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I agree with Bill, and add:


This appears to be a situation where a specialized welding engineer and metallurgist should be involved, and not simply left in the hands of structural engineers and codes of practice.


Don’t forget that the rate of cooling determines the microstructures which are developed in the steel, and these affect the strength, ductility and notch toughness of the steel in the vicinity of the welded joint. The rate of cooling therefore needs to be controlled. Irrespective of any welding the low temperatures are also going to affect the serviceability and strength of the steel, the possibility of brittle fracture needs to be considered and guarded against.




Steven CONRAD Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust


Roy Harrison & Associates

Consulting Engineers (Structural)

PO Box 104

Para Hills

SA 5096

South Australia

tel: 8395 2177

fax: 8395 8477


From: Scott, William N [mailto:William.N.Scott(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, 23 February 2007 05:54
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Cold weather welding




Welding at these temperatures usually requires weather protection. I also suspect that you should be using materials certified for low temperatures. We do this by specifying Charpy Notch Testing at the expected low temperature for structural steel, weld materials, and weld procedures.


You base the welds on AWS D1.1 and work with your welding engineer to develop the welding procedures.




From: Dave Lowen [mailto:jatech(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2007 7:37 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Cold weather welding



Could anyone supply me with a link or technical document(s) regarding SMAW procedures and inspection of welding of structural steel where the ambient and steel temperature is between -30C and -60C?



Dave Lowen

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