Accession Number:

ADA224341

Title:

Development of Low-Carbon, Copper-Strengthened HSLA Steel Plate for Naval Ship Construction

Descriptive Note:

Research and development rept.

Corporate Author:

DAVID TAYLOR RESEARCH CENTER BETHESDA MD SHIP MATERIALS ENGINEERING DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Modern warships designs require an increased utilization of high strength, alloy steel plate for weight reduction, stability, increased payload, and increased mobility. Naval ship structures are subjected to a complex spectrum of loads and service environments, and the structural steels and welding materials used in hull fabrication must demonstrate high fracture toughness for these extreme service conditions. The welding of HY-series high strength steels, traditionally used in Navy ship construction, requires a number of fabrication controls to prevent weld cracking, which result in high fabrication costs. The Navy initiated the HSLA steel program with a goal of reducing ship-building costs. This report describes the development and certification of Cu-strengthened HSLA steels which are weldable with reduced parameter control particularly preheat,, and provide high strength, high toughness, and high quality weldments. HSLA-80 steel MIL-S-24645 was certified for use in ship construction after an extensive program demonstrated that the low carbon, copper precipitation strengthened steel met the performance requirements of HY-80 steel, but was readily weldable without preheat. Lower fabrication costs and higher productivity in construction were realized. jes

Subject Categories:

  • Metallurgy and Metallography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE