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A Simple Estimating Method for Reduction of Welding Residual Stresses in Thick Welded Joint From Stress-Relief Annealing—Part II: The Characteristics of Reduction of Welding Residual Stresses in Very Thick Joints During SR Treatment

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K. Nakacho, Y. Ueda

Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Mihogaoka 11-1, Ibaraki, Osaka 567, Japan

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 121(1), 11-16 (Feb 01, 1999) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2883659 History: Received July 17, 1997; Revised July 28, 1998; Online February 11, 2008

Abstract

Stress-relief annealing (SR treatment) is often applied to relieve welding residual stresses in the fabrication process of pressure vessels, etc. This study aims at development of an efficient method as simple as hand calculation to estimate reduction of residual stresses of very thick welded joint by SR treatment. In the first report, an estimating method was developed for relaxation tests, in uniaxial stress state, at changing and constant temperatures because the stress relaxation phenomenon is considerably similar to that observed in the SR treatment of a joint. In this report, the stresses relaxed by SR treatment in a very thick welded joint are analyzed accurately by the finite element method based on thermal elastic-plastic-creep theory. The characteristics of the changes of the welding residual stresses in multiaxial stress state are studied in detail for further development of the estimating method to SR treatment of a very thick welded joint, of which the stress state and boundary condition are very complex.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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