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.
Viscoelastic and Damage Model of Polyethylene Pipe Material for Slow Crack Growth Analysis
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received August 15, 2017; final manuscript received March 9, 2018; published online April 19, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Oreste S. Bursi.
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Zhang, Y., Luo, X., and Shi, J. (April 19, 2018). "Viscoelastic and Damage Model of Polyethylene Pipe Material for Slow Crack Growth Analysis." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. June 2018; 140(3): 031406. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4039699
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