CORROSION RESISTANCE OF UNS S31803 STAINLESS STEEL WELDED JOINTS
Keywords:Duplex Stainless Steel, Corrosion, Welding, Post Welding Heat Treatment, Shielding gas
The corrosion resistance of duplex stainless steel welded joints is affected by different parameters such as filler metal chemical composition, heat input, shielding gas composition and post welding heat treatment temperature. In most cases such parameters interact with each other so that it is very difficult to foresee their effect on corrosion resistance of welded joints without specific experimental tests. In this work the best combination of shielding gas composition and post welding heat treatment temperature that guarantees the corrosion resistance of the joint according to ASTM A932, method C, was found. Two shielding gases were tested during welding, Ar (100%) and a mixture of Ar (87%), He (10%) and N (3%), while the solution temperatures were 1050 °C and 1070 °C. It was found that only the samples welded with the mixture of Ar (87%), He (10%), N (3%) as shielding gas and solution heat treated at 1070 °C passed the corrosion test completely.