Failure assessment was made on cylindrical pressure vessels containing longitudinal weld misalignment performing finite element analysis (FEA) utilizing the Ansys software package. A 20° section of the cylindrical shell wall was modeled utilizing the plane strain element (plane 182) with the longitudinal weld in the centre of section. The weld misalignment was introduced by shifting the position of the cylindrical section on one side of the weld relative to the other section. Failure pressure estimates from FEA based on the global plastic deformation are found to be in good agreement with existing test results on vessels made of Afnor 15CDV6 steel and maraging steels.

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Steel history and its chronological progress have been reviewed from different aspects on many published papers, and books and it can be found on many websites. However, one historical aspect of this topic, which has received limited attention, is the gradual progress in knowledge of controlling cooling rate to get the desirable thermal and mechanical properties for the steel products. This paper presents some evidence of understanding the effect of cooling rate on the material properties from Iron Age era. It also discusses briefly the importance of determining optimimum cooling rate in enhancing the production rate.

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