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Effects of Microstructure and Texture on DWTT Properties for High Strength Line Pipe Steels

[+] Author Affiliations
Takuya Hara, Yasuhiro Shinohara, Hitoshi Asahi

Nippon Steel Corporation, Futtsu, Chiba, Japan

Yoshio Terada

Nippon Steel Corporation, Kimitsu, Chiba, Japan

Paper No. IPC2006-10255, pp. 245-250; 6 pages
  • 2006 International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 3: Materials and Joining; Pipeline Automation and Measurement; Risk and Reliability, Parts A and B
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 25–29, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4263-0
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The crack arrestability for high strength line pipe steels with tensile strength of 650 to 850 MPa was evaluated using precrack DWTT (pc-DWTT). Moreover, the effects of microstructure and texture on pc-DWTT energy were investigated. The pc-DWTT energy was remarkably affected by tensile strength. The pc-DWTT energy of ferrite and bainite/martensite dual phase steels was much higher than that of bainite single phase steels in comparison with the same tensile strength. The {100} plane is a cleavage plane in iron, so the brittle crack mainly propagates along the {100} plane. Bainte single phase steels indicated a high intensity of the {100} on the plane rotated 40° from the rolling plane with the axis of the rolling direction. On the other hand, ferrite and bainite/martensite dual phase steels indicated not only a high intensity of the {100} plane rotated 40° from the rolling plane, but also a high intensity of the {100} plane parallel to the rolling plane. Slant fracture could be easily formed by the high intensity of the {100} on the plane rotated 40° from the rolling plane if local brittle areas such as martensite and austenite constituent (M-A constituent), which became the initiation point of brittle fracture, existed. In contrast, separation tended to be formed by the high intensity of the {100} plane parallel to the rolling plane that was caused by the formation of ferrite and bainte/martensite dual phase microstructure. Thus, pc-DWTT energy and shear area were remarkably affected by microstructure and texture. Therefore, to control microstructure and texture is vay important for the improvement of pc-DWTT properties.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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