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SECTION IX

Subject
QW-100.3 and QW-200.2, Procedure Qualication Record Time Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . QW-200.4, Combination of Welding Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . QW-403.6, QW-451, and QW-401.3; Notch Toughness Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . QW-403.9, Base Metal Thickness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Interpretation
IX-04-10 IX-04-08 IX-04-04 IX-04-09

File No.
BC04-601 BC03-1770 BC03-1246 BC04-065

Interpretation: IX-04-04 Subject: QW-403.6, QW-451, and QW-401.3; Notch Toughness Testing Date Issued: September 15, 2003 File: BC03-1246 Backgraound: A WPS is supported by three PQRs. Two PQRs are recorded on 12-mm and 28.5-mm thick coupons using tensile, bend, and impact testing specimens. A third PQR was made using 5-mm thick plate using the same welding parameters, but only impact specimens were tested. Question (1): May these PQRs be combined to support a WPS for welding 2.5 mm through 57 mm material requiring notch toughness testing? Reply (1): No. Question (2): May these three PQRs be combined to support welding base metal thicknesses of 4.8 mm through 57 mm with or without notch toughness? Reply (2): Yes. Note: This interpretation originally appeared in Volume 54. The WP in Question (1) has been corrected by Errata to read WPS.

Interpretation: IX-04-08 Subject: QW-200.4, Combination of Welding Procedures Date Issued: April 1, 2004 File: BC03-1770 Question: A combination weld process PQR was qualied using the GTAW for the root pass, SMAW, and SAW. May this PQR support a WPS for welding with only one or two of the processes shown on the PQR? Reply: Yes, provided the following are met: (a) The remaining essential, nonessential, and supplementary essential variables, when applicable, are applied. (b) The base metal and deposited weld metal thickness limits of QW-451 are applied.

Interpretation: IX-04-09 Subject: QW-403.9, Base Metal Thickness Date Issued: April 1, 2004 File: BC04-065 Question: An EGW procedure was qualied on 38-in. thick base material completing the weld joint in one single pass. Is the WPS qualied to make a weld deposit greater than 12 in., in one pass, in base metal greater than 12 in. in thickness? Reply: No.

Interpretation: IX-04-10 Subject: QW-100.3 and QW-200.2, Procedure Qualication Record Time Limits Date Issued: June 10, 2004 File: BC04-601 Question: Is there a time limit on the validity of a PQR? Reply: PQRs always remain valid but may only be used to support WPSs, provided they meet the requirements of the 1962 or later Edition of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section IX. See QW100.3.