Abstract

Correlations between Charpy energy transition temperatures and other fracture mechanics parameters have been widely used for many years in steel failure analysis and design. The primary value transferred often has been a transition temperature, such as the 27 J transition temperature. This approach does not consider the scatter in the transition temperature or in the overall Charpy data. This work uses a scatter assessment tool developed by Orynyak et al. and applies it to a wider variety of steels and weldments to see whether it can provide a second parameter to be transferred to fracture assessment. Examples include pipeline steel and structural steel, as well as weldments in both the weld metal and heat-affected zone. While Charpy transition scatter is expected to be high in heat-affected zones, examples can be found in base metals with similarly high scatter.

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