Preparation of Reconstituted Charpy V-Notch Impact Specimens for Generating Pressure Vessel Steel Fracture Toughness Data

    Published: Jan 1982

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    The arc stud welding process has been adapted for use in producing reconstituted Charpy V-notch impact specimens. In this process, each half of a tested and fractured Charpy specimen is used as the central region of a reconstituted specimen. End tabs are joined to one half of a fractured specimen by a specially-designed stud welding apparatus. SA533B-1 and SA508-2 unirradiated and irradiated pressure vessel steel specimens have been produced. Both conventional and precracked reconstituted specimen data have been produced. Both types of data have been shown to be in excellent agreement with original specimen data. The arc stud welding process can therefore be used to increase the amount of data obtainable from a limited number of specimens or to obtain Charpy data when full size specimens cannot otherwise be obtained.


    Charpy impact, radiation effects, pressure vessels, mechanical properties, welding, fracture

    Author Information:

    Perrin, JS
    President and Project Manager, Fracture Control Corporation, Goleta, CA

    Fromm, EO
    Research Scientist, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, OH

    Server, WL
    Engineering Specialist, EG&G Idaho Inc., Idaho Falls, ID

    McConnell, PE
    President and Project Manager, Fracture Control Corporation, Goleta, CA

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34367S

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