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Integrity assessment of functionally graded pipe produced by centrifugal casting subjected to internal pressure: experimental investigation

Abstract

Precise prediction of collapse pressure is a key role in structural integrity assessment of piping systems. The present study uses an \(\hbox {Al}{-}\hbox {Al}_{\mathrm {2}}\hbox {Cu}\) functionally graded (FG) pipe fabricated through horizontal centrifugal casting technique to empirically investigate its mechanical responses under hydrostatic pressure test. The evolutions of deformations correspond to the external surface of the FG pipe in the axial and hoop directions recorded by strain gauges and data acquisition during pressurization are outlined. Moreover, finite element simulation using user subroutine USDFLD implemented into the commercial software ABAQUS is applied to numerically study the tested FG pipe under similar environmental and loading conditions used in the experimental procedure. Eventually, the experimental results reveal that the final internal pressure and corresponding impact energy of the tested FG pipe fails in a brittle manner are 165 bar and 30.4545 KJ, respectively. Moreover, microstructure observations of the fracture surfaces are performed using scanning electron microscope (SEM).

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Mehditabar, A., Rahimi, G.H. & Vahdat, S.E. Integrity assessment of functionally graded pipe produced by centrifugal casting subjected to internal pressure: experimental investigation. Arch Appl Mech 90, 1723–1736 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00419-020-01692-5

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Keywords

  • Functionally graded
  • Internal pressure
  • Collapse
  • Strength
  • Intermetallic compound