This paper reviews the specific testing methodologies implemented for the qualification of mechanized pulsed gas metal arc welding (PGMAW) procedures for strain based design applications. The qualified welding procedures were used during recent construction of an offshore pipeline subject to potential ice scour with an initial design target of 4% tensile strain capacity. This paper addresses the integrated development of linepipe specifications, large scale validation testing, weld procedure development, and finally, the verification of robustness through full scale pressurized testing of actual girth welds on project pipe material. The qualification sequence, from linepipe specification development through final full scale girth weld proof test is described.

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