The article discusses how crack growth technologies developed for polyethylene gas pipes can be adapted as the basis for geomembrane service performance standards. The need for performance standards are discussed, as well as what kind of standards. Research has developed and validated a fracture mechanics methodology for forecasting the safe operating lifetimes of polyethylene gas pipes and their heat fusion butt joints under prescribed operating conditions. While the geometrics of pipes and geomembranes differ, the fracture mechanics approach, which is generic, can be extended to geomembranes. The basic elements involved in the research are outlined.

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    American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

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  • Authors:
    • Kanninen, M F
    • Peggs, I D
    • Popelar, C H
  • Publication Date: 1992-9


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 44-49
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    • ISSN: 0090-1210

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  • Accession Number: 00624263
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 25 1993 12:00AM