Polyethylene (PE) pipe is widely used for oil and gas transportation. Slow crack growth (SCG) is the main failure mechanism of PE pipes. Current SCG resistance testing methods for PE pipes have significant drawbacks, including high cost, time-comsuming and uncertain reliability. Alternative method is in need to reduce the testing time and/or cost. In this paper, a numerical model is proposed by taking the viscoelastic and damage effect of PE material into account. The material behavior is described on the basis of linear viscoelastic integral constitutive model, along with damage effect in effective configuraion concept. Three dimensional incremental form of damage viscoelastic model is derived and implemented by ABAQUS UMAT. It is found that the curve of tensile displacement via time, as well as the curve of crack opening displacement via time from numerical results fit well with those from the standard PENT test (ASTM 1473). Based on the proposed model, SCG failure process is analyzed, and the effects of damage parameters on SCG process are furtherly studied and discussed.

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