American Journal of Applied Sciences

Investigation on the Behavior of Rigid Polyvinylchloride Pipes Subjected to Uniaxial Compression Loads

Abdullah A.N. Alhamati, Abdul H. Ghazali, Jamalodin Norzaie, Norzaie A. Mohammed and Mohd R.A. Kadir

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2006.1916.1923

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 7

Pages 1916-1923

Abstract

The objective of this research was to investigate the capability of rigid Polyvinylchloride (PVC-U) pipes to sustain axial loads. The behavior of PVC-U pipes specimens subjected to short-term uniaxial compression loads was experimentally investigated. Results of the load-displacement tests on pipes of different wall thickness, diameter and specimen heights were recorded. The experimental test results show that the PVC-U pipes are capable of supporting loads greater than the required design load (3.4 kN). Increasing the pipe specimen height decreases the pipe strength for supporting the axial loads. Euler buckling was observed in the pipe specimens with small diameter and long axial height. Furthermore, an attempt has been made to utilize the ANSYS finite element commercial package to model the pipe system using eight noded brick element and the results were compared with those obtained from the experimental tests. Good agreement was found between the two sets of results, within the elastic range of the load-displacement curve.

Copyright

© 2006 Abdullah A.N. Alhamati, Abdul H. Ghazali, Jamalodin Norzaie, Norzaie A. Mohammed and Mohd R.A. Kadir. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.