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In a shipyard one of the two posts of a loading gear fractured under a comparatively small load at the point where it was welded into the ship’s deck. The post consisted of several pipe lengths that were produced by longitudinal seam welding of 27 mm thick sheets. The sheet metal was a construction steel of 60 to 75 kp/sq mm strength. Thick-walled parts of steels of such high strength must be preheated to approximately 200 deg C along the edges prior to welding to minimize the strong heat losses by the cold mass of the part. In the case under investigation this either was not done at all or the preheating was not high enough or sufficiently uniform. This damage was therefore caused by a welding defect.

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