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Damage Behavior of Joined Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Pipe Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading

[+] Author Affiliations
Pierre Mertiny, Kerstin Ursinus

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Paper No. PVP2007-26774, pp. 499-504; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 3: Design and Analysis
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, July 22–26, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4281-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3804-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Fiber-reinforced polymer composite pipe may provide superior performance in terms of weight and corrosion resistance compared to structures made from conventional engineering materials. Using advanced winding techniques and adhesive bonding, composite tubes of high quality can be manufactured and joined in a cost effective manner. However, the current understanding of the damage mechanisms and long-term behavior of the tubes and joints is limited, thus the prediction of composite pipe performance is currently inadequate. Prior to developing modeling and failure prediction methodologies, it is imperative to identify and describe the types and evolution of damage associated with these structures. The present study is concerned with the monotonic and cyclic damage behavior of adhesively bonded glass-fiber reinforced epoxy polymer tubes. Experimental analyses on small-scale and large-scale specimens were conducted, and results revealed characteristic damage modes for the pipe body and the joint area. It was observed that damage modes and their severity depended on the applied biaxial pipe stress ratio and the type of loading (monotonic or cyclic).

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Fibers , Pipes , Polymers



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