Mechanical Testing Requirement as per ASME BPVC Section IX

In this article we will discuss about the required mechanical testing as per ASME BPVC Section IX for qualifying a groove weld PQR (Procedure Qualification Record), Location from where specimen to be taken, purpose and acceptance of mechanical testing.

Testing Requirement:

The type and number of test specimen required to qualify a groove weld PQR is provided in QW-451; Table QW-451.1 provided the type and number of test specimen required as per the thickness of the test coupon used to qualify the PQR. As per Table QW-451.1 tensile and transverse guided bend specimens are mandatory to be tested to qualify a groove weld PQR.

Purpose of Mechanical Tests:

Its obvious mechanical testing of PQR is performed to check the mechanical properties of the weld. But it’s also important to know the purpose of different testing required as per section IX, QW-141 specifies the purpose of different test as per section, we have summarized below only for tensile and bend test purpose

Tension Test: Tension test are done to determine the ultimate strength of the groove weld joints.

Guided Bend Test: Guided bend test is done to determine the degree of soundness and ductility of groove weld joints.

Number of Specimen Required:

Table QW451.1 also specifies the number of tensile and guided bend specimen to be tested to qualify a groove weld PQR. Number of specimen required depends on the thickness of the test coupon. We have summarized the required below from various clauses of ASME BPVC section IX,

  1. Tensile Specimen: Regardless of the thickness of the test coupon for qualifying the PQR, two number of tensile specimen are mandatory to be tested. Tensile test specimen shall be drawn as per QW151, Reduced Section Tensile specimen for Plate & Pipe : Specimen taken for testing shall be full thickness specimen when T ≤ 25mm.

Whenever thickness is above 25mm either you can test full thickness specimen or if due to tensile machine testing capacity limitation full thickness specimen can’t be tested, multiple tensile specimen can be taken in lieu of full size specimen, when multiple specimen are necessary, the entire thickness shall be mechanically cut into a minimum number of equal strips that can be tested on available machine.

QW-151.1 Reduced Section Plate , Pipe
500

Each specimen shall be tested and shall meet minimum strength requirements as specified in the section. Whenever multiple specimens are taken all of the specimens required to represent the full thickness of the weld at one location shall comprise a set.

  • Bend Specimen: GuidedBend test specimen quantity depends upon the thickness of the test coupon as specified in table QW-451.1. For thickness less than 10mm two face bend and two root bend specimen are mandatory to be tested, for thickness above 10mm but less than 19mm either  two face bend and two root bend specimen or four side bend test specimen are mandatory to be tested. For thickness equal and above 19mm four side bend tests are mandatory to be tested. For materials which have elongation less than 3% macro-each specimen required to use in lieu of guided bend test.

Transverse Side Bend Test: One side of the weld surfaces becomes convex of bend specimen. 

Transverse Face Bend Test: Weld Face surface becomes the convex side of bent specimen.

Transverse Root Bend Test: Weld Root surface becomes the convex side of bent specimen.

Location of Specimen for Mechanical Testing:

Specified number of specimen in Table QW-451.2 for tensile and guided bend test to be drawn from test coupon as per the location specified in ASME BPVC section IX. Fig. QW-463.1(a) to QW-463.1(e) for plate and pipe test coupon. The fig. are given below for quick reference

Acceptance of Mechanical testing

Tension Test:  Acceptance criteria for tensile test as per section IX is specified in QW153 and minimum tensile required in specified in table QW/QB-422. Tensile test is acceptable as per section IX if below mentioned requirements are met,

Tensile specimen tensile strength shall not be less than the below mentioned

a)      The Minimum specified tensile strength of the base material.

b)      The minimum specified tensile strength of weaker of the two, if base metal of different tensile strengths is used.

c)       Minimum specified tensile strength of the weld if construction code allow use of weld with less tensile strength at room temperature compared to base metal

d)      If the specimen breaks in the base metal outside of the weld or weld interface, the test shall be accepted as meeting the requirements, provided the strength is not more than 5% below the minimum specified tensile strength of the base metal.

Tensile Strength  = Maximum Load/ Area of Specimen

 Examples for above tensile test acceptance criteria

Base Metal (Minimum specified T.S.)Welding Electrode (Minimum specified T.S.)Tensile Specimen T.S.Result Acceptable/ UnacceptableReason
SA-516 Gr. 60) (415MPa)E7018 (490MPa)520MPaAcceptable as per (a)Specimen strength is higher than Base metal & Weld Metal strength
SA-516 Gr. 60) (415MPa) to SA-516 Gr. 70 (485Mpa)E7018 (490MPa)460Mpa (Broken at SA-516 Gr. 60 Side)Acceptable as per (b)Specimen strength is higher than Base metal strength of weaker of the two
SA-516 Gr. 70 (490MPa)E6013 (430MPa)460MPa (Broken at Weld)Acceptable as per (c)Specimen strength is higher than weld metal strength but less than base metal strength if construction code allow use of weld with less tensile strength at room temperature compared to base metal than acceptable
SA-516 Gr. 70 (490MPa)E6013 (430MPa)460MPa (Broken at Weld)Unacceptable as per (c)Specimen strength is higher than weld metal strength but less than base metal strength, if construction code does not allow use of weld with less tensile strength at room temperature compared to base metal than unacceptable
SA-516 Gr. 70 (485MPa)E7018 (490MPa)475MPa (Broken at SA-516 Gr. 70 Side)Acceptable as per (d)Broken at base material with specimen strength within 5% of base material strength

Guided Bend Test Acceptance:

Groove Weld: The guided‐bend specimens shall have no open discontinuity in the weld or heat‐affected zone exceeding 1/8 in. (3 mm), measured in any direction on the convex surface of the specimen after bending. Open discontinuities occurring on the corners of the specimen during testing shall not be considered unless there is definite evidence that they result from lack of fusion, slag inclusions, or other internal discontinuities.

Weld Overlay : When testing for corrosion‐resistant weld overlay cladding, no open discontinuity exceeding1/16 in. (1.5 mm), measured in any direction, shall be permitted in the cladding, and no open discontinuity exceeding 1/8 in. (3 mm) shall be permitted along the approximate weld interface.

There may be any number of defects as long as any one defect does not exceed 3mm as per interpretation number –IX-81-1.

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11 thoughts on “Mechanical Testing Requirement as per ASME BPVC Section IX”

  1. Subramanyam Sundareshan

    Very good ready reckoner for all the inspectors whenever they visit vendor shops during surveillances, even at site to quickly refer and will eventually avoid show stoppers in quickly accepting and move forward into the progress of the jobs during day to day function.

  2. Sachin Malusare

    Good work… Summarised information from Code ..
    It is helpful for new comers who will be referring ASME Section IX…

  3. Really nice piece of information.
    Every thing is very categorized
    Provided information can be useful to across the class junior to experienced
    Keep posting

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