Date of Award:

Summer 2017

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Nicholas Roberts

Co-Advisor/Chair:

Steve L. Folkman

Third Advisor:

Thomas H. Fronk

Abstract

Many of the projects utilizing Grade 91 steel are large in scale, therefore it is necessary to assemble on site. The assembly of the major pieces often requires welding in the assembly; welding drastically changes the superior mechanical properties of Grade 91 steel that it was specifically developed for. Therefore, because of the adverse effects of welding on the mechanical properties of Grade 91, it is necessary to do a localized post weld heat treatment.

In this study a localized post weld heat treatment is used to gather experimental data. The data is then used to derive unknown heat transfer coefficients that are necessary for theoretically modeling heat treatments. With the derived coefficients that have been found one can theoretically model heat treatment scenarios specific to the situations and provide results that are reliable and provide insight as to what parameters will provide the best results.

This research is very beneficial to the joining of metals industry because it provides a way to ensure the method used to heat treat the welded section is being properly done, and the required heat treatment is achieved. It is applicable to many different geometries so that it can be modified to specific situations.

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