Q345R steel is the most commonly used material in fabrication of the pressure vessels and boilers in China, due to its excellent properties. In 2010, ASME code case 2642 accepted Q345R steel for use in construction of pressure vessels. The code case specified impact test exemption curve A for the impact test requirements for Q345R. However, this provision severely limits the application of this material at low temperature, since most of the minimum design metal temperature (MDMT) of curve A is above the freezing point. In this paper, a series of tests (such as uniaxial tensile test, impact test, and fracture toughness test) were carried out at low temperature to investigate the mechanical properties of Q345R steel plates with thickness of 36–80 mm. This study of low temperature usage of Q345R steel was conducted using the fracture mechanics assessment procedure of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. The fracture toughness is given by master curve (MC) method in the transition regime. The results show that Q345R can be used at lower temperature and that classifying Q345R steel into curve D is appropriate.
Applicability of the ASME Exemption Curve for Chinese Pressure Vessel Steel Q345R
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received August 6, 2014; final manuscript received May 13, 2015; published online August 6, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Allen C. Smith.
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Cui, Q., Hui, H., and Li, P. (August 6, 2015). "Applicability of the ASME Exemption Curve for Chinese Pressure Vessel Steel Q345R." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. December 2015; 137(6): 061602. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4030673
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