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The Process For LSAW Steel Pipe

LSAW pipes

LSAW (The Process For LSAW Steel Pipe) in leaflets plate as raw material, the steel plate in the mold or molding machine pressure (volume) into using double-sided submerged arc welding and flaring from production.

Description of Major Processes

a. Plate Utrosonic Inspection: Each plate is first full-plate ultrasonic inspected after entering the process
b. Plate Edge Milling:The Plate edges are milled by Edge Milling Machine to obtain the required width, parallelism and bevel angles;
c. Plate Edge Crimping: The two edges of the plate are crimped at the Crimping Machine to get the required radius;
d. Forming: The first half of the plate is fed step by step into the Pipe Forming Press to form the plate into a" J "shape. Then another half of the plate is pressed step by step to form the plate into" C "shape. The last stroke is to press the plate into an open "O" shape;
e.Continuous Tack Welding: The two edges of the open seam pipe should be brought together by tack welding machine then welded by tack welder using metal active-gas arc welding (MAG) process;
f. Inside Welding: the pipe is welded from inside of the pipe by multipass tandem submerged-arc welding (max. four wires)
g. Outside Welding: The pipe is welded from outside of the pipe by multipass tandem submerged-arc welding;
h. Ultrasonic Testing I: The welded area on both sides of the weld are 100% tested by automatic ultrasonic tester .
i. X-ray Inspection I: The weld of the pipe is 100% checked by X-ray industrial TV system. The image handling system is also equipped to ensure the inspection sensitivity.
j. Expansion: The pipes are subject to full-length expansion to increase the precision of the pipe dimensions and improve the internal stress distribution.
k. Hydraulic Testing: Each pipe is subject to hydro test to ensure that a specified testing pressure according to appropriate standard is met. The functions for automatic recording and storing are equipped with the machine.
l. Pipe Ends Beveling: All pipes qualified from previous testing are subject to pipe end processing to get the required bevel dimension.
m. Ultrasonic Testing II:After expansion & hydro test, each pipe is tested by ultrasonic tester again for any possible defects occurred during the expanding and hydraulic testing process.
n. X-ray Inspection II:
Each pipe after expansion and hydro test is subject to X-ray industrial TV inspection and pipe-end weld filming.
o. The beveling area of the pipes is magnetic particle inspected for any defects.
p.Coating: The qualified pipes are coated for anti-corrosion as per the requirements of customers.
Besides the inspecting items mentioned above, the destructive inspection and other inspection on the plate and pipe such as raw material incoming sample inspection and plate 100% visual inspection according to API standard and other related standards and other special requirements from the customers are also performed. See attachment for the major process chart.

(The main production flow chart refers to the attached drawing)

Major Technical Characters

  I. During the forming process, the deformation of the plate is very uniform and the residual stress is very low and there is less scratch on the surface. The production range on the wall thickness and pipe diameter is very flexible. For the high strength material with small pipe diameter and heavy wall thickness this process has more advantages than other pipe production process. More requirements on the product range from customers can be met.

Ⅱ. The welding can be performed at an optimal position so the welding quality is easy to control because the inside welding and outside welding are performed after the tack welding. The welding defects such as the offset, deflection and lack of penetration are very seldom to occur.

Ⅲ. The full-length mechanical expansion of the pipe can effectively increase dimension precision and improve the internal stress distribution of the steel pipes, thus avoid damage due to stress corrosion. The expanded pipes are very convenient for site application.
Ⅳ.The automatic on-line NDT test,composing of PID control automation,on-line automatic UT and RT nondestructive testing 100% control system guarantees the product quality maximum.




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