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API5L Sample Criteria

API5L Sample Criteria

API5L Sample Criteria

Is there somewhere within API5L that states that samples taken for mechanical testing represent the final product? My customer is ordering API5L X65Q material, and wants me to prove that the samples tested are post heat treat. My obvious thought was yes, but I need the actual verbiage from a specification. Any help please!

RE: API5L Sample Criteria

The MTR should report the HT condition along with properties.

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RE: API5L Sample Criteria

Yes, the MTRs to report that. And while I understand that the mechanical testing represents the final product, the customer is hung up on me proving "when" the mechanical testing takes place in relation to the heat treatment.

RE: API5L Sample Criteria

If the MTR says that it was heat treated then it was heat treated.
Their question is nonsense.
Is there a statement in API5L that pertains to reporting or certification? Look there.

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RE: API5L Sample Criteria

If you can't produce traceability records that satisfy the purchaser (which you should be able to do with ISO 9001/API Q1), then send them a few test piece remnants and they can check the microstructure.

Steve Jones
Corrosion Management Consultant


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RE: API5L Sample Criteria

Hi rbradshaw2021,peace

Heat Treatment of Pipe mentioned as "Delivery Condition" in API 5L. this heat treatment may performed during plate manufacturing. pipe forming or heat treatment of produced pipe which stated in plate/pipe documents and included in Pipe grade designation.

for instance, in X65Q grade, Q means that the pipe has quenched and tempered in one of 3 above mentioned steps.

if you want to prove type of heat treatment you can refer the client to plate/pipe manufacturing documents or take a sample and check microstructure by metallography examination.

Best Regards,

RE: API5L Sample Criteria

The way to do that is for your customer to set up a quality program . They then hire third party witnesses to be at the mill and sign off at various steps in production ; as defined in their QA specification. They may include an audit of the mills QC program before they place an order.

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