Practical Failure Analysis

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 56–62 | Cite as

Analysis of porosity associated with Hanford 3013 outer container welds

  • W. L. Daugherty
  • G. R. Cannell
Peer Reviewed Articles


An unacceptable degree of porosity was identified in several closure welds on stainless steel containers for plutonium-bearing materials. The pores developed in the weld tie-in region due to gas trapped by the weld pool during the closure process. This paper describes the efforts to trace the root cause of the porosity to the geometric conditions of the weld joint and establish corrective actions to minimize such porosity.


GTAW porosity type 316L stainless steel 


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    G.R. Cannell, W.L. Daugherty, and M.W. Stokes: “Welds Safeguard Plutonium-Bearing Containers,”Weld. J., July 2002,81(7).Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. L. Daugherty
    • 1
  • G. R. Cannell
    • 2
  1. 1.Westinghouse Savannah River CompanyAiken
  2. 2.Fluor Federal ServicesRichland

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