Abstract

Because of the need for a better understanding of the effect of Arctic low temperature environments on the mechanical behavior of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels, a comparative study has been undertaken to evaluate the effect of low temperature on the mechanical properties of two candidate steels, columbium-molybdenum “acicular ferrite” HSLA steel and high-columbium HSLA steel. The paper presents the data relating to the effect of low temperature on the mechanical properties, namely, dynamic fracture toughness KId properties, through instrumented impact testing of precracked Charpy V-notch samples and cyclic properties of the two steels. It also discusses the results in terms of their significance to material specification, selection, and performance criteria for safe and economical transportation of petroleum resources from the Canadian Arctic.

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