RESEARCH PAPERS: Vibrations Papers

Cause and Prevention of Stress-Relief Cracking in Quenched and Tempered Steel Weldments

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C. F. Meitzner

Homer Research Laboratories, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 94(1), 336-341 (Feb 01, 1972) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3428144 History: Received January 18, 1971; Online July 15, 2010


The paper reviews the causes and characteristics of stress-relief cracking, i.e., intergranular cracking in the heat-affected zone that occurs during the exposure of welded assemblies to the elevated temperatures produced by postweld heat treatments or high-temperature service. The findings presented are based largely on work at the Homer Research Laboratories with quenched and tempered steels. Means for preventing cracking during fabrication and service are discussed.

Copyright © 1972 by ASME
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