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Modeling Viscoelastic Behavior of Polyethylene Pipe Stresses
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • Ömer Bilgin, University of Dayton
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Polyethylene pipes are commonly used for new and existing pipeline systems. The stresses developed in the polyethylene pipes affect the behavior of other pipe materials in the system to which they are connected. The overall behavior of the pipeline depends on the soil-pipe interaction characteristics; however, understanding and modeling the polyethylene pipe stresses as a first step without the influence of other factors is necessary. Laboratory tests were performed to investigate the time-dependent stress relaxation behavior of polyethylene pipe under mechanical and thermal loading conditions. Analytical methods using convolution integrals and numerical modeling using finite elements were used to model stress relaxation behavior monitored during the tests performed. The results show that the pipe thermal stresses are significantly less than the design stresses typically used by utility companies. In addition, linearly viscoelastic material characterization can be used to predict polyethylene pipe behavior for the range of stresses expected to occur in buried polyethylene pipes exposed to thermal loading. This article presents the test results as well as analytical and numerical results for modeling and predicting stresses in polyethylene pipes.
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American Society of Civil Engineers
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Ömer Bilgin. "Modeling Viscoelastic Behavior of Polyethylene Pipe Stresses" Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering Vol. 26 Iss. 4 (2014)
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