Analysis of the mechanical properties of a reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP)

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This paper describes the analysis of a long length reinforced thermoplastic pipe. For this new class of pipe, which is constructed of a polyethylene liner pipe over wrapped with two layers of non-impregnated twisted aramid cords, peculiar deformation behaviour was observed when a pipe was pressurised. This behaviour was found to be a result of a difference in cord-slack between the two reinforcement layers in conjunction with an unbalanced torsion moment generated by the two reinforcing layers. Cord slack is a certain surplus length of the reinforcing cords relative to the pipe geometry. The cord-slack is estimated for the two different layers and first incorporated into an earlier published model, based on a plane stress characterisation. As no substantial improvement has been achieved by this approach, a new model based on a plane strain characterisation is introduced. This model shows good agreement with the experimentally determined strains for the hydrostatic pressure load-case.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)291-300
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • IR-70790
  • METIS-221541

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