Is the hardness testing survey required as part of the welding procedure qualification for solid solution nickel-based alloys (as addressed in NACE MR0175/ISO 15156-3, A.4) welded with solid-solution nickel-based weld metal?
See A.2.3, MP inquiry #2005-13. This question relates to NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 Part 3, Appendix A, Paragraph A.4.3. Is the hardness testing survey required as part of the welding procedure qualification for solution heat-treated nickel-based alloys welded with solid-solution nickel-based weld metal? In accordance with A.4.3 there are no hardness requirements. A.4.3 Welding solid-solution nickel-based alloys of this materials group. The requirements for the cracking-resistance properties of welds shall apply (see 6.2.2). The hardness of the HAZ after welding shall not exceed the maximum hardness allowed for the base metal, and the hardness of the weld metal shall not exceed the maximum hardness limit of the respective alloy used for the welding consumable. There are no hardness requirements for welding solid-solution nickel-based alloys with solid-solution nickel-based weld metal.
This question is in relation to NACE MR0175/ISO 15156-3 A.4.3
Reference: ISO 15156 Maintenance Panel Inquiry #2006-06