Consideration on the Toughness Requirement to the Austenitic Weld Metal in the LNG Storage Tanks Subjected to a Partial Height Hydro Test
PD7777 published by British Standard Institute in 2000 proposes an additional fracture requirement to the main steel components of the low temperatures storage tank where a partial height hydrostatic test is allowed instead of the full height hydrostatic test required in BS 7777. In the PD7777 a high level (75J) of fracture toughness is required for the austenitic weld metal in 9%Ni steel plate to prevent the re-initiation of ductile fracture from the arrested brittle crack in the weld. This is to report a study that the J-Cv correlation of austenitic weld metal is determined by the experimental data obtained from the actual weld joints in 9%Ni steel plate in order to assess a rational toughness requirement to the austenitic weld metal employed in the 9% Ni made LNG storage tanks. From this study it is concluded that fracture toughness of 75J is too conservative and 50J is adequate. Further some FEM analyses were performed to verify the validity of the weld surrounded by the large amount of heterogeneous base metal in the yield strength distribution.
T. Chandra, N. Wanderka, W. Reimers , M. Ionescu
T. Kawabata et al., "Consideration on the Toughness Requirement to the Austenitic Weld Metal in the LNG Storage Tanks Subjected to a Partial Height Hydro Test", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 638-642, pp. 3679-3686, 2010