Structural Changes, Evolution of Damage Parameters and Crack Propagation Behaviour in Welded Plastic Pipes
The microstructure as well as the local mechanical and fracture behaviour of welded joints in plastic pipes made form polyethylene and material zones outside of the welded joints have been analysed using recording microhardness testing, laser extensometry and crack resistance curve tests. In has been found that the mechanical basic properties and damage kinetics are clearly depending on the welding parameters and additional notching.
R. Lach et al., "Structural Changes, Evolution of Damage Parameters and Crack Propagation Behaviour in Welded Plastic Pipes", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 465, pp. 427-430, 2011