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Influence of Weld Mismatch on the Structural Integrity of Pipes for Reeling

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Gustavo M. Castelluccio, Sebastian Cravero, Hugo A. Ernst

Tenaris Group, Campana, Argentina

Paper No. PVP2008-61393, pp. 1339-1346; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4829-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Structural integrity analysis of tough materials based on Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics (EPFM) has been successfully employed in the assessment of components. EPFM has originally been developed for homogeneous materials and its applicability to inhomogeneous materials has some peculiarities. In particular, Fitness for Service design of welded pipes requires to know the weld fracture toughness and to estimate accurately the J-integral applied on the actual structural member. In this work, finite element analyses of simulated welds have been carried out in order to qualify and quantify the lack of accuracy of experimental methodologies for measuring fracture toughness of welds and the influence of welds on the applied J-integral in a pipe under bending. Different weld widths and cracks positions are characterized for single edge notch specimens in tension (SE(T)) and pipes. It has been found that inhomogeneity affects elastic-plastic fracture parameters for cracks centered in welds of certain widths. Moreover, the applied J-integral on pipes with circumferential cracks depends significantly on the weld width and crack position.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Pipes



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