The Welding Research Council, Inc.

About WRC


WRC succeeds. Its record reflects the dedication and expertise of the WRC, PVRC and MPC committee members and the adaptability of the WRC structure. Committees identify the areas in which joining pressure vessel technology and materials properties must be advanced and provide a forum for the exchange, evaluation, and dissemination of the pertinent technical information. Time, talent, and funds are focused and committed - ruled solely by the technical significance of the problem at hand.


WRC publications - records of important progress in welding design, fitness-for-service, environmental effects, and material properties - are applications-oriented and provide specific recommendations based on validated technology. Over 500 WRC Bulletins convey the knowledge gained from diverse sources at the cost of millions of dollars.


The Forum of Choice


FOR: Equipment Fabricators, Engineering Companies, Electric Utilities, Petroleum and Chemical Companies, Materials Producers, Designers, Owners of Pressure Vessels, Codes and Standards Developers, Regulatory Bodies, Scientific and Technical Organizations, and Consultants.


Cooperative Research


Minimizing cost per organization while extending necessary research and development to meet important objectives for corporations is the goal. Cooperative research is the key to advanced technology, improved efficiency, and increased productivity - the least cost for the maximum benefit.


The Welding Research Council brings together science and engineering specialists in developing solutions to problems in welding and pressure vessel technology. They exchange knowledge, share perspectives, and guide R & D activities. The Council organizes and manages the needed cooperative programs.


The Council is the focal point for those prepared to pursue needed research; address unresolved technical issues; consider new approaches; examine published and unpublished test results; develop new test methods; and seek understanding.


Maximized Returns


The WRC cooperative approach and procedures for leveraging funds yield:


  • Validated technology, economically developed
  • No duplication of effort
  • No replication of available data
  • Best use of talent, time, and dollars

Technology - Advanced and Improved


Since its founding in 1935, more than 1000 WRC projects, programs, and studies have led to new and improved


  • Joining materials
  • Design concepts
  • Processes and procedures
  • Inspection methods
  • Codes, standards, and specifications
  • Life assessment tools
  • Materials properties databases
  • Damage Models
  • Validated fitness-for-service concepts

University Research


Recipients of WRC grants to universities decades ago are today's leaders in industry and academia. Supporting the interaction of academia and industry, the Council enlarges and enriches the pool of talent industry can draw upon in the search for advanced joining and pressure vessel technology. New and innovative research encourages broader programs. Practical experience at the university level in WRC programs has produced scientists and engineers who join industry and the technical community ready to contribute.



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