The objective of this research is to describe the consequence of thermal ratcheting on the long-term creep property of HDPE material. The thermal ratcheting phenomenon amplifies significantly the creep strain of HDPE in comparison to the steady creep strain under constant temperature. The magnitude of creep strain of HDPE increases by 8% after just 20 thermal cycles between 28 and 50°C. The creep modulus which is inversely proportional to the creep strain depletes further under thermal ratcheting. Both properties change significantly with the number of thermal cycles. The coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of HDPE varies with the applied compressive load, with successive thermal cycles and with the thermal ratcheting temperature. The impact of thermal ratcheting diminishes with increase in initial steady creep exposure time-period but still the magnitude cumulative damage induced is noteworthy. The magnitude of growth in creep strain drops from 8 to 2.4% when thermal ratcheting is performed after 1 and 45 days of steady creep, respectively. There is a notable change in thickness of the material with each heating and cooling cycle even after 45 days of creep however, the thermal ratcheting strain value drops by 80% in comparison to thermal ratcheting strain after 1 day of creep and under similar test conditions.

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