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CE Welder Prolongation

CE Welder Prolongation

CE Welder Prolongation

According to EN287-1 a welders qualifications need to be prolonged every 2 years by testing of two samples within a 6 month period prior to their expiry date. My question is if the qualification originally required the testing of 4 pipe samples because of their diameter and per the requirements of ASME Section IX, are the samples required for prolongation (2) sets of the original (4) pipe samples for a total of (8)or just (2) samples of material that falls within the original qualification range? Our Inspection Agency is insiting that we need to provide (8) samples and the way EN-287 reads it sounds like only (2) are required.

Can anyone clarify this - Thanks in advance for any guidence anyone can give.

RE: CE Welder Prolongation

2 only required - see clause 9.3 (d)
"except for thickness and outside pipe diameter"
Welder just has to reproduce the original weld on any pipe diameter

RE: CE Welder Prolongation

msutherland, we deal with (the prolongation of) these type of welder qualifications too. For the 6 month prolongation, I just write down in my welder prolongation map that the welder has done his job, and I preferably do this by referring to a drawing or NDO report to show he did his job (good). This shows better proof to the NoBo for the 2 yearly prolongation, and is in accordance with EN 287 para 9.2 and 9.3a).
For the 2 yearly prolongation (i.e. after 3 periods of 6 months have passed), it's sufficient (I know this from dealing with e.g. Lloyd's register) to submit 2 samples for the prolongation. These 2 samples are RT-ed. Prolongation for another 2 year then is a fact.
That's what EN-287 says too, see EN-287;2004 9.3 b), and EN-287:2011 9.3b). No way around it.
I suggest you make these 2 welds on the diameter and thickness you also made the pWPS (thus qualified on).

RE: CE Welder Prolongation

Thank You Kiwi2671 & XL83NL for your responses. Let me also note that our original test was using (4) pieces of 3/8" x .083" tube to meet the requirements of QW-304.1 to get the minimum 6" inches of weld for testing. We are being told we need to use (4) of these samples for (2) different prolongation tests within that 6 month window. Is this the case or do we only have to do (2) test samples of tube or pipe that fall within the requirements of 9.3(d)?

Thanks Again

RE: CE Welder Prolongation

msutherland, see QW-322.2 of ASME IX 2011a addenda. It doesnt require, to my intepretation, 4 pieces of weld samples.
Our Nobo ask the same for an ASME IX qualificaton renewal as they do for EN 287; just 2 pieces of weld sample, as mentioned in my previous reply.
We've never had problems with this and the NoBo for re-qualification. Other (major) companies I know of do the same and have done it always successfull.

Ask the guy who says you need 4 samples where it's written in the Code its a requirement.


RE: CE Welder Prolongation

XL83NL, I think what they are indicating is that in QW-322.2(b) it indicates that for small diameter pipe or tube that the total number of circumferences need not exceed four (pieces).
Just out of curiosity what Inspection Agency do you use?

RE: CE Welder Prolongation

Lloyd's register, DNV

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