STP1222: The Effect of Loading Rate on Rapid Crack Propagation in Polyethylene Pipes

    Brown, N
    Professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Lu, X
    Senior Scientist in Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Pages: 9    Published: Jan 1994


    Abstract

    The effect of loading rate on the production of rapid crack propagation (RCP) was investigated in tensile loaded notched specimens 127 mm long taken from a gas pipe. It was found that the stress intensity to initiate fracture was independent of loading rate, but was slightly greater at 10°C than at 28°C. The initiation of rapid fracture occurred at a critical loading rate and rapid long range fracture (RCP) occurred at a 50% higher loading rate. It was not possible to produce RCP at 28°C with the available equipment. The input energy to initiate rapid fracture was about 10 times the input energy to produce RCP, long range rapid fracture.

    Keywords:

    Rapid fracture, gas pipes, loading rate, KIC, notched specimen, crack propagation


    Paper ID: STP12678S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F17.26

    DOI: 10.1520/STP12678S


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