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Experimental Investigation of Ductile Tearing Properties for API X70 and X80 Pipeline Steels

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Maurício Carvalho Silva, Claudio Ruggieri

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Eduardo Hippert, Jr.

Petrobrás, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Paper No. PVP2005-71147, pp. 87-94; 8 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4191-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This work presents an investigation of the ductile tearing properties for API 5L X70 and X80 pipeline steels using experimentally measured crack growth resistance curves (J-R curves). Testing of the pipeline steels employed compact tension (C(T)) fracture specimens to determine the J-R curves based upon the unloading compliance method using a single specimen technique in accordance with the ASTM E1820 standard procedure. Conventional tensile tests and Charpy V-Notch tests were also performed to determine the mechanical and impact properties for the tested materials. Severe splitting running parallel with the crack propagation path with varied lengths was observed in all tested fracture specimens, particularly for the API X80 material. The occurrence of splits makes the determination of JIc and resistance curves more difficult, as delamination of interfaces positioned normal to the crack front decreases the effective thickness of the test piece, inducing plane stress conditions deep inside the specimen. This experimental characterization provides additional toughness and mechanical data against which the general behavior of X70 and X80 class pipeline steel can be compared.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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