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This document is not an API Standard; it is under consideration within an API technical committee but has not received

all approvals required to


become an API Standard. It shall not be reproduced or circulated or quoted, in whole or in part, outside of API committee activities except with
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WI 2403 Simulated Post Weld Heat Treatment

This ballot is to add a procedure for testing of simulated post weld heat treatment into API 5C6.

[Note: these are intended to be included, along with WI 1063, in the recirculation of 5C6 before publishing its new edition.]

Part 1:

From WI 1063 that was previously balloted and new section 4.2.4 to be inserted into 5C6, add the
following sentence to 4.2.4.c.6:

These simulated post weld heat treatment (SPWHT) tests shall follow the procedure in Annex X, unless
otherwise agreed.

Part 2:

Add the following annex for simulated post weld heat treatment procedure:

Annex X - Simulated Post Weld Heat Treatment (SPWHT) Procedure

Test Method:

1) The tension test coupons for the SPWHT shall be cut as indicated in Figure 12 and Figure 14 A. of
ASTM E8 for the longitudinal and transverse tension specimen, respectively. Location and orientation
of the specific tests shall be taken from the following positions on the pipe:

a) Pipe Body: T90 or T180, L90 (refer to Figure 5b in API 5L, full size rectangular specimens are to
be used where possible),

b) Seam Weld: W (refer to Figure 5b in API 5L, full size rectangular specimens are to be used where
possible).

2) The transverse coupon shall be heat treated as a full ring or half-moon section.

3) The test coupon for the transverse tension test shall be flattened after performing the SPWHT and the
flattening rate measured as crosshead travel speed shall not exceed 2 inches per second. Flattening
procedure should be identical to the one used for the mill production test or pre SPWHT transverse
tension test.

4) The furnace shall be qualified in accordance with the API 6A annex for qualification of heat-treating
equipment, API 20H, AMS 2750, or another internationally recognized standard.

5) The heat treatment does need to be performed in an atmosphere control furnace and shielding of
specimens is not required.

6) The test coupons shall be measured by use of a contact surface thermocouple. The hold time shall
not commence until the contact surface thermocouple reaches the minimum required temperature.

7) The heat treating charts showing the coupons temperature as measured by the contact surface
thermocouple shall be recorded and included in data packet.

8) The test coupons shall be in the furnace during the ramp up from room temperature.
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9) A ramp up rate of 400F/hour shall not be exceeded. If the actual connector production ramp up rate
is known, it should be used as an aim.

10) The hold temperature shall be 1100 F with a tolerance of -0F + 40F unless otherwise specified
by the purchaser.
11) The minimum time at temperature shall be 3 hours/inch.
NOTE This is intended to cover the standard 1 hour/inch of pipe wall thickness plus the potential for two weld
repairs in the vicinity.

12) The test coupons shall not be removed from the furnace during the ramp down from the hold
temperature.
13) The ramp down rate shall not exceed 500 F/hour until a temperature of 600 F is reached after which
the samples can be air cooled with forced air blowers.
14) The longitudinal and transverse tension specimens dimensions shall be in accordance to Figure 13
ASTM E8 where applicable.
15) The tension test shall be performed in accordance with ASTM E8.
16) SPWHT tension test acceptance criteria for both the longitudinal and transverse tension tests shall
meet the requirements within API 5L for the grade being tested, unless otherwise specified by the
purchaser. If no acceptance criteria exist, the yield strength (0.5 % EUL), tensile strength and
elongation results shall be reported for information only.
17) If specified by the purchaser, surface Brinell (HBW 10/3000) hardness tests in accordance with ASTM
E10 shall be performed pre and post SPWHT on one of the base material tension test specimens
away from the calibrated area for information. The results shall be included in the data packet.
18) If specified by the purchaser Charpy V-notch impact test shall be performed on the pipe body after
SPWHT in accordance with API 5L and ASTM E23. The material shall meet the requirements in API
5L for the grade being tested, unless otherwise specified by purchaser.
19) The following shall be reported in the data packet:
a) heat number and base metal chemistry (full spectrographic),
b) specified diameter,
c) wall thickness,
d) grade,
e) process of manufacture,
f) stress-strain curve,
g) yield strength and method,
h) tensile strength,
i) elongation,
j) heat treat charts,
And if applicable:
k) hardness test results,
l) CvN impact test results.