Test methodology for the determination of optimum fusion welding conditions of polyethylene

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  • D. Saint-Royre,

    1. Direction des Etudes et Techniques Nouvelles du Gaz de France, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Sciences et Techniques Appliquées, 361 Avenue du Président Wilson, 93210 La Plaine Saint-Denis, France
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  • D. Gueugnaut,

    1. Direction des Etudes et Techniques Nouvelles du Gaz de France, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Sciences et Techniques Appliquées, 361 Avenue du Président Wilson, 93210 La Plaine Saint-Denis, France
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  • D. Reveret

    1. Direction des Etudes et Techniques Nouvelles du Gaz de France, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur les Sciences et Techniques Appliquées, 361 Avenue du Président Wilson, 93210 La Plaine Saint-Denis, France
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Abstract

The fusion welding behavior of a medium density polyethylene resin has been studied for a wide range of heating rates using a recently developed test methodology. With this method, the thermal and physical phenomena occurring at the interface of two thin polyethylene pieces assembled by fusion can be studied. It consists of a thermal welding phase and a phase of mechanical separation of the welded assembly. For the mechanical phase, an adaptation of the T-peel test was used. These conditions make it possible to determine the thermal welding parameters (temperature, time) for optimal mechanical quality of the joint, according to a criterion established by optimization of the peel test used. The variations in minimum temperature required for an optimum weld, as a function of heating rate, can be simulated with a numerical model based on the concept of macromolecular interdiffusion. Consistent with the experimental behavior, the numerical model involves two parameters characteristic of the diffusion behavior of the polyethylene resin. Thus, these parameters characterize the weldability of the polyethylene resin under study.

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