Effect of the crack layer theory parameters on the discontinuous slow crack growth of high density polyethylene under fatigue loading

Abdulla Almomani, Abdel Hamid I. Mourad, Suleyman Deveci

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Abstract

For engineering thermoplastics, particularly high density polyethylene (HDPE), the crack layer (CL) theory is an effective proposition for modeling slow crack growth and predicting their lifetime. Nevertheless, the associated excessive input parameters needed in its implementation sets a difficulty for its use. Therefore, an understanding of the role of each parameter and how they affect the CL growth is needed. The effect of the parameters has been studied in the past, however, under creep conditions only. Their effects under other loading conditions, e.g., fatigue, and geometries, e.g., compact tension (CT) specimen, is still unclear. For instance, increasing the natural drawing ratio λ was found to non-linearly reduce failure time tf, whereas a rise in the drawing stress σdr increased tf which correlates logarithmically with the loading frequency f. Furthermore, tf was found to increase with the transformation energy γtr, specimen thickness B, plane stain elastic modulus E, drawing stress σdr, characteristic time t, and the specific fracture energy γ0. Therefore, outcomes of this work extend the applicability of the CL theory in the design and lifetime prediction of various industrial products within oil and gas, nuclear, automotive, and aerospace.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112579
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Volume286-287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2024

Keywords

  • Crack layer theory
  • Fatigue loading
  • High density polyethylene
  • Lifetime prediction
  • Slow crack growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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