Determination of relationship between weld quality and mechanical strength in different steels

Soylu, Osman Alper
This study has been conducted to establish a relation between welding quality and strength in various types of steel. This because specification of quality levels higher or lower than required leads to an increase in manufacturing cost. A procedure has been developed to achieve the above objective. In this procedure EN 25817, EN 288-1 and similar welding and nondestructive testing standards have been taken as a basis. Furthermore, effort has been exerted to ensure that welding is performed in a manner that reflects the actual conditions encountered in the industry to the extent possible. The same principles have been pursued in material selection, and the materials have been selected from the low-carbon manufacturing steel types (St37, St44 and St52) that are frequently used in steel construction, boiler manufacturing and similar manufacturing areas. The welded pieces manufactured in accordance with the established procedure have been tested through radiographic and ultrasonic examination methods to check whether they conformed to the welding quality standards set in the procedure. v Quality levels B and C of the EN 25817 standard have been selected for this study. The sizes of potential defects of quality levels have been defined within this standard. In this study, plates with weld seam that has no defect have been used for Quality level B and plates with weld seam having gas pores in sizes specified in the relevant standard have been used for Quality level C. After this stage, the pieces have been subjected to mechanical tests and their strength values have been identified. Thereby, the association between welding quality and strength has been established, enabling us to specify which strength values can be achieved in specific welding quality levels.


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Citation Formats
O. A. Soylu, “Determination of relationship between weld quality and mechanical strength in different steels,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.