Mechanical behaviour of adhesively bonded polyethylene tapping tees

Lewis Barton, Martin Birkett

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The mechanical properties of adhesively bonded MDPE joints were studied. The lap-shear joints were prepared using PE80 polyethylene gas pipe and four adhesive types; two acrylic and two epoxy resins. The key mechanical properties of lap shear strength and impact resistance were investigated as a function of adhesive type and surface preparation technique. Mechanical abrasion of the PE80 surface increased the strength of the bonds from 40 to 460% for the four adhesives, with the best performing acrylic adhesive having a lap-shear strength of 1.76 MPa and impact strength of 2.5 kJ/m2. When used to bond PE80 tapping tees to PE80 gas pipe, the acrylic adhesive produced a gas tight seal at both the standard test pressure of 0.4 MPa and at an increased pressure of 0.8 MPa, and outperformed the PE80 tapping tee during shear testing and withstood a maximum of 10 cycles of 175 J during impact testing. These results highlight the potential of adhesive bonding as a method of joining PE80 tapping tees to PE80 gas pipe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalInternational Journal of Adhesion & Adhesives
Early online date9 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


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