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24th October 2014 - - 0 comments

Question:

My auditor has just rejected my BS EN 287-1 Butt Weld stating that the standard only allows radiography. Are they correct?

Answer:

If they are auditing against the requirements of BS EN 287-1 : 2011 alone then technically they are wrong to state this!

Test methods for a Butt Weld are stated in Table 11 and this gives the option of any of the following testing routes after Visual Examination (by the UKAS Laboratory) has been performed;

  • Radiographic Examination
  • Ultrasonic Examination
  • Bend Testing
  • Fracture Testing

Note - Sub clauses in Table 11 dictate when and where certain tests should be used and when they need to be supplemented by other tests.

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6th June 2014 - - 0 comments

Q. I'm looking to do a Butt and a Fillet weld test in plate against BS EN 287-1 : 2011. Is there a minimum size that the test pieces should be?


A. Yes there is a minimum size. Para 6.2 and Figures 1 to 4 in the standard give the minimum dimensions required for all test pieces. In answer to your specific question: The minimum size of a Butt weld in plate should be 300mm x 125mm x t and the minimum dimensions for a Fillet weld in Plate should be 150mm x 125mm x t. (t = parent material thickness)

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