Cracking of pressure vessels or piping during postweld stress relief or during elevated temperature service is a comparatively recent phenomenon. It became a problem with the austenitic stainless steels in the 1950's, and with the low-alloy constructional steels in the 1960's. Although the vast majority of vessels have given satisfactory service, a few disastrous failures have caused serious concern, and have instigated extensive research into creep and high-temperature microstructural changes in the susceptible alloys. This interpretive report provides a valuable and timely review of this research, and will help engineers to avoid future occurrences of this problem.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Publication of the paper was sponsored by the Interpretive Reports Committee of the Welding Research Council.
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    Welding Research Council

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  • Authors:
    • Meitzner, C F
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

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  • Accession Number: 00128174
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Welding Research Council
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1975 12:00AM