of testing, with constant or periodic loading. In the framework of the LBB assessment of the VVER 1000, the corrosion and corrosion mechanical properties were also evaluated. The corrosion and corrosion mechanical testing was oriented predominantly to three types of tests: stress corrosion cracking tests corrosion fatigue tests evaluation of the resistance against corrosion damage. In this paper, the methods used for these tests are described and the materials are compared from the point of view of response on static and periodic mechanical stress on the low alloyed steel 10GN2WA and weld metal exposed in the primary circuit environment. The slow strain rate tests and static loading of both C-rings and CT specimens were performed in order to assess the stress corrosion cracking characteristics. Cyclic loading of CT specimens was done to evaluate the kinetics of the crack growth under periodical loading. Results are shown to illustrate the approaches used. The data obtained were evaluated also from the point of view of comparison of the influence of different structure on the stress corrosion cracking appearance. The results obtained for the base metal and weld metal of the piping are presented here.

  10. GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) process development for girth welding of high strength pipelines

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    Rajan, Vaidyanath; Daniel, Joe; Quintana, Marie [The Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, OH (United States); Chen, Yaoshan [Center for Reliable Energy Systems (CRES), Dublin, OH (United States); Souza, Antonio [Lincoln Electric do Brasil, Guarulhos, SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    This paper highlights some of the results and findings from the first phase of a consolidated program co-funded by US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Pipeline Research Council Inc (PRCI) to develop pipe weld assessment and qualification methods and optimize X 100 pipe welding technologies. One objective of the program is to establish the range of viable welding options for X 100 line pipe, and define the essential variables to provide welding process control for reliable and consistent mechanical performance of the weldments. In this first phase, a series of narrow gap girth welds were made with pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW), instrumented with thermocouples in the heat affected zone (HAZ) and weld metal to obtain the associated thermal profiles, and instrumented to measure true energy input as opposed to conventional heat input. Results reveal that true heat input is 16%-22% higher than conventional heat input. The thermal profile measurements correlate very well with thermal model predictions using true energy input data, which indicates the viability of treating the latter as an essential variable. Ongoing microstructural and mechanical testing work will enable validation of an integrated thermal-microstructural model being developed for these applications. Outputs from this model will be used to correlate essential welding process variables with weld microstructure and hardness. This will ultimately enable development of a list of essential variables and the ranges needed to ensure mechanical properties are achieved in practice, recommendations for controlling and monitoring these essential variables and test methods suitable for classification of welding consumables. (author)

  11. Study On Rotor with Large Type Wind Power Generator%风力发电机转子有限元仿真分析

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    刘志勇; 傅彩明; 毛文贵

    2012-01-01

    基于虚拟样机仿真,建立大型风力发电机转子三维模型,应用Nastran仿真系统对转子圆锥支撑方式和筋支撑方式结构进行强度和刚度分析,并对转子支架结构以铸铁件代替焊接件进行可行性分析,仿真分析结果表明:圆锥支撑形方式比筋支撑方式的应力和位移小;转子支架用铸铁件形式比焊接件形式的应力、位移都小些.仿真结果对转子结构优化具有指导意义.%Based on virtual prototyping simulation,three dimension model(solid model) of the rotor with a large type wind power generator is built,and virtual prototyping model of the rotor is established by a 3-D modeling software and Pro/Engineer. The solid model and virtual prototype model of circular cone brace type and muscle brace type structure are built. The analysis results of stress and displacement by using MSC. NASTRAN are presented. And the feasibility analysis of cast iron and weldment stock generation of rotor support structure is made. Based on results of simulation, this study provides guidana for optimizating the rotor of wind power generator.

  12. 超声波及钎料成分对氧化铝/铜钎焊效果的影响%Effect of Ultrasonic Wave and Filler Composition on Brazing of Alumina and Copper

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    苏光; 杜伟

    2011-01-01

    焊接前采用超声波浴去除氧化铝表面杂物,然后利用超声波振动使钎料润湿焊缝将氧化铝与铜进行钎焊连接.所用钎料为含铝量(ω分别为0%、5%、10%的ZN-Al合金和含锡量(ω)分别为0%、30%、60%、91%的Zn-Sn合金.通过测量接头强度、硬度和分析接头界面的微观组织形态,结果表明,超声波可以加快钎料的润湿性,并可以通过改变钎料中成分配比来改善焊件连接性能.%The surface oxides were removed by ultrasonic bath, the, the alumina and copper were connected under ultrasonic vibration. The used filler was Zn-Al alloy and Zn-Sn alloy. The weight percent of aluminum in the filler was 0%, 5%, 10%, respectively. The mass percent of tin in the filler was 0%, 30%, 6o0% and 91%, respectively. The joining mechanism was investigated by measurng the joining strength, hardness and analyzing the microstructure at the interface of the joint The shear strength and microstructure of the welded joint strongly depend on the filler composition. The test shows that ultrasound can accelerate the wettability, the connection property of the weldment can be improved by changing the composition ratio in filler metal.

  13. A preliminary study on the application of Friction Welding in structural repairs

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    Pauly, D.; Santos, J.F. dos [GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung; Blakemore, G.R. [Pressure Products Group, Aberdeen (United Kingdom); Gibson, D. [National Hyperbaric Centre, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

    1998-11-01

    Friction Welding is characterised by the absence of a fusion zone associated with comparatively low temperatures in the weld. These features allow the application of this welding process in joining and repair of most engineering structures, especially in hazardous environments. This work presents a preliminary study on different friction welding processes, including the recently developed Friction Hydro-Pillar Processing (FHPP) and Friction Stitch Welding, as joining technologies for thick-walled structures. The use of these welding processes in different industrial applications, compared with the commonly used arc welding counterparts, as well as the influence of welding parameters on the weldment integrity are discussed. A brief description of a portable friction welding equipment and its possible implementation for FHPP are presented. Stud welds produced in the commissioning phase of this equipment have been analysed and tested to assess their quality. (orig.) [Deutsch] Da die Schweisszonentemperatur waehrend des Reibschweissvorganges vergleichsweise niedrig ist, bildet sich kein Schmelzbad aus. Anwendbar ist dieses Schweissverfahren zur Verbindung oder Reparatur der meisten Metallkonstruktionen, speziell in risikobehafteter Umgebung. Diese Arbeit enthaelt eine Vorstudie zu verschiedenen Reibschweissprozessen, einschliesslich der neu entwickelten Friction Hydro-Pillar Processing (FHPP)- und Friction Stitch Welding-Verfahren, als Fuegetechniken fuer dickwandige Strukturen. Die Anwendbarkeit dieser Schweissprozesse in verschiedenen Industrien, verglichen mit herkoemmlich verwendeten Lichtbogenschweissverfahren, sowie der Einfluss von Schweissparametern auf die Guete der Verbindung werden diskutiert. Praesentiert wird ausserdem eine tragbare Reibschweissmaschine und ihre moegliche Verwendung zum FHPP-Schweissen. Bolzenschweissungen, die waehrend der Inbetriebnahmephase dieser Maschine hergestellt wurden, sind zur Charakterisierung ihrer Qualitaet analysiert und

  14. UNS S31603 Stainless Steel Tungsten Inert Gas Welds Made with Microparticle and Nanoparticle Oxides

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    Kuang-Hung Tseng

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference between tungsten inert gas (TIG welding of austenitic stainless steel assisted by microparticle oxides and that assisted by nanoparticle oxides. SiO2 and Al2O3 were used to investigate the effects of the thermal stability and the particle size of the activated compounds on the surface appearance, geometric shape, angular distortion, delta ferrite content and Vickers hardness of the UNS S31603 stainless steel TIG weld. The results show that the use of SiO2 leads to a satisfactory surface appearance compared to that of the TIG weld made with Al2O3. The surface appearance of the TIG weld made with nanoparticle oxide has less flux slag compared with the one made with microparticle oxide of the same type. Compared with microparticle SiO2, the TIG welding with nanoparticle SiO2 has the potential benefits of high joint penetration and less angular distortion in the resulting weldment. The TIG welding with nanoparticle Al2O3 does not result in a significant increase in the penetration or reduction of distortion. The TIG welding with microparticle or nanoparticle SiO2 uses a heat source with higher power density, resulting in a higher ferrite content and hardness of the stainless steel weld metal. In contrast, microparticle or nanoparticle Al2O3 results in no significant difference in metallurgical properties compared to that of the C-TIG weld metal. Compared with oxide particle size, the thermal stability of the oxide plays a significant role in enhancing the joint penetration capability of the weld, for the UNS S31603 stainless steel TIG welds made with activated oxides.

  15. Characterization of HAZ of API X70 Microalloyed Steel Welded by Cold-Wire Tandem Submerged Arc Welding

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    Mohammadijoo, Mohsen; Kenny, Stephen; Collins, Laurie; Henein, Hani; Ivey, Douglas G.

    2017-03-01

    High-strength low-carbon microalloyed steels may be adversely affected by the high-heat input and thermal cycle that they experience during tandem submerged arc welding. The heat-affected zone (HAZ), particularly the coarse-grained heat-affected zone (CGHAZ), i.e., the region adjacent to the fusion line, has been known to show lower fracture toughness compared with the rest of the steel. The deterioration in toughness of the CGHAZ is attributed to the formation of martensite-austenite (M-A) constituents, local brittle zones, and large prior austenite grains (PAG). In the present work, the influence of the addition of a cold wire at various wire feed rates in cold-wire tandem submerged arc welding, a recently developed welding process for pipeline manufacturing, on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the HAZ of a microalloyed steel has been studied. The cold wire moderates the heat input of welding by consuming the heat of the trail electrode. Macrostructural analysis showed a decrease in the CGHAZ size by addition of a cold wire. Microstructural evaluation, using both tint etching optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, indicated the formation of finer PAGs and less fraction of M-A constituents with refined morphology within the CGHAZ when the cold wire was fed at 25.4 cm/min. This resulted in an improvement in the HAZ impact fracture toughness. These improvements are attributed to lower actual heat introduced to the weldment and lower peak temperature in the CGHAZ by cold-wire addition. However, a faster feed rate of the cold wire at 76.2 cm/min adversely affected the toughness due to the formation of slender M-A constituents caused by the relatively faster cooling rate in the CGHAZ.

  16. Formability Analysis of Diode-Laser-Welded Tailored Blanks of Advanced High-Strength Steel Sheets

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    Panda, S. K.; Baltazar Hernandez, V. H.; Kuntz, M. L.; Zhou, Y.

    2009-08-01

    Currently, advances due to tailored blanking can be enhanced by the development of new grades of advanced high-strength steels (HSSs), for the further weight reduction and structural improvement of automotive components. In the present work, diode laser welds of three different grades of advanced high-strength dual-phase (DP) steel sheets (with tensile strengths of 980, 800, and 450 MPa) to high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) material were fabricated by applying the proper welding parameters. Formability in terms of Hecker’s limiting dome height (LDH), the strain distribution on the hemispherical dome surface, the weld line movement during deformation, and the load-bearing capacity during the stretch forming of these different laser-welded blanks were compared. Finite element (FE) analysis of the LDH tests of both the parent metals and laser-welded blanks was done using the commercially available software package LS-DYNA (Livermore Software Technology Corporation, Livermore, CA); the results compared well with the experimental data. It was also found that the LDH was not affected by the soft zone or weld zone properties; it decreased, however, with an increase in a nondimensional parameter, the “strength ratio” (SR). The weld line movement during stretch forming is an indication of nonuniform deformation resulting in a decrease in the LDH. In all the dissimilar weldments, fracture took place on the HSLA side, but the fracture location shifted to near the weld line (at the pole) in tailor-welded blanks (TWBs) of a higher strength ratio.

  17. Ballistic-Failure Mechanisms in Gas Metal Arc Welds of Mil A46100 Armor-Grade Steel: A Computational Investigation

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    Grujicic, M.; Snipes, J. S.; Galgalikar, R.; Ramaswami, S.; Yavari, R.; Yen, C.-F.; Cheeseman, B. A.

    2014-09-01

    In our recent work, a multi-physics computational model for the conventional gas metal arc welding (GMAW) joining process was introduced. The model is of a modular type and comprises five modules, each designed to handle a specific aspect of the GMAW process, i.e.: (i) electro-dynamics of the welding-gun; (ii) radiation-/convection-controlled heat transfer from the electric-arc to the workpiece and mass transfer from the filler-metal consumable electrode to the weld; (iii) prediction of the temporal evolution and the spatial distribution of thermal and mechanical fields within the weld region during the GMAW joining process; (iv) the resulting temporal evolution and spatial distribution of the material microstructure throughout the weld region; and (v) spatial distribution of the as-welded material mechanical properties. In the present work, the GMAW process model has been upgraded with respect to its predictive capabilities regarding the spatial distribution of the mechanical properties controlling the ballistic-limit (i.e., penetration-resistance) of the weld. The model is upgraded through the introduction of the sixth module in the present work in recognition of the fact that in thick steel GMAW weldments, the overall ballistic performance of the armor may become controlled by the (often inferior) ballistic limits of its weld (fusion and heat-affected) zones. To demonstrate the utility of the upgraded GMAW process model, it is next applied to the case of butt-welding of a prototypical high-hardness armor-grade martensitic steel, MIL A46100. The model predictions concerning the spatial distribution of the material microstructure and ballistic-limit-controlling mechanical properties within the MIL A46100 butt-weld are found to be consistent with prior observations and general expectations.

  18. S Curve Control Strategies on Friction Stir Welding joint of Radiator for High-speed Train%高速列车用散热片搅拌摩擦焊接头中S曲线控制策略

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    贺地求; 汪建; 徐少华; 彭建红; 贺暑俊

    2012-01-01

    The technology of the fiiction stir welding tailor-welded was used to join together the 6063-T5 aluminum alloy radiator whose baseplate thickness is 20mm. Due to the special efficient cooling structure of the weldment, the larre welding zone temperature gradient and serious heat loss leaded to S curve that appeared in (he weld cross section. With the analysis of the curve formation mechanism, two control strategies are adopted, and then the weld joint were both with good appearance and defect-free in the inner with the optimization of process parameters. The research results have important guiding significance to the FSW of the same type aluminum alloy.%采用搅拌摩擦焊(FSW)对底板厚度为20mm的6063-T5铝合金散热片进行了拼接实验.由于焊件所特有的高效散热结构,使焊接区温度梯度大,热量损失严重,导致焊缝横截面出现S形曲线.通过分析焊缝横截面S形曲线的形成机制,采取两条应对控制策略,优化工艺参数,最终得到成型美观、内部无缺陷的FSW焊缝.此研究成果对采用FSW进行同类型铝合金的焊接有重要的指导意义.

  19. An Empirical Study on Ultrasonic Testing in Lieu of Radiography for Nuclear Power Plants

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    Moran, Traci L.; Pardini, Allan F.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Prowant, Matthew S.; Mathews, Royce

    2012-09-01

    Research is being conducted for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to assess the capability, effectiveness, and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) as a replacement method for radiographic testing (RT) for inspecting nuclear power plant (NPP) components. A primary objective of this work is to evaluate UT techniques to assess their ability to detect, locate, size, and characterize fabrication flaws in typical NPP weldments. This particular study focused on the evaluation of four carbon steel pipe-to-pipe welds on specimens that ranged in thicknesses from 19.05 mm (0.75 in.) to 27.8 mm (1.094 in.) and were 355.6 mm (14.0 in.) or 406.4 mm (16.0 in.) in diameter. The pipe welds contained both implanted (intentional) fabrication flaws as well as bonus (unintentional) flaws throughout the entire thickness of the weld and the adjacent base material. The fabrication flaws were a combination of planar and volumetric flaw types, including incomplete fusion, incomplete penetration, cracks, porosity, and slag inclusions. The examinations were conducted using phased-array UT (PA UT) techniques applied primarily for detection and length sizing of the flaws. Radiographic examinations were also conducted on the specimens with RT detection and length sizing results being used to establish true state. This paper will discuss the comparison of UT and RT (true state) detection results conducted to date along with a discussion on the technical gaps that need to be addressed before these methods can be used interchangeably for repair and replacement activities for NPP components.

  20. Assessment of Crack Detection in Heavy-Walled Cast Stainless Steel Piping Welds Using Advanced Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Methods

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    Anderson, Michael T.; Crawford, Susan L.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Denslow, Kayte M.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Doctor, Steven R.

    2007-03-01

    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel approaches to nondestructive examination (NDE) for inspecting coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the effectiveness and reliability of advanced NDE methods as related to the inservice inspection of safety-related components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This report provides progress, recent developments, and results from an assessment of low frequency ultrasonic testing (UT) for detection of inside surface-breaking cracks in cast stainless steel reactor piping weldments as applied from the outside surface of the components. Vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were examined to assess the capability of low-frequency UT to adequately penetrate challenging microstructures and determine acoustic propagation limitations or conditions that may interfere with reliable flaw detection. In addition, welded specimens containing mechanical and thermal fatigue cracks were examined. The specimens were fabricated using vintage centrifugally cast and statically cast stainless steel materials, which are typical of configurations installed in PWR primary coolant circuits. Ultrasonic studies on the vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were conducted with a 400-kHz synthetic aperture focusing technique and phased array technology applied at 500 kHz, 750 kHz, and 1.0 MHz. Flaw detection and characterization on the welded specimens was performed with the phased array method operating at the frequencies stated above. This report documents the methodologies used and provides results from laboratory studies to assess baseline material noise, crack detection, and length-sizing capability for low-frequency UT in cast stainless steel piping.

  1. DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF MATERIALS PROPERTIES FOR FLAW STABILITY ANALYSIS IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENT SERVICE

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    Sindelar, R; Ps Lam, P; Andrew Duncan, A; Bruce Wiersma, B; Karthik Subramanian, K; James Elder, J

    2007-04-18

    Discovery of aging phenomena in the materials of a structure may arise after its design and construction that impact its structural integrity. This condition can be addressed through a demonstration of integrity with the material-specific degraded conditions. Two case studies of development of fracture and crack growth property data, and their application in development of in-service inspection programs for nuclear structures in the defense complex are presented. The first case study covers the development of fracture toughness properties in the form of J-R curves for rolled plate Type 304 stainless steel with Type 308 stainless steel filler in the application to demonstrate the integrity of the reactor tanks of the heavy water production reactors at the Savannah River Site. The fracture properties for the base, weld, and heat-affected zone of the weldments irradiated at low temperatures (110-150 C) up to 6.4 dpa{sub NRT} and 275 appm helium were developed. An expert group provided consensus for application of the irradiated properties for material input to acceptance criteria for ultrasonic examination of the reactor tanks. Dr. Spencer H. Bush played a lead advisory role in this work. The second case study covers the development of fracture toughness for A285 carbon steel in high level radioactive waste tanks. The approach in this case study incorporated a statistical experimental design for material testing to address metallurgical factors important to fracture toughness. Tolerance intervals were constructed to identify the lower bound fracture toughness for material input to flaw disposition through acceptance by analysis.

  2. Thermal Recovery of Plastic Deformation in Dissimilar Metal Weld

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    Qiao, Dongxiao [Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China); Yu, Xinghua [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Zhang, Wei [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States); Crooker, Paul [Electric Power Research Inst. (EPRI), Palo Alto, CA (United States); David, Stan A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Feng, Zhili [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-05-23

    Stainless steel has been widely used in challenging environments typical to nuclear power plant structures, due its excellent corrosion resistance. Nickel filler metals containing high chromium concentration, including Alloy 82/182, are used for joining stainless steel to carbon steel components to achieve similar high resistance to stress corrosion cracking. However, the joint usually experience weld metal stress corrosion cracking (SCC), which affects the safety and structural integrity of light water nuclear reactor systems. A primary driving force for SCC is the high tensile residual stress in these welds. Due to large dimension of pressure vessel and limitations in the field, non-destructive residual stress measurement is difficult. As a result, finite element modeling has been the de facto method to evaluate the weld residual stresses. Recent studies on this subject from researchers worldwide report different residual stress value in the weldments [5]. The discrepancy is due to the fact that most of investigations ignore or underestimate the thermal recovery in the heat-affect zone or reheated region in the weld. In this paper, the effect of heat treatment on thermal recovery and microhardness is investigated for materials used in dissimilar metal joint. It is found that high equivalent plastic strains are predominately accumulated in the buttering layer, the root pass, and the heat affected zone, which experience multiple welding thermal cycles. The final cap passes, experiencing only one or two welding thermal cycles, exhibit less plastic strain accumulation. Moreover, the experimental residual plastic strains are compared with those predicted using an existing weld thermo-mechanical model with two different strain hardening rules. The importance of considering the dynamic strain hardening recovery due to high temperature exposure in welding is discussed for the accurate simulation of weld residual stresses and plastic strains. In conclsuion, the

  3. Local mechanical properties of Alloy 82/182 dissimilar weld joint between SA508 Gr.1a and F316 SS at RT and 320C

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    Byun, Thak Sang [ORNL; Kim, Jin Weon [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents the variations of local mechanical and microstructural properties in dissimilar metal weld joints consisting of the SA508 Gr.1a ferritic steel, Alloy 82/182 filler metal, and F316 austenitic stainless steel. Flat or round tensile specimens and transmission electron microscopy disks were taken from the base metals, welds, and heat-affected zones (HAZ) of the joints and tested at room temperature (RT) and/or at 320 C. The tensile test results indicated that the mechanical property was relatively uniform within each material zone, but varied considerably between different zones. Further, significant variations were observed both in the austenitic HAZ of F316 SS and in the ferritic HAZ of SA508 Gr.1a. The yield stress (YS) of the weld metal was under-matched with respect to the HAZs of SA508 Gr.1a and F316 SS by 0.78 to 0.92, although the YS was over-matched with respect to both base metals. The minimum ductility occurred in the HAZ of SA508 Gr.1 at both test temperatures. The plastic instability stress also varied considerably in the weld joints, with minimum values occurring in the SA508 Gr.1a base metal at RT and in the HAZ of F316 SS at 320 C, suggesting that the probability of ductile failure caused by a unstable deformation at the Alloy 82/182 buttering layer is low. Within the HAZ of SA508 Gr.1a, the gradient of the YS and ultimate tensile strength (UTS) was significant, primarily because of the different microstructures produced by the phase transformation during the welding process. The increment of YS was unexpectedly high in the HAZ of F316 SS, which was explained by the strain hardening induced by a strain mismatch between the weldment and the base metal. This was confirmed by the transmission electron micrographs showing high dislocation density in the HAZ.

  4. External Attachment of Titanium Sheathed Thermocouples to Zirconium Nuclear Fuel Rods For The Loss-Of-Fluid-Test (LOFT) Reactor

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    Welty, Richard K.

    1980-10-01

    The Exxon Nuclear Company, Inc. acting as a Subcontractor to EG&G Idaho Inc.3 Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, has developed a welding process to attach titanium sheathed thermocouples to the outside of the zircaloy clad fuel rods. The fuel rods and thermocouples are used to test simulated loss-of-coolant-accident (LOCA) conditions in a pressurized water reactor (LOFT Reactor, Idaho National Laboratory). The design goals were to (1) reliably attach thermocouples to the zircaloy fuel rods, (2) achieve or exceed a life expectancy of 6,000 hours of reactor operation in a borated water environment of 316°C at 2260 psi, (3) provide and sustain repeatable physical and metallurgical properties in the instrumented rods subjected to transient temperatures up to 1538°C with blowdown, shock, loading, and fast quench. A laser beam was selected as the optimum welding process because of the extremely high energy input per unit volume that can be achieved allowing local fusion of a small area irrespective of the difference in material thickness to be joined. A commercial pulsed laser and energy control system was installed along with specialized welding fixtures. Laser room facility requirements and tolerances were established. Performance qualifications and detailed welding procedures were also developed. Product performance tests were conducted to assure that engineering design requirements could be met on a production basis. Irradiation tests showed no degradation of thermocouples or weld structure. Fast thermal cycle and heater rod blowdown reflood tests were made to subject the weldments to high temperatures, high pressure steam, and fast water quench cycles. From the behavior of these tests, it was concluded that the attachment welds would survive a series of reactor safety tests.

  5. Crack repair welding by CMT brazing using low melting point filler wire for long-term used steam turbine cases of Cr-Mo-V cast steels

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    Kadoi, Kota, E-mail: kadoi@hiroshima-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Murakami, Aoi; Shinozaki, Kenji; Yamamoto, Motomichi [Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Matsumura, Hideo [Chugoku Electric Power Co., 3-9-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-0046 (Japan)

    2016-06-01

    Surface melting by gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding and overlaying by cold metal transfer (CMT) brazing using low melting point filler wire were investigated to develop a repair process for cracks in worn cast steel of steam turbine cases. Cr-Mo-V cast steel, operated for 188,500 h at 566 °C, was used as the base material. Silver and gold brazing filler wires were used as overlaying materials to decrease the heat input into the base metal and the peak temperature during the welding thermal cycle. Microstructural analysis revealed that the worn cast steel test samples contained ferrite phases with intragranular precipitates of Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3}, Mo{sub 2}C, and CrSi{sub 2} and grain boundary precipitates of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} and Mo{sub 2}C. CMT brazing using low melting point filler wire was found to decrease the heat input and peak temperature during the thermal cycle of the process compared with those during GTA surface melting. Thus, the process helped to inhibit the formation of hardened phases such as intermetallics and martensite in the heat affected zone (HAZ). Additionally, in the case of CMT brazing using BAg-8, the change in the hardness of the HAZ was negligible even though other processes such as GTA surface melting cause significant changes. The creep-fatigue properties of weldments produced by CMT brazing with BAg-8 were the highest, and nearly the same as those of the base metal owing to the prevention of hardened phase formation. The number of fracture cycles using GTA surface melting and CMT brazing with BAu-4 was also quite small. Therefore, CMT brazing using low melting point filler wire such as BAg-8 is a promising candidate method for repairing steam turbine cases. However, it is necessary to take alloy segregation during turbine operation into account to design a suitable filler wire for practical use.

  6. Development and trial manufacturing of 1/2-scale partial mock-up of blanket box structure for fusion experimental reactor

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    Hashimoto, Toshiyuki; Takatsu, Hideyuki; Sato, Satoshi

    1994-07-01

    Conceptual design of breeding blanket has been discussed during the CDA (Conceptual Design Activities) of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). Structural concept of breeding blanket is based on box structure integrated with first wall and shield, which consists of three coolant manifolds for first wall, breeding and shield regions. The first wall must have cooling channels to remove surface heat flux and nuclear heating. The box structure includes plates to form the manifolds and stiffening ribs to withstand enormous electromagnetic load, coolant pressure and blanket internal (purge gas) pressure. A 1/2-scale partial model of the blanket box structure for the outboard side module near midplane is manufactured to estimate the fabrication technology, i.e. diffusion bonding by HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing) and EBW (Electron Beam Welding) procedure. Fabrication accuracy is a key issue to manufacture first wall panel because bending deformation during HIP may not be small for a large size structure. Data on bending deformation during HIP was obtained by preliminary manufacturing of HIP elements. For the shield structure, it is necessary to reduce the welding strain and residual stress of the weldment to establish the fabrication procedure. Optimal shape of the parts forming the manifolds, welding locations and welding sequence have been investigated. In addition, preliminary EBW tests have been performed in order to select the EBW conditions, and fundamental data on built-up shield have been obtained. Especially, welding deformation by joining the first wall panel to the shield has been measured, and total deformation to build-up shield by EBW has been found to be smaller than 2 mm. Consequently, the feasibility of fabrication technologies has been successfully demonstrated for a 1m-scaled box structure including the first wall with cooling channels by means of HIP, EBW and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas arc)-welding.

  7. Recommendations for replica testing of high temperature components in power plant; Rekommendationer foer replikprovning av hoegtemperaturkomponenter i kraftanlaeggningar

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    Storesund, Jan [Det Norske Veritas AB, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2000-08-01

    Replica testing is a non-destructive testing method where the microstructure of the surface of a component is replicated. This involves careful metallographical preparation which in some points also should be adapted to the aims of the investigation. There are published guidelines for replica testing of high temperature components in power plant, for instance by Nordtest, but these may be considered to be insufficient to assure the required quality and reproducibility of the replicas. There are no certification systems for the replica method in Sweden as well as abroad and the experience has shown that differences in the performance that existing praxis can involve may give significant influence on the results when the replicas are evaluated. In the present project recommendations have been compiled for replica testing with regard to creep damage on occurring heat resistant steel types in Swedish power plants. The recommendations consist of guidelines for metallographical replication in the field and cover: - Test positions at weldments and pipe bends; - Equipment; - Rough and fine grinding; - Macro-etching; - Electrolytic and mechanical polishing; - Etching; - Replication; - Documentation and storage; - Personnel. They describe differences in the testing of the different materials and the purpose is to assure replica testing of the highest quality and reproducibility. The recommendations have been compiled by use of guidelines and company standards as a starting point. Some points in the recommendations refer to trials for verification which have been carried out within the frame of the project. The trials have been focused on the appearance of creep damage and microstructure in different established methods for polishing and etching. Comments and closer descriptions for some points of the test procedures are given in an appendix to the recommendations.

  8. Dry Cask Storage Characterization Project - Phase 1: CASTOR V/21 Cask Opening and Examination

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    Bare, Walter Claude; Ebner, Matthias Anthony; Torgerson, Laurence Dale

    2001-08-01

    This report documents visual examination and testing conducted in 1999 and early 2000 at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) on a Gesellschaft für Nuklear Service (GNS) CASTOR V/21 pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent fuel dry storage cask. The purpose of the examination and testing is to develop a technical basis for renewal of licenses and Certificates of Compliance for dry storage systems for spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste at independent spent fuel storage installation sites. The examination and testing was conducted to assess the condition of the cask internal and external surfaces, cask contents consisting of 21 Westinghouse PWR spent fuel assemblies from Dominion’s (formerly named Virginia Power) Surry Power Station and cask concrete storage pad. The assemblies have been continuously stored in the CASTOR cask since 1985. Cask exterior surface and selected fuel assembly temperatures, and cask surface gamma and neutron dose rates were measured. Cask external/internal surfaces, fuel basket components including accessible weldments, fuel assembly exteriors, and primary lid seals were visually examined. Selected fuel rods were removed from one fuel assembly, visually examined, and then shipped to Argonne National Laboratory for nondestructive, destructive, and mechanical examination. Cask interior crud samples and helium cover gas samples were collected and analyzed. The results of the examination and testing indicate the concrete storage pad, CASTOR V/21 cask, and cask contents exhibited sound structural and seal integrity and that long-term storage has not caused detectable degradation of the spent fuel cladding or the release of gaseous fission products between 1985 and 1999.

  9. Laser beam welding of Waspaloy: Characterization and corrosion behavior evaluation

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    Shoja Razavi, Reza

    2016-08-01

    In this work, a study on Nd:YAG laser welding of Waspaloy sheets has been made. Microstructures, phase changes and hardness of the laser joint were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and vickers microhardness (HV0.3). Corrosion behavior of the weldment at low temperature in 3.5%wt NaCl solution at room temperature was also investigated using open circuit potential and cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests. Hot corrosion studies were conducted on samples in the molten salt environment (Na2SO4-60%V2O5) at 900 °C for 50 h. Results indicated that the microstructure of weld zone was mainly dendritic grown epitaxially in the direction perpendicular to the weld boundary and heat transfer. Moreover, the Ti-Mo carbide particles were observed in the structure of the weld zone and base metal. The average size of carbides formed in the base metal (2.97±0.5 μm) was larger than that of the weld zone (0.95±0.2 μm). XRD patterns of the weld zone and base metal showed that the laser welding did not alter the phase structure of the weld zone, being in γ-Ni(Cr) single phase. Microhardness profile showed that the hardness values of the weld zone (210-261 HV) were lower than that of the base metal (323-330 HV). Electrochemical and hot corrosion tests indicated that the corrosion resistance of the weld metal was greater than the base metal in both room and high temperatures.

  10. Failure mechanisms in cobalt welded with a silver–copper filler

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    Criss, Everett M., E-mail: ecriss@ucsd.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla (United States); Smith, Richard J. [Electrical Systems and Optics Research Division, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (United Kingdom); Meyers, Marc A. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla (United States); Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla (United States); Department of Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla (United States)

    2015-10-01

    Cobalt silver–copper (Co–AgCu) weldments approximate the stresses and failure mechanisms of beryllium aluminum–silicon (Be–AlSi) welds, which have strategic importance but are hazardous to study. Failure tests of these surrogate Co–AgCu welds, examined in tension and four-point bending, show that residual stresses and post-welding heat treatment have little or no effect on strength, whereas weld quality and geometry are extremely important. Scanning electron microscopy images reveal abundant defects in poor welds, which usually fail through propagation of preexisting cracks. Fracture surfaces show a variety of morphologies, ranging from dimples in the AgCu filler, to cleavage steps in the CoCu peritectic, and suspected intergranular fracture in the cobalt base. Spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy reveals significant changes in microstructure near the base–filler interface, whereas wavelength dispersive analysis shows high Cu concentrations in this area.. Contrary to finite element predictions, these welds were found to be stronger during face bending than root bending, likely resulting from the increased number of cracks and imperfections in the Co base. These computations correctly predict that weld strength depends on geometry and that welds fail either in the cobalt base, or along the base–filler interface. Crack compliance measurements show that the largest residual stresses are located along this interface. However, these stresses are unlikely to influence failure due to their direction, whereas stresses in the weld root are too small to have observable effects on failure. The strength of Co–AgCu welds depends strongly on geometry, penetration, and weld quality, but little on residual stresses, and this conclusion is tentatively extended to Be–AlSi welds.

  11. Gas tungsten arc welding and friction stir welding of ultrafine grained AISI 304L stainless steel: Microstructural and mechanical behavior characterization

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    Sabooni, S., E-mail: s.sabooni@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimzadeh, F.; Enayati, M.H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ngan, A.H.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Jabbari, H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    In the present study, an ultrafine grained (UFG) AISI 304L stainless steel with the average grain size of 650 nm was successfully welded by both gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and friction stir welding (FSW). GTAW was applied without any filler metal. FSW was also performed at a constant rotational speed of 630 rpm and different welding speeds from 20 to 80 mm/min. Microstructural characterization was carried out by High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy (HRSEM) with Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Nanoindentation, microhardness measurements and tensile tests were also performed to study the mechanical properties of the base metal and weldments. The results showed that the solidification mode in the GTAW welded sample is FA (ferrite–austenite) type with the microstructure consisting of an austenite matrix embedded with lath type and skeletal type ferrite. The nugget zone microstructure in the FSW welded samples consisted of equiaxed dynamically recrystallized austenite grains with some amount of elongated delta ferrite. Sigma phase precipitates were formed in the region ahead the rotating tool during the heating cycle of FSW, which were finally fragmented into nanometric particles and distributed in the weld nugget. Also there is a high possibility that the existing delta ferrite in the microstructure rapidly transforms into sigma phase particles during the short thermal cycle of FSW. These suggest that high strain and deformation during FSW can promote sigma phase formation. The final austenite grain size in the nugget zone was found to decrease with increasing Zener–Hollomon parameter, which was obtained quantitatively by measuring the peak temperature, calculating the strain rate during FSW and exact examination of hot deformation activation energy by considering the actual grain size before the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization. Mechanical properties observations showed that the welding

  12. 应用DCNLP法实现相贯线接缝自动焊接控制*%On the Collision-Free Robotic Manipulator Welding Using Direct Collocation with Nonlinear Programming Method

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    梅成才; 潘修强; 陈军杰

    2013-01-01

      Robotic manipulators have long been applied to industrial welding in the past decades. This study pays an emphasis on coaching the manipulator not to slew its five joints into the weldment of two orthogonally intersecting cylinders. Direct Collocation with Nonlinear Programming (DCNLP) is the key numerical method adopted in this study which discretizes the time history of the mo-tion into N segments and approximates the solutions in each segment by cubic polynomials. The constraint functions are comprised of the inequality constraints and defect equations. As soon as the constraint functions converge, the optimal solution is found.%  为了实现相贯线接缝的自动焊接,提出了一种基于直接配置非线性规划方法(DCNLP)的焊道轨迹运动控制方法。以两圆柱相贯自动焊接接管为例,通过将相贯线接缝曲线焊接时间离散化为N个时间区间,在每个区间内用三次多项式代表状态变量随时间变化的关系,使用Hermite-Simpson插值定义多项式,计算逼近的多项式和实际运动方程之间的差值。为使机器手臂各关节不掠入相贯圆柱体,研究亦设下额外的不等式限制方程,以确保关节不触及圆柱体,其中不等式限制方程加上缺陷方程构成所有的限制方程,当所有限制方程均满足时,迭代的结果就收敛,同时找到最优解。仿真结果表明DCNLP在处理焊接轨迹控制问题时具有较强的鲁棒性。

  13. Laboratory Studies of Technological Strength of Heat-Resistant Steels 15H1N1F Using the Small Sample Tests with Artificial Cooling

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    V. S. Drizhov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the work is to develop a technique to research a damage of the welded structures from thermostable steels under reiterated heating.Damage of welded structures under reiterated heating depends on numerous processes, proceeding both in welding and under reiterated heating. This circumstance makes it necessary to analyze the reasons and conditions of emerging damage on the basis of numerous statistical materials. This problem can be solved only if simple and effective research methods are used to conduct tests.The paper uses theoretical and experimental methods of research. Theoretical researches are based on the calculation analysis of proceeding internal welding stresses in the welded structures from thermostable steels. For analysis the calculation method of solving a problem was applied taking into account heterogeneity of phase dilatation in different zones of the welded structure.Experimental researches were conducted on the small welded samples in conditions of isothermal relaxation of stresses. Using the artificial heat sink, when welding is a feature of these researches. These welding conditions allowed us to reproduce thermal cycles of welding on small samples, taking place in welding of the thick-walled welded units. Experimental researches of metal damage nature of the welded structures under reiterated heating were conducted on the welded samples, which were welded both by non-consumable electrode and by consumable one. In analysis the influence of stress concentrator on emerging damage was also taken into account.As a result of research a technique has been offered to study damage of welded structures under reiterated heating on the small samples used for tests.The metallography analysis of the metal damage nature of welded structures at small sample tests confirmed damage identity at tests and in practice during heat treatment of weldments from thermostable steels.The conducted experimental analysis of emerging damage

  14. Development of materials resistant to metal dusting degradation.

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    Natesan, K.; Zeng, Z.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2007-12-07

    have also developed a substantial body of metal-dusting data on the performance of Fe- and Ni-base weldments. During the course of this project, we have developed new Ni-base and Cu-base alloys and tested them in simulated metal dusting environments at 1 atm and at high pressures. Results clearly showed superior performance of both classes of alloys in resisting metal dusting. We also developed an approach to mitigate metal dusting by performing an intermediate oxidation step for extending the life of alloys in which metal dusting has initiated and pits are in progression. Finally, we have analyzed several components that have failed in plants such as hydrogen plant, pilot plant reformer, and a gas boiler.

  15. Uso del ensayo de implante y la técnica de emisión acústica para estudiar el agrietamiento asistido por hidrógeno en la zona fundida en la soldadura de un acero HSLA-80

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    Fals, H. C.

    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available Weld metal hydrogen assisted cracking was studied using two flux cored wire (AWS E 70T-5 and AWS E 120 T5-K4 and a mixture gas of CO2 + 5% H2 to induce high values of diffusible hydrogen in high strength low alloy steel (HSLA-80 weldments. An Acoustical Emission Measurement System (AEMS RMS voltmeter was coupled to the implant test (NF 89-100 apparatus to determine energy, amplitude and event numbers of signal. All cracks were initiated in the partially melted zone and propagated into the coarse-grained region of the heat affected zone when E 70 T5 consumable was used, and the quasi-cleavage fracture mode was predominant. When E 120 T5 K4 consumable was used the cracks propagated vertically across the fusion zone, and a mixed fracture mode was the most important. A significant relationship between acoustic emission parameters and fracture modes was found.

    Se estudió el agrietamiento asistido por hidrógeno en la zona fundida, usando dos alambres tubulares (E 70T-5 y E 120 T5-K4 y una mezcla gaseosa de CO2 + 5% H2, para inducir altos niveles de hidrógeno difusible en la soldadura de un acero HSLA-80. Un sistema de medición de emisión acústica basado en un voltímetro RMS (Root Mean Square, acoplado a la instalación de ensayo de implante (NF 89-100, permitió determinar la energía, amplitud RMS y número de ciclos de la señal. Se observó por microscopía óptica y electrónica de barrido, que en todos los ensayos las grietas se formaron en la zona parcialmente fundida. Cuando se usó el alambre E 70T-5, las grietas se propagaron a través de la región de crecimiento de grano de la zona térmicamente afectada, predominando el modo de fractura cuasiclivage. En los ensayos del alambre E 120 T5-K4, las grietas crecieron verticalmente a través de la zona fundida, verificándose mayor incidencia de un modo de fractura mixto. Se encontró una relación importante entre los par

  16. Collaborative Welding Algorithm of Robots Based on Coupling and Decoupling of Kinematic Chain Ends%基于运动链末端耦合与解耦的机器人协同焊接算法

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    张铁; 应灿; 翟敬梅

    2013-01-01

    With the development of welding automation,multi-robot collaborative welding has become a research hotspot in the field of welding robots.In this paper,based on the coupling and decoupling idea of kinematic chain ends,a robot workstation is regarded as the combination of several open kinematic chains connected with joints,the general constraints that must be satisfied by the kinematic chain ends in the welding process are analyzed,and the coupling/decoupling method of master/slave kinematic chains is explored.Thus,a collaborative welding algorithm of robot workstation is proposed.In this algorithm,the kinematic chain for grasping weldments is taken as the main chain and the discrete points of welding seam are successively replaced and adjusted to the optimal welding pose, while the other kinematic chains are responsible for the tracking of current discrete points of the welding seam.Mo-reover,by taking a dual-welding robot workstation with one positioner as an example,the effectiveness of the pro-posed algorithm is verified through simulation.%随着焊接自动化进程的不断推进,多机器人协同焊接作业成为了焊接机器人领域的研究热点。文中基于运动链末端耦合与解耦的思想,将机器人工作站视为若干条通过关节连接而成的开式运动链的组合,通过分析各运动链末端在协同焊接过程中必须满足的通用约束,研究机器人工作站中各主/从运动链的耦合与解耦方法,进而提出了一种机器人工作站协同焊接算法。该算法以负责夹持焊件的运动链为主运动链,使焊缝离散点依次更替并调整到最佳焊接位姿,其他运动链末端跟踪当前焊缝离散点。文中还以变位双焊接机器人工作站为例,通过仿真验证了所提出的协同焊接算法的有效性。

  17. 2016 Accomplishments. Tritium aging studies on stainless steel. Forging process effects on the fracture toughness properties of tritium-precharged stainless steel

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    Morgan, Michael J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)

    2017-01-01

    in the tritium-exposed specimens were similar for all forgings. Another FY16 objective was to prepare fracture toughness specimens from Types 304L and 21-6-9 stainless steel weldments and heat-affected zones (HAZ) for tritium charging.

  18. Generation IV Reactors Integrated Materials Technology Program Plan: Focus on Very High Temperature Reactor Materials

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    Corwin, William R [ORNL; Burchell, Timothy D [ORNL; Katoh, Yutai [ORNL; McGreevy, Timothy E [ORNL; Nanstad, Randy K [ORNL; Ren, Weiju [ORNL; Snead, Lance Lewis [ORNL; Wilson, Dane F [ORNL

    2008-08-01

    requirements. (4) Pressure Vessel Steels: (a) Qualification of short-term, high-temperature properties of light water reactor steels for anticipated VHTR off-normal conditions must be determined, as well as the effects of aging on tensile, creep, and toughness properties, and on thermal emissivity. (b) Large-scale fabrication process for higher temperature alloys, such as 9Cr-1MoV, including ensuring thick-section and weldment integrity must be developed, as well as improved definitions of creep-fatigue and negligible creep behavior. (5) High-Temperature Alloys: (a) Qualification and codification of materials for the intermediate heat exchanger, such as Alloys 617 or 230, for long-term very high-temperature creep, creep-fatigue, and environmental aging degradation must be done, especially in thin sections for compact designs, for both base metal and weldments. (b) Constitutive models and an improved methodology for high-temperature design must be developed.

  19. 煤化工大型缠绕管式换热器的设计与制造%Design and Manufacturing of Large-scale Spiral Wound Heat Exchanger in Coal-chemical Industry

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    陈永东; 张贤安

    2015-01-01

    Due to its excellent heat transfer property,the adaptability to variable loads of unit and the op-eration reliability,large-scale spiral wound heat exchanger (SWHE)has a bright application prospect in such fields as the coal deep processing,refinery and natural gas of China.With respect to the multi-stream SWHE for large-scale coal-chemical plant,the design and manufacturing technology difficulties are ana-lyzed for large-scale SWHE.As to the multi-stream SWHE,such contents as the different structure styles of tube-sheet,particularity of tube-sheet design calculation,compatibility of each tube side in the same shell and the large-scale combined raw gas cooler are discussed.Additionally,the outlet structure between tube bundle and tube -sheet is also discussed .Combined with the analysis results of strain aging for austenitic stainless steel,the normal deformation rate range is obtained for the heat exchanger tube during wrapping. Radiographic testing (RT)is carried out for the weldment between tubes and tube-sheet of large-scale SWHE,and the RT operation rule is presented for reference.In China,the large-scale SWHE with area larger than 10000 m2 can be produced now,and abundant experience has been accumulated in the design and manufacturing technology.However,there is still a certain gap between our country and the advanced countries in Europe and America in such aspects as the material variety of SWHE,the process design of large-scale main cryogenic heat exchanger,the application of numerical simulation technology in design and the quantified technology of quality inspection for the weldment between heat exchanger tube and tube-sheet etc.%大型缠绕管式换热器不仅具有较好的传热性能,还同时具有对装置变负荷的适应性和运行可靠的操作特性,在我国煤炭深加工、炼油、天然气等领域的应用呈现出良好的发展前景。从煤化工大型多股流缠绕管式换热器出发,对缠绕管式换热器设计和制

  20. Determinação dos campos de soldabilidade para o aço Dual-Phase 600 em equipamentos de soldagem a ponto AC e MFDC Determination of weldability fields for Dual-Phase 600 steel in AC and MFDC RSW

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    Marco Antonio Wolff

    2010-09-01

    welding equipments: AC (alternating current and MFDC (medium-frequency direct current. The first technology (AC equipment is the traditional one and has been successfully applied to accomplish weldments in low-carbon steel sheets, with relatively low cost. On the other hand, the new technology (MFDC equipment has been propagated by the manufactures as an evolution of the resistance spot welding, where higher productivity, lower energy consumption, better parameters controlling and lower thermal-mechanical stress. Besides these claimed qualities, from the construction point of view, the MFDC equipment demands smaller transformers, since its efficiency is proportional to the input frequency, i.e., the AC equipment uses the 60-Hz (in the Brazilian case from the power lines, whereas the MFDC ones goes for 1000 Hz, increasing its efficiency and reducing its size. Despite these commercial claims of the MFDC-equipment manufacturers, few scientific results have been published with a thorough methodology of comparison, especially for the recently introduced dual-phase steels. Therefore, this work is aimed to provide the comparison between MFDC and AC resistance spot welding equipment by using an appropriated methodology based on the equivalent size of the obtained spot. It is expected the results lead to further discussion between the use of these two equipments.

  1. Influência da tensão de soldagem e do gás de proteção sobre a correlação entre indutância e regularidade da transferência metálica na soldagem MIG/MAG por curto-circuito The influence of the welding voltage and of the shielding gas on the correlation between inductance and metal transfer regularity in short-circuiting MIG/MAG welding

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    Daniel Souza

    2011-06-01

    pursued the influence of the welding voltage and shielding gas composition in the correlation between inductance and metal transfer regularity in short-circuiting MIG/ MAG carbon-steel welding. Weldments were carried out scanning the voltage settings at three different inductance settings and with two differed shielding gases, using the same current level. A quantitative criterion was employed to assess the metal transfer regularity. Metal transfer conditions were visualized by means of synchronized high-speed filming shadowgraphy. The results showed that voltage and shielding gas do not interfere in the up and down current rate for a same inductance setting, but the regularity of the process is dependent of the shielding gas composition and arc voltage.

  2. Local reinforcement of magnesium components by friction processing. Determination of bonding mechanisms and assessment of joint properties

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    Pinheiro, G.A. [GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung

    2008-07-01

    powered friction welding machine, originally designed and built as a portable stud welding unit, delivering up to 40 kN welding force and 8000 rpm. All welds were monitored, analysed and evaluated using a purpose-built data recording system. AZ91, AE42 and MRI230D magnesium grades were used in the experimental programme. The results obtained in the course of this study have shown the feasibility of FHPP to produce high strength welds with mechanical properties comparable to those of the base material. Defects, such as porosity or lack of bonding, were not observed. Furthermore, the welding pressure rather than the upsetting was found to have a major influence in the final weldment. The influence of process parameters on heat generation and bonding quality is similar to that known from rotational friction welding. It could be demonstrated that for dissimilar MRI230D to AZ91D and for similar AZ91D to AZ91D welds, the consumable member is fully plasticised across the bore of the hole and throughout the thickness of the workpiece. However, for AE42 to AZ91D welds, the stud was not completely plasticised across the bore of the hole and significant microstructural changes were restricted to a narrow area around the bonding line. Hardness profiles indicate a substantial reduction in scattering, as soon as the stud material is reached. Hardening or softening phenomena were not observed. Transverse tensile and pull-out testing confirmed the feasibility of the process to produce high strength welds, with failures taking place outside the welded area in most of the cases. Joint performance, in terms of creep and bolt load retention, was also tested and showed promising results. Although creep properties were demonstrated to be inferior within the extruded material, in comparison with the base materials (BM), the creep resistances of reinforced samples were always superior to those of purely unreinforced AZ91D-T6. The strength of the reinforced joint in both tensile and compressive

  3. Boiler materials for ultra supercritical coal power plants

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    Purgert, Robert [Energy Industries of Ohio, Independence, OH (United States); Shingledecker, John [Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States); Pschirer, James [Alstom Power Inc., Windsor, CT (Untied States); Ganta, Reddy [Alstom Power Inc., Windsor, CT (Untied States); Weitzel, Paul [The Babcock & Wilcox Company, Baberton, OH (United States); Sarver, Jeff [The Babcock & Wilcox Company, Baberton, OH (United States); Vitalis, Brian [Riley Power Inc., Worchester, WA (United States); Gagliano, Michael [Foster Wheeler North America Corp., Hampton, NJ (United States); Stanko, Greg [Foster Wheeler North America Corp., Hampton, NJ (United States); Tortorelli, Peter [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-12-29

    materials selection and application under a range of conditions prevailing in the boiler. A major effort involving eight tasks was completed in Phase 1. In a subsequent Phase 2 extension, the earlier defined tasks were extended to finish and enhance the Phase 1 activities. This extension included efforts in improved weld/weldment performance, development of longer-term material property databases, additional field (in-plant) corrosion testing, improved understanding of long-term oxidation kinetics and exfoliation, cyclic operation, and fabrication methods for waterwalls. In addition, preliminary work was undertaken to model an oxyfuel boiler to define local environments expected to occur and to study corrosion behavior of alloys under these conditions. This final technical report provides a comprehensive summary of all the work undertaken by the consortium and the research findings from all eight (8) technical tasks including A-USC boiler design and economics (Task 1), long-term materials properties (Task 2), steam- side oxidation (Task 3), Fireside Corrosion (Task 4), Welding (Task 5), Fabricability (Task 6), Coatings (Task 7), and Design Data and Rules (Task 8).

  4. Corrosion evaluation of friction stir welded lap joints of AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy%AA6061-T6合金搅拌摩擦焊搭接接头的腐蚀性能评价

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    Farhad GHARAVI; Khamirul A. MATORI; Robiah YUNUS; Norinsan K. OTHMAN; Firouz FADAEIFARD

    2016-01-01

    HAZ regions do not show more tendencies to pitting corrosion. Corrosion resistance of parent alloy is higher than that for the weldments, and the lowest corrosion resistance is related to the heat affected zone. The pitting attacks originate from the edge of intermetallic particles as the cathode compared with the Al matrix due to their high self-corrosion potential. It is supposed that by increasing intermetallic particle distributed throughout the matrix of weld regions, the galvanic corrosion couples are increased, and hence decrease the corrosion resistance of weld regions.

  5. Efecto del procedimiento de soldadura sobre las propiedades de uniones soldadas de aceros microaleados para cañería Welding procedure effect on the properties of microalloyed steel welded joints for metal fabrication

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    Mónica Zalazar

    2009-03-01

    through Tekken tests at different temperatures, according to JIS Z 3158 standard. Pipes of these materials were used to carry out girth weldments utilizing different welding processes. Two welding procedures were designed: a all the welds with SMAW; b first bead with GMAW-CO2 shielding and the rest of them with FCAW-S. The welding procedures were qualified according to API 1104 Code. The results of metallographic studies and mechanical tests (tensile properties, Charpy-V and hardness showed welding consumable influence as well as that of the base metal on the properties of the joints. Consumables from different origins and same specification also generated different results. From the combinations used optimal conditions were determined for welding of these steels.

  6. Scattering of guided SH_wave by a partly debonded circular cylinder in a traction free plate

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    WANG; Xiaomin

    2001-01-01

    [1]Ying, C.F., Truell, R., Scattering of plane longitudinal wave by a spherical obstacle in an isotropically elastic solid, J.Appl.Phys., 1956, 27(9): 1086.[2]Norris, A.N., Yang, Y., Shear wave scattering from a debonded fiber, in Elastic Waves and Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation (eds.Datta, S.K., Achenbach, J.D., Rajapakes, Y.S.), Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1990, 437-440.[3]Sinclair, A.N., Anddison, R.C., Acoustic diffraction spectrum of a SiC fiber in a solid elastic medium, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1993, 94(2): 1126.[4]Huang, W., Brisuda, S., Rokhlin, S.I., Ultrasonic wave scattering from fiber_matrix interphases, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1995, 97(2): 807.[5]Huang, W., Wang, Y.J., Rokhlin, S.I., Oblique scattering of an elastic wave from a mutilayered cylinder in a solid: Transfer_matrix approach, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1996, 99(5): 2742.[6]Lu, Y., Guided antiplane shear wave propagation in layers reinforced by periodically spaced cylinders, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1996, 99(4): 1937.[7]Rokhlin, S.I., Diffraction of Lamb waves by a finite crack in an elastic layer, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1980, 67(4): 1157.[8]Rokhlin, S.I., Resonance phenomena of Lamb waves scattering by a finite crack in a solid layer, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1981, 69(4): 922.[9]Abduljabbar, Z., Datta, S.K., Shah, A.H., Diffraction of horizontally polarized shear waves by normal cracks in a plate, J.Appl.Phys., 1983, 54(2): 461.[10]Rokhlin, S.I., Lamb wave interaction with lap_shear adhesive joints: theory and experiment, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1991, 89(6): 2758.[11]Al_Nassar, Y.N., Datta, S.K., Shah, A.H., Scattering of Lamb waves by a normal rectangular strip of weldment, Ultrasonics, 1991, 29(2): 125.[12]Alleyne, D.N., Cawley, P., The interaction of Lamb waves with defects, IEEE Trans.Ultrason Ferroelectr.Frequency Control, 1992, 39(3): 381.[13]Nielsen, E.D., Scattering by a cylindrical post of complex permittivity in a waveguide, IEEE Trans.on Microwave Theory and

  7. Local reinforcement of magnesium components by friction processing. Determination of bonding mechanisms and assessment of joint properties

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    Pinheiro, G.A. [GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung

    2008-07-01

    powered friction welding machine, originally designed and built as a portable stud welding unit, delivering up to 40 kN welding force and 8000 rpm. All welds were monitored, analysed and evaluated using a purpose-built data recording system. AZ91, AE42 and MRI230D magnesium grades were used in the experimental programme. The results obtained in the course of this study have shown the feasibility of FHPP to produce high strength welds with mechanical properties comparable to those of the base material. Defects, such as porosity or lack of bonding, were not observed. Furthermore, the welding pressure rather than the upsetting was found to have a major influence in the final weldment. The influence of process parameters on heat generation and bonding quality is similar to that known from rotational friction welding. It could be demonstrated that for dissimilar MRI230D to AZ91D and for similar AZ91D to AZ91D welds, the consumable member is fully plasticised across the bore of the hole and throughout the thickness of the workpiece. However, for AE42 to AZ91D welds, the stud was not completely plasticised across the bore of the hole and significant microstructural changes were restricted to a narrow area around the bonding line. Hardness profiles indicate a substantial reduction in scattering, as soon as the stud material is reached. Hardening or softening phenomena were not observed. Transverse tensile and pull-out testing confirmed the feasibility of the process to produce high strength welds, with failures taking place outside the welded area in most of the cases. Joint performance, in terms of creep and bolt load retention, was also tested and showed promising results. Although creep properties were demonstrated to be inferior within the extruded material, in comparison with the base materials (BM), the creep resistances of reinforced samples were always superior to those of purely unreinforced AZ91D-T6. The strength of the reinforced joint in both tensile and compressive

  8. Materials Degradation in Light Water Reactors: Life After 60,???

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    Busby, Jeremy T [ORNL; Nanstad, Randy K [ORNL; Stoller, Roger E [ORNL; Feng, Zhili [ORNL; Naus, Dan J [ORNL

    2008-04-01

    susceptibility for most components and may introduce new degradation modes. While all components (except perhaps the reactor vessel) can be replaced, it may not be economically favorable. Therefore, understanding, controlling, and mitigating materials degradation processes are key priorities for reactor operation, power uprate considerations, and life extensions. This document is written to give an overview of some of the materials degradation issues that may be key for extend reactor service life. A detailed description of all the possible forms of degradation is beyond the scope of this short paper and has already been described in other documents (for example, the NUREG/CR-6923). The intent of this document is to present an overview of current materials issues in the existing reactor fleet and a brief analysis of the potential impact of extending life beyond 60 years. Discussion is presented in six distinct areas: (1) Reactor pressure vessel; (2) Reactor core and primary systems; (3) Reactor secondary systems; (4) Weldments; (5) Concrete; and (6) Modeling and simulations. Following each of these areas, some research thrust directions to help identify and mitigate lifetime extension issues are proposed. Note that while piping and cabling are important for extended service, these components are discussed in more depth in a separate paper. Further, the materials degradation issues associated with fuel cladding and fuel assemblies are not discussed in this section as these components are replaced periodically and will not influence the overall lifetime of the reactor.

  9. The normal state of high temperature oxide superconductor

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    ZHANG; Liyuan

    2001-01-01

    [1]Ying, C.F., Truell, R., Scattering of plane longitudinal wave by a spherical obstacle in an isotropically elastic solid, J.Appl.Phys., 1956, 27(9): 1086.[2]Norris, A.N., Yang, Y., Shear wave scattering from a debonded fiber, in Elastic Waves and Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation (eds.Datta, S.K., Achenbach, J.D., Rajapakes, Y.S.), Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1990, 437-440.[3]Sinclair, A.N., Anddison, R.C., Acoustic diffraction spectrum of a SiC fiber in a solid elastic medium, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1993, 94(2): 1126.[4]Huang, W., Brisuda, S., Rokhlin, S.I., Ultrasonic wave scattering from fiber_matrix interphases, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1995, 97(2): 807.[5]Huang, W., Wang, Y.J., Rokhlin, S.I., Oblique scattering of an elastic wave from a mutilayered cylinder in a solid: Transfer_matrix approach, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1996, 99(5): 2742.[6]Lu, Y., Guided antiplane shear wave propagation in layers reinforced by periodically spaced cylinders, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1996, 99(4): 1937.[7]Rokhlin, S.I., Diffraction of Lamb waves by a finite crack in an elastic layer, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1980, 67(4): 1157.[8]Rokhlin, S.I., Resonance phenomena of Lamb waves scattering by a finite crack in a solid layer, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1981, 69(4): 922.[9]Abduljabbar, Z., Datta, S.K., Shah, A.H., Diffraction of horizontally polarized shear waves by normal cracks in a plate, J.Appl.Phys., 1983, 54(2): 461.[10]Rokhlin, S.I., Lamb wave interaction with lap_shear adhesive joints: theory and experiment, J.Acoust.Soc.Am., 1991, 89(6): 2758.[11]Al_Nassar, Y.N., Datta, S.K., Shah, A.H., Scattering of Lamb waves by a normal rectangular strip of weldment, Ultrasonics, 1991, 29(2): 125.[12]Alleyne, D.N., Cawley, P., The interaction of Lamb waves with defects, IEEE Trans.Ultrason Ferroelectr.Frequency Control, 1992, 39(3): 381.[13]Nielsen, E.D., Scattering by a cylindrical post of complex permittivity in a waveguide, IEEE Trans.on Microwave Theory and

  10. Kekasaran dan Morfologi Hasil Pengelasan TIG Baja Tahan Karat 316 dengan Kadar Sulfur Berbeda

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    Abdullah Shahab

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The presence of impurities in stainless steel can unexpectedly create a problem in welding. The difference of a small amount of impurities, from heat to heat, can induce the inconsistency in welding especially in automatic welding. This study is conducted to asses the influence of sulfur content of the steel on morphology of weld which is represented by the variation of weld pool and surface roughness of weld. The effect of sulfur on surface roughness of weld is studied in TIG welding of 316 stainless steels with different sulfur content. The influence of sulfur on the weld geometry, characterized by the ratio of depth and width of the weld (D/W, is studied in welding with various parameters. The variation of the weld geometry is conjointly studied in relation to the surface roughness of weldment. The effect of sulfur is also studied using a stationary arc with different current and duration. The variation of the diameter of a circular pool and the degree of protuberance which possibly emerged beneath the specimen is related to the sulfur content of the steel. The results of the study show the salient effect of sulfur on the surface roughness of weld. The surface roughness of steel with high sulfur content always more perturbed than that of steel with lower one; the different movement of liquid, characteristic of these two steels is posited to explain the difference. Greater degree of roughness is accompanied by a greater value of the ratio D/W. The results of the study with stationary arc show some points of a paramount importance. The effect of sulfur which hitherto considered advantageous to the formation of a weld with a higher ratio of D/W, turn out to be effective only in a specific range of welding parameters. In a different range, the weld geometry is more influenced by the arc characteristic, the anode spot. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia: Keberadaan elemen impuritis dalam baja tahan karat seringkali tanpa diduga bisa menimbulkan masalah

  11. Measurement of groove features and dimensions of the vertical test cathode and the choke joint of the superconducting electron gun cavity of the Energy Recovery LINAC

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    Hammons, L.; Ke, M.

    2011-10-13

    vertical test cathode, the geometry of these grooves was altered, presenting the possibility that multipacting may, in fact, be occurring in this area and contributing to the low gradients that have been observed in the fine-grain cavity. Therefore, the Survey and Alignment group in C-AD engaged in measurements of the cavity joint, shown in Figure 2 and the cathode weldment, shown in Figure 3 for the purpose of characterizing the grooves in both the cavity and the vertical test cathode and comparing the dimensions of the cathode with those of the prints supplied by Advanced Energy Systems (AES), the original designer and manufacturer of both the test cathode and the electron gun cavity, in preparation to have a new one manufactured. The goal was to ensure that the articles as built matched the design prints in preparation for manufacturing a new vertical test cathode. This report describes the data collected by the Survey group in these efforts. The endeavor was challenging for the group given the millimeter-scale dimensions of the grooves and the requirement for high precision.

  12. Innovative Tools Advance Revolutionary Weld Technique

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    2009-01-01

    (no toxic smoke or shielding gas, liquid metal splatter, arcing, dangerous voltage, or radiation), and environmentally sound (no consumables, fumes, or noise) than fusion welding. Under computer control, an automated FSW machine can create welds with high reproducibility, improving efficiency and overall quality of manufactured materials. The process also allows for welding dissimilar metals as well as those metals considered to be "unweldable" such as the 7xxx series aluminum alloys. Its effectiveness and versatility makes FSW useful for aerospace, rail, automotive, marine, and military applications. A downside to FSW, however, is the keyhole opening left in the weld when the FSW pin tool exits the weld joint. This is a significant problem when using the FSW process to join circumferential structures such as pipes and storage containers. Furthermore, weld joints that taper in material thickness also present problems when using the conventional FSW pin tool, because the threaded pin rotating within the weld joint material is a fixed length. There must be capability for the rotating pin to both increase and decrease in length in real time while welding the tapered material. (Both circumferential and tapered thickness weldments are found in the space shuttle external tank.) Marshall engineers addressed both the keyhole and tapered material thickness problems by developing the auto-adjustable pin tool. This unique piece of equipment automatically withdraws the pin into the tool s shoulder for keyhole closeout. In addition, the auto-adjustable pin tool retracts, or shortens, the rotating pin while welding a weld joint that tapers from one thickness to a thinner thickness. This year, the impact of the Marshall innovation was recognized with an "Excellence in Technology Transfer Award" from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

  13. GH 99镍基合金薄板电子束焊接头疲劳性能研究%Study on Fatigue Property of Electron Beam Welded Joint of GH9 9 Nickel-based Alloy

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    张航; 孙通伯; 于明玄

    2014-01-01

    basically the same as the GH99 nickel-based superalloy base metal.The analysis of fatigue S-N curves in two kinds of electron beam welding process shows that the appropriate increase of electron beam welding current can reduce the welding defects of weldment,and improve the fatigue properties of electron beam welded joint and improve the fatigue life of welded joint.

  14. Creep of A508/533 Pressure Vessel Steel

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    Richard Wright

    2014-08-01

    allowed by Code Case N-499-2 (now incorporated as an appendix to Section III Division 5 of the Code). This Code Case was developed with a rather sparse data set and focused primarily on rolled plate material (A533 specification). Confirmatory tests of creep behavior of both A508 and A533 are described here that are designed to extend the database in order to build higher confidence in ensuring the structural integrity of the VHTR RPV during off-normal conditions. A number of creep-rupture tests were carried out at temperatures above the 371°C (700°F) Code limit; longer term tests designed to evaluate minimum creep behavior are ongoing. A limited amount of rupture testing was also carried out on welded material. All of the rupture data from the current experiments is compared to historical values from the testing carried out to develop Code Case N-499-2. It is shown that the A508/533 basemetal tested here fits well with the rupture behavior reported from the historical testing. The presence of weldments significantly reduces the time to rupture. The primary purpose of this report is to summarize and record the experimental results in a single document.

  15. Influence of composition on precipitation behavior and stress rupture properties in INCONEL RTM740 series superalloys

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    Casias, Andrea M.

    Increasing demands for energy efficiency and reduction in CO2 emissions have led to the development of advanced ultra-supercritical (AUSC) boilers. These boilers operate at temperatures of 760 °C and pressures of 35 MPa, providing efficiencies close to 50 pct. However, austenitic stainless steels typically used in boiler applications do not have sufficient creep or oxidation resistance. For this reason, nickel (Ni)-based superalloys, such as IN740, have been identified as potential materials for AUSC boiler tube components. However, IN740 is susceptible to heat-affected-zone liquation cracking in the base metal of heavy section weldments. To improve weldability, IN740H was developed. However, IN740H has lower stress rupture ductility compared to IN740. For this reason, two IN740H modifications have been produced by lowering carbon content and increasing boron content. In this study, IN740, IN740H, and the two modified IN740H alloys (modified 1 and 2) were produced with equiaxed grain sizes of 90 ìm (alloys IN740, IN740H, and IN740H modified 1 alloys) and 112 µm (IN740H modified 2 alloy). An aging study was performed at 800 °C on all alloys for 1, 3, 10, and 30 hours to assess precipitation behavior. Stress rupture tests were performed at 760 °C with the goal of attaining stress levels that would yield rupture at 1000 hours. The percent reduction in area was measured after failure as a measure of creep ductility. Light optical, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy were used in conjunction with X-ray diffraction to examine precipitation behavior of annealed, aged, and stress rupture tested samples. The amount and type of precipitation that occurred during aging prior to stress rupture testing or in-situ during stress rupture testing influenced damage development, stress rupture life, and ductility. In terms of stress rupture life, IN740H modified 2 performed the best followed by IN740H modified 1 and IN740, which performed similarly, and IN740

  16. Numerical Modeling of Enhanced Nitrogen Dissolution During Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

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    Palmer, T A

    2001-08-17

    transport of nitrogen within the weldment by convection and diffusion. A mathematical model, which combines calculations describing each of these processes into a single model, has been developed here. The validity of this model has also been tested by comparing the modeling results with those from a series of GTA welding experiments with pure iron.

  17. Review and Assessment of SCC Experiments with RPV Steels in Oskarshamn 2 and 3 (ABB Report SBR 99-020)

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    Seifert, Hans-Peter; Ritter, Stefan [Paul Scherrer Inst., Laboratory for Materials Behaviour, Villigen (Switzerland). Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Dept.

    2005-11-15

    depend on the main dendrite orientation, the distribution of grain boundary misorientation in the weld, the plastic weld shrinkage strain and residual stress levels/profiles with respect to the RPV, as well as on the extent of dilution between weld and base metal or possibility of susceptible microstructures/excessive hardness in the weld HAZ, etc. Thus analysis of weld metallurgy/residual stress profiles of relevant Inconel 182 attachment welds and claddings could eventually help to identify regions with the highest risk. If further reactor site testing is considered, the authors would place the focus on tests under BWR/NWC conditions with Inconel 182-RPV weld joints with fatigue pre-crack-tips close to the fusion line and realistic initial K{sub I} values to study the crack extension to the RPV over prolonged periods. Tests with specimens with crack planes parallel to fusion boundary or weld configurations with more favourable dendrite orientations or Inconel 82 weldments could complete the testing programme. If possible, some specimens should also be tested In lab experiments under comparable environmental conditions and active external loading with continuous online crack length measurements by DCPD. Although there is no direct evidence from the field, with respect to SCC risks in RPVs, the effect of chloride excursions on SCC crack growth in RPV steels under BWR/NWC conditions, and in particular the possibility of long-term effects after severe and prolonged transients, should be further evaluated. Long-term tests with bolt-loaded specimens and moderate chloride contents of 5 to 20 ppb could complete such a testing programme. Studies on the possible interaction between chloride and oxide films/repassivation in HT water could help to better understand the effect of chlorides on the SCC behaviour.

  18. Efeito do formato de onda e gás de proteção sobre a taxa de fusão e geometria do cordão na soldagem MIG/MAG-PV Effect of waveform and shielding gas on melting rate and bead geometry for MIG/MAG-PV

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    Alexandre Saldanha do Nascimento

    2012-03-01

    /MAG-PV with great potential for overlaying and root pass applications, it is fundamental to assess the effect of process parameters on the bead formation and wire-burn rate, specially the latter, since higher melting rate is achieved by this process during negative polarity. Therefore, this work aims to assess the effect of two different waveforms previously investigated, in which current pauses before and after the main pulse during positive polarity (this condition leads to better stability. The shielding gas effect was also investigated for the bead geometry (width, penetration and reinforcement, melting rate, deposition rate and deposition efficiency. Bead-on-plate weldments were carried out over SAE 1020 carbon steel with MIG/MAG-PV welding at 30 and 50% of time in negative polarity. The employed shielding gases were Ar+2%O2, Ar+5%O2, Ar+8%CO2 and Ar+15%CO2. The arc length was kept approximately the same during the runs by varying the wire-feed speed. Also, the relationship between wire-feed speed and travel speed was kept constant in order to keep the same amount of deposited material. It is possible to conclude that the better understanding on the relationship among bead geometry, parameters and consumables leads to assure a desired bead profile, in accordance with a given application. Moreover, the melting rate analysis allows selecting more coherent parameters and consumables to assure lower material losses and high productivity.

  19. Metodologia de baixo custo para levantamento de diagramas CCT em soldagem Low-cost methodology for obtaining CCT welding diagrams

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    Louriel Oliveira Vilarinho

    2010-09-01

    metallurgical problems, which is specific for each material and, therefore, demands dedicated and time-consuming study. Specifically, metallurgical transformations in the HAZ (Heat Affected Zone can occur and lead to microestructural changes such as grain growth, fragile structures presence, cracking, among others. The HAZ is a difficult region for studying due to its small dimensions, where its properties are defined basically by the base metal characteristics and the factors that affect the thermal cycle of the process. Thus, in order to overcome this limitation of the HAZ study, there are in the literature different proposes of HAZ-simulator machines, which uses the Joule effect for heating specific coupons that cool down by conduction and convection. This approach intends to simulate the thermal cycle in a "real" HAZ obtained in a "real" welding. Comercial simulators are available at very high costs. Therefore, the development of a low-cost machine is welcome. In a previous study, the proposition and construction of this machine, based on the modification of resistance spot welding equipment, was carried out and the first coupons were fabricated in a cylindrical geometry. Although the machine provides sufficient energy, the use of traditional coupons with cylindrical geometry presents restrictions of portraying the "real" case, i.e., the welding. In the cylindrical geometry option, the obtained thermal cycles do not present temperature gradients closer to the ones in "real" weldments. Hence, to overcome this limitation, finite elements modelling was carried out and different coupon geometries were simulated. The objective is to reach thermal cycles as close as possible to the ones obtained in a "real" situation. A database of different geometrical features was achieved by using the finite element analyses. This database was used as the input of model regression analyses by using statistical ANOVA. The empirical resulting model was employed as the input of an optimization

  20. Modeling of plasma and thermo-fluid transport in hybrid welding

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    Ribic, Brandon D.

    Hybrid welding combines a laser beam and electrical arc in order to join metals within a single pass at welding speeds on the order of 1 m min -1. Neither autonomous laser nor arc welding can achieve the weld geometry obtained from hybrid welding for the same process parameters. Depending upon the process parameters, hybrid weld depth and width can each be on the order of 5 mm. The ability to produce a wide weld bead increases gap tolerance for square joints which can reduce machining costs and joint fitting difficulty. The weld geometry and fast welding speed of hybrid welding make it a good choice for application in ship, pipeline, and aerospace welding. Heat transfer and fluid flow influence weld metal mixing, cooling rates, and weld bead geometry. Cooling rate affects weld microstructure and subsequent weld mechanical properties. Fluid flow and heat transfer in the liquid weld pool are affected by laser and arc energy absorption. The laser and arc generate plasmas which can influence arc and laser energy absorption. Metal vapors introduced from the keyhole, a vapor filled cavity formed near the laser focal point, influence arc plasma light emission and energy absorption. However, hybrid welding plasma properties near the opening of the keyhole are not known nor is the influence of arc power and heat source separation understood. A sound understanding of these processes is important to consistently achieving sound weldments. By varying process parameters during welding, it is possible to better understand their influence on temperature profiles, weld metal mixing, cooling rates, and plasma properties. The current literature has shown that important process parameters for hybrid welding include: arc power, laser power, and heat source separation distance. However, their influence on weld temperatures, fluid flow, cooling rates, and plasma properties are not well understood. Modeling has shown to be a successful means of better understanding the influence of