Comparison of accelerated compressive creep behavior of virgin HDPE using thermal and energy approaches

Amir Bozorg-Haddad, Magued Iskander

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This article compares two available approaches for accelerating the creep response of viscoelastic materials, such as High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is increasingly gaining attention for use in construction. Thermal acceleration methods to predict the tensile creep of polymers are already available. The Time-Temperature Superposition (TTS) phenomenon is the basis of several available methods, and an ASTM standard for tensile creep of geosynthetics is based on one of its derivatives, the Stepped Isothermal Method (SIM). In this article, both TTS and SIM have been adapted to study the compressive creep of virgin HDPE. An alternate approach, based on the equivalence of strain energy density (SED) between conventional constant-stress creep tests and strain-controlled stress-strain tests, is also adapted for accelerated compressive creep of HDPE. There is remarkably a good agreement among the creep behaviors obtained from conventional tests, TTS, SIM, and SED predictions for virgin HDPE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1229
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Engineering and Performance
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • creep
  • high density polyethylene
  • mechanical testing
  • polymer matrix composites
  • strain energy density
  • structural plastics
  • time-temperature superposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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