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    Interface shear strength of polypropylene pipeline coatings and granular materials at low stress level

    Citation

    Leeuw, Ld, Diambra, A, Dietz, M, Mylonakis, G & Milewski, H, 2019, ‘Interface shear strength of polypropylene pipeline coatings and granular materials at low stress level’. in: Erdin Ibraim, Alessandro Tarantino (eds) 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS-Glasgow 2019: Open Access proceedings in Environment, Energy and Earth Sciences. EDP Sciences

    Abstract

    A range of sands were tested in direct and interface shear at very low stresses to determine the interface shear strength of polypropylene pipeline coating counterfaces and to evaluate interface efficiency. Polypropylene has a wide range of applications as a coating material in the offshore environment, so quantification of interfacial strength is an important component for geotechnical design. Direct shear tests show classic peak-postpeak stress-displacement and stress-dilatancy behaviour whereas interface tests show an elastic, perfectly plastic type behaviour for both loose and dense samples with no appreciable volumetric response. Interface efficiencies generally range between 0.3 and 0.7 dependent on both grain size and stress level. Normalised roughness is used to relate the surface roughness to the grain size and shows that the greater interface strength with smaller grained sands can be explained by their greater effective roughness. The relationship between stress ratio and normalised roughness for sand-polypropylene resembles established relationships for sand-steel interfaces.

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