CTOD, Charpy, and wide plate results from welded constructional steels are collected from nine companies. The resulting large data bank is analyzed statistically to identify general trends in properties of welded constructional steels. The present paper uses the data bank to review the effect of post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) on the fracture behavior of the weldments. Analysis shows the beneficial effect of PWHT at all thicknesses. The results are subsequently used to question the normal practice of post-weld heat treating weldments of 50 mm and above in thickness while leaving weldments of below 50 mm thick in the as welded condition. It is suggested that there is no significant difference in as welded fracture properties in weldments until thicknesses are well in excess of 100 mm.

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