API RP 6HT
Heat Treatment and Testing of Carbon and Low Alloy Steel Large Cross Section and Critical Section Components
|Publication Date:||1 June 2013|
This recommended practice (RP) may supplement the API equipment specifications for carbon and low alloy steel large cross section and critical components. The recommend practice described herein suggests the requirements for batch-type bath quench and water spray quench-type heat treating practices.
Heat treatment is a critical process that must be appropriate and controlled in order to produce parts that comply with design requirements. Per API 6A, "The properties exhibited by the QTCs shall represent the properties of the thermal response of the material comprising the production parts it qualifies. Depending upon the hardenability of a given material, the QTC results might not always correspond to the properties of the actual components at all locations throughout their cross section."
The specified mechanical properties may not necessarily be required or achieved through the entire section thickness of the production part(s). These procedures are intended to provide the manufacturer and end user with a means of ensuring that the qualification test coupon (QTC) is more representative of the mechanical properties in a large cross section component than can be expected with a standard API equipment specification QTC. Furthermore, these procedures are intended to provide to optimize the heat treatment and heat treatment response of large cross section components, thereby insuring that the component has the required mechanical properties at the depth below the surface established by the manufacture at all critical locations.
It should be noted that the required mechanical properties as established by the manufacturer may be different from the mechanical properties required by the API equipment specification.
This recommended practice is intended to supplement the heat treatment and testing requirements found in the API equipment specification and not to replace them altogether.