Abstract

Type 304L stainless steel alloy is known to be highly resistant to solidification cracking. In the present case the particular design of the welded seams in a simple 200 litre water tank, along with the likely manner in which the closing welds were made, has led to an interesting example of interdendritic hot cracking in 304L GTA welded using a 309L filler metal. The paper presents a short introduction to hot cracking in austenitic stainless steels and uses the fractographic evidence to demonstrate that this form of cracking has occurred. The cracking has occurred primarily from excessive residual restraint stresses arising from weld -fit-up and welding practice, combined with the particular sequence of welds made in finally closing the tank.

DOI

10.1016/j.engfailal.2020.104614

Publication Date

2020-05-25

Publication Title

Engineering Failure Analysis

Volume

115

ISSN

1350-6307

Embargo Period

2021-05-28

Organisational Unit

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

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