Assessment of the effect of girth weld flaws on pipeline integrity requires knowledge of a number of factors: pipe geometry, applied loads, flaw size, and pipe mechanical properties. Of the latter, strength and toughness are the primary factors. Toughness has conventionally been measured using specimens tested in bending to maximize constraint. While this gives a conservative estimate of toughness, it would be better to use a test that would reveal the toughness in constraint conditions typical of girth weld flaws: namely, relatively shallow flaws loaded in tension. Consequently, there is a trend to evaluate toughness using pre-cracked single-edge-cracked tension (i.e. SE(T)) specimens, and one procedure has already been standardized. However, this procedure requires the use of multiple specimens to generate a resistance curve. With the objective of devising a more economical test, a single-specimen procedure has been developed at CANMET. The viability of this procedure has been assessed by means of a round robin involving test and research laboratories from around the world. In this presentation, the results of the round robin will be presented and discussed.

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