Characterization and modeling of slow crack growth behaviors of defective high-density polyethylene pipes using stiff-constant K specimen

Jung Wook Wee, Ilhyun Kim, Min Seok Choi, Sang Kyu Park, Byoung Ho Choi

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Abstract

In this study, slow crack growth (SCG) resistances of defective and normal high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes were measured using the stiff-constant K (SCK) specimen, where the stress intensity factor (SIF) was maintained at a constant value within a certain crack length range. A significantly reduced SCG resistance was observed in the defective pipe; a detailed procedure for evaluating SCG kinetics using the SCK specimen has been provided herein. The results of a fracture surface analysis indicate that the white window patterns, resulting from poor carbon black dispersion, are the main reason for poor SCG performance. In addition, a crack layer (CL) model was derived for the SCK specimen geometry and was compared with experimental results. It was observed that the crack and process zone growth resistance parameters were significantly lower in the case of the defected pipe than those in the case of the normal pipe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106499
JournalPolymer Testing
Volume86
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun

Keywords

  • Crack layer theory
  • Defective pipe
  • Fracture analysis
  • Polyethylene
  • Slow crack growth
  • Stiff-constant K specimen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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