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-consuming, and uncertain reliability. Alternative method is in need to reduce the testing time and 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 the damage effect in effective configuration concept. A three-dimensional (3D) incremental form of a viscoelastic and damage model is derived and implemented by abaqus UMAT. It is found that the curve of tensile displacement versus time, as well as the curve of crack opening displacement (COD) versus time from numerical results fit well with those from the standard Pennsylvania Notch Test (PENT; 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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