Methodology for Durability Analysis of HDPE Pipe

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A. Chudnovsky

Department of CME, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607

K. Sehanobish, S. Wu

The Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX 77541

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 122(2), 152-155 (Dec 15, 1999) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.556165 History: Received August 15, 1999; Revised December 15, 1999
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The creep behavior of the original material separated from Fig. 5
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The creep behavior of the drawn material separated from Fig. 5
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Computer simulation of stress dependence of discontinuous crack layer growth: (a) low stress level of σ=0.25σdr, (b) high stress level of σ=0.75σdr
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SEM image of fracture surface in pipe HG-900529-1. The primary crack initiation site is located at bottom-center in the figure and is near the inner wall of the pipe.
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Large (∼75-μm-dia) particle located at center of main crack initiation site shown in Fig. 1
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Particle size distribution of defect particles observed from fracture surfaces of two pipes with quite different lifetimes (six times difference) under test
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The defect sizes versus the crack sizes in tested pipes
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Optical and SEM pictures of defects and their interfacial adhesion with the matrix; (a) good interfacial adhesion, and (b) poor interfacial adhesion
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Creep behavior of an HDPE material under the stress of drawing stress



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