Mechanical Properties for Fracture Analysis of Mild Steel Storage Tasks

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Mechanical properties of 1950's vintage, A285 Grade B carbon steels have been compiled for elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis of storage tanks (Lam and Sindelar, 1999). The properties are from standard Charpy V-notch (CVN), 0.4T planform Compact Tension (C(T)), and Tensile (T) specimens machined from archival steel from large water piping. The piping and storage tanks were constructed in the 1950s from semi-killed, hot-rolled carbon steel plate specified as A285 Grade B. Evaluation of potential aging mechanisms at both service conditions shows no loss in fracture resistance of the steel in either case.Site and literature data show that the A285, Grade ... continued below

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Sindelar, R.L. March 3, 1999.

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Mechanical properties of 1950's vintage, A285 Grade B carbon steels have been compiled for elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis of storage tanks (Lam and Sindelar, 1999). The properties are from standard Charpy V-notch (CVN), 0.4T planform Compact Tension (C(T)), and Tensile (T) specimens machined from archival steel from large water piping. The piping and storage tanks were constructed in the 1950s from semi-killed, hot-rolled carbon steel plate specified as A285 Grade B. Evaluation of potential aging mechanisms at both service conditions shows no loss in fracture resistance of the steel in either case.Site and literature data show that the A285, Grade B steel, at and above approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit, is in the upper transition to upper shelf region for absorbed energy and is not subject to cleavage cracking or a brittle fracture mode. Furthermore, the tank sidewalls are 1/2 or 5/8-inch thick, and therefore, the J-resistance (JR) curve that characterizes material resistance to stable crack extension under elastic-plastic deformation best defines the material fracture toughness. The JR curves for several heats of A285, Grade B steel tested at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature near the average ductile-to-brittle (DBTT) transition temperature (CVN {at} 15 ft-lb), are presented. This data is applicable to evaluate flaw stability of the storage tanks that are operated above 70 degrees Fahrenheit since, even at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, crack advance is observed to proceed by ductile tearing.

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  • 1999 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Boston, MA (USA), 1-5 Aug 1999

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  • Report No.: WSRC-MS-99-00215
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Sindelar, R.L. Mechanical Properties for Fracture Analysis of Mild Steel Storage Tasks, article, March 3, 1999; South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc675788/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.