Kuhlmann, Kanninen, Tweedy
# 1992 Eindhoven
Accelerated slow crack growth testing procedures that are coupled with newly developed bi-directional time-temperature shifting functions can provide reliable fracture mechanics based forecasts of long-term service performance of polyethylene gas distribution pipes. This methodology is first reviewed, then used in conjunction with the British Gas notch pipe test. Specific attention has been given to the role of extrusioninduced residual stresses on the service performance of pipe systems. Suggestions are offered for an integrated analysis/testing approach that will enhance the practical usefulness of test data.