Low temperature tensile properties of line pipe steels

  • Harold Tubex (Ghent University)
  • Koen Van Minnebruggen (Ghent University)
  • Wim De Waele (Ghent University)


Given the expected increase in Arctic oil and gas exploitation, there is a demand for high-strength line pipe steels able to cope with the Arctic climate. The state-of-the-art of the tensile properties of API 5L steels at low temperatures is reviewed and discussed. Well-known characteristics such as an increase in strength and Young’s modulus with decreasing temperatures are confirmed. The Y/T ratio is fairly unaffected by changes in temperature. Lüders elongation manifests itself at low temperatures where the Lüders plateau tends to increase. Conflicting statements about the relation between ductility and temperature were found. Altogether, quantifiable test results are scarce, especially for the high strength grades from API 5L X90 grade onwards. The urgent need for more tensile strength and ductility data of these steels at low temperatures is stated and defended.

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Tubex, H., Van Minnebruggen, K. & De Waele, W., (2015) “Low temperature tensile properties of line pipe steels”, International Journal of Sustainable Construction and Design 6(3), 8. doi:

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Published on
07 Oct 2015
Peer Reviewed