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Influence of Crack Orientation and Crosshead Speed on the Fracture Toughness of PVC Pipe Materials

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T. M. El-Bagory, L. A. Abdel-Latif

Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

M. S. El-Fadaly

Suez Canal University, Port Said, Egypt

M. Y. A. Younan

American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Paper No. PVP2004-2266, pp. 111-118; 8 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2004 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Elevated Temperature Design and Analysis, Nonlinear Analysis, and Plastic Components
  • San Diego, California, USA, July 25–29, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4667-9
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


In many modern engineering application designers and manufactures of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes are interested in the evaluation of fracture toughness under several operation conditions. The aim of the present work is to investigate the fracture toughness of commercial amorphous thermoplastic PVC materials used in pipes applications. The experimental work is carried out using three different specimens types: Taper Double Cantilever Beam (TDCB), Three Point Bend (TPB), and Compact Tension (CT). Tests are conducted on specimens with thickness (17,20,22, and 26 mm), longitudinal and transverse extrusion orientations, at different crosshead speeds (50–500 mm/min) to calculate the fracture toughness of PVC pipe materials. The experimental work has revealed that the crosshead speed has a significant effect on the fracture toughness at low speed rates. This effect, however, becomes insignificant at high rates since, the fracture behavior becomes brittle. The stress intensity factor KQ is approximately the same in both longitudinal and transverse orientations. The fracture toughness decreases as the specimen thickness increases.

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