Temperbead welding is common practice in the nuclear power industry for in-situ repair of quenched and tempered low alloy steels where post weld heat treatment is impractical. The temperbead process controls the heat input such that the weld heat-affected-zone (HAZ) in the low alloy steel is tempered by the welding heat of subsequent layers. This tempering eliminates the need for post weld heat treatment (PWHT). Unfortunately, repair organizations in the nuclear power industry are experiencing difficulty when attempting to qualify temperbead welding procedures on new quenched and tempered low alloy steel base materials manufactured to modern melting and deoxidation practices. The current ASME Code methodology and protocol for verification of adequate fracture toughness in materials was developed in the early 1970s. This paper reviews typical temperbead qualification results for vintage heats of quenched and tempered low alloy steels and compares them to similar test results obtained with modern materials of the same specification exhibiting superior fracture toughness.

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