Failure Analysis of X80 Line Pipe’s Circumferential Weld
1 CNPC Bao Ji Oilfield Machinery Co.,LTD, Bao Ji Shaanxi, 710002, China
2 CNPC Tubular Goods Research Institute, Xi’an Shaanxi, 710077, China
One 530mm X80 pipeline weld failed infrequently in service process. This paper gives a systematic analysis in consideration of both material quality and loading condition. Inspection was performed on chemical composition, mechanical performance, metallograghy and micro-morphology. The result shows that weld joint’s leakage failure accident is fatigue failure. Under the effect of tensile- tensile stress fatigue stress, fatigue crack originated from weld fusion line near the pipe body and developed along the weld. Porosity defect in the weld reduced its bearing capacity, and promoted the formation and development of the fatigue crack. Fatigue strength and fatigue life of the weld has great relationship with the size and distribution of porosity. The greater the porosity, the more close to surface, the decrease of fatigue life is more obvious.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2016
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