Tischler C.,Federal Testing Center |
Kratochvilla T.R.,Federal Testing Center |
Muschik H.,Federal Testing Center |
Dragaun H.,Federal Testing Center
Macromolecular Symposia | Year: 2010
It is known, that the lifetime of polyethylene pipes is essentially limited by slow crack growth (SCG). For state of the art PE materials common SCG testing methods have reached their limits with respect to extension of testing times. A comparatively new method is the Notched Ring Test (NRT) as developed by Choi et al.  Pipe rings notched at the inner wall are used. The test is carried out in 80 °C water under constant bending load. The arrangement of the notch at the inner wall reduces testing times using the residual stress of extruded pipes. A disadvantage of this method is that there is no clearly defined failure time because SCG takes place between two phases of creeping. The output of this test is an "on-set slow cracking time" (crack initiation), obtained by analysis of the displacement curve. In this work it has been shown that the NRT method yields to brittle fracture within acceptable time frames.  Methods for data analysis are presented. This test could be very useful applied in research and development for resin evaluation and as a tool in quality control in pipe production for evaluating the process conditions. Copyright © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.