Crack initiation in pipe grade polyethylene

Wen Zhou, B. H. Choi, Alexander Chudnovsky

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Abstract

Crack initiation in pipe grade polyethylene is studied using a circular notch specimen (CNS) under constant load. The specimen geometry and loading conditions are selected in a way that the crack becomes unstable and leads to almost instant fracture after initiation. Therefore the time of crack initiation practically coincides with easily recorded time to failure. The crack initiation takes place within a process zone (PZ) coplanar with the notch and extending from the front of the notch. Two sub-zones are distinguished within PZ. The first, located in the frontal part of PZ comprises of a planar set of micro cavities within a thin strip of material coplanar with the notch. The second, constituting the rest of PZ, consists of micro fibers and membranes resulting from cold drawing of the material between the cavities. With time creep & degradation of micro fibers and membranes leads to crack initiation. Results of experimental observation and an approach to modeling of crack initiation in CNS are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages2485-2489
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2006, ANTEC 2006 - Charlotte, NC, United States
Duration: 2006 May 72006 May 11

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OtherSociety of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2006, ANTEC 2006
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte, NC
Period06/5/706/5/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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    Zhou, W., Choi, B. H., & Chudnovsky, A. (2006). Crack initiation in pipe grade polyethylene. 2485-2489. Paper presented at Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference 2006, ANTEC 2006, Charlotte, NC, United States.