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Truck Mounted Double Service Rig Steel Mast in Low Temperatures

Sparta Truck Mounted Double Service Rig Steel Mast in Low Temperature

The ductile brittle transition temperature is the minimum temperature in which a given material has the ability to absorb a specific amount of energy without fracturing.

As temperatures decrease, a material’s ability to deform in a ductile matter decreases. This is usually measured using on a case-by-case basis using a Charpy impact test. This is particularly important in Canada as temperatures often fall below -20 degrees and into a zone where common structural steels start to behave in a brittle matter. The danger from this is that brittle failure comes quickly and without much warning.  Extra safety precautions should be taken when working in crane or oilfield applications.

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