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Establishment of Cold Wire Addition Technology® in Multiwire Submerged Arc Welding for Line Pipe Manufacturing to Improve the Weldment Quality

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Ramakrishnan Mannarsamy, S. K. Shrivastava, Piyush Thakor, Gautam Chauhan, S. K. Joshi, Ram Korada

Welspun Corp Ltd, Gujarat, India

Paper No. IOGPC2015-7957, pp. V001T02A003; 11 pages
  • ASME 2015 India International Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference
  • ASME 2015 India International Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference
  • New Delhi, India, April 17–18, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5646-8
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


For achieving high productivity multiple wire submerged arc welding such as tandem wire, three wires and five wires submerged arc welding was introduced in recent past years. Due to adding of additional wires in a pipe mill faced process difficulties such as controlling the current supply to each wire and further challenges for consumable design in order to give effective slag characteristics and bead shape control at these higher welding speeds and heat inputs. To gain maximum productivity, welding speed must be as fast as possible (in excess of 2 m/min) consistent with reliable high speed wire feeding and the characteristics of the SAW flux considering these factors in determining the balance of heat input, penetration, bead shape, dilution, weld metal chemistry and mechanical properties such as toughness. Steels containing high strength low alloying elements like Manganese, Molybdenum, Titanium and boron have favorable physical properties such as higher subzero toughness, resistance to improve the mechanical properties because of which there is substantial saving in the material. High strength low alloy steels materials are utilized in offshore and onshore at critical services. However, such benefits can be exploited provided these steels can be welded with appropriate development of welding process such as cold wire addition® in multi wires with process controller using WINCC programmer, Z5 version to give better weldments, which will not compromise the integrity, and operating condition. To obtain higher productivity and quality, it is necessary to develop a welding procedure for butt joint of line pipe steels. This paper describes the recent work carried out by Welspun, in this regard to establish the welding procedure using GMAW and submerged arc welding process and evaluation of mechanical properties. Macro and micro structural analysis were also made to characterize the weld metal properties.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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