Mechanical behavior of welded and un-welded polyethylene pipe materials

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP

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The primary objective of the present paper is to depict the mechanical behavior of high density polyethylene, HDPE, pipes to provide the designer with reliable design data relevant to practical applications. Therefore, it is necessary to study the effect of strain rate and specimen configuration on the mechanical behavior of welded and un-welded pipes made from HDPE. Tensile tests are conducted on specimens longitudinally cut from the pipe with thickness (10, and 30 mm), at different crosshead speeds (5-500 mm/min), and different gauge lengths (20, 25, and 50 mm) to investigate the mechanical properties of welded and un-welded specimens. Butt-fusion, BF, welding method is used to join the different parts of HDPE pipes. In the case of test specimens taken from un-welded pipe a necking phenomenon before failure appears at different locations along the gauge section. On the other hand, the fracture of welded specimens almost occurs at the fusion zone. At lower crosshead speeds the fracture of welded specimen occurs in all specimen configurations at the fusion zone. The present experimental work reveals that the crosshead speed has a significant effect on the mechanical behavior of both welded and un-welded specimens. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.

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