MARIA CRISTIANA ENESCU, ELENA VALENTINA STOIAN, ALEXIS NEGREA, SIMONA MIHAI, IVONA PETRE, CARMEN OTILIA RUSANESCU EXPERIMENTAL AND VIRTUAL STUDIES IN MECHANICAL APPLICATIONS OF PP-RCT PIPES WITH ARMORED MATERIALS The new generation of newly developed materials, namely the high-crystallinity and high temperature polypropylene random copolymer, called PP-RCT, increases the crystalline capability of polypropylene, which allows pipes produced from this material to operate at higher pressures at elevated temperatures. Pressure tests on pipes made of PP-RCT materials show a resistance over a period of 50 years at 7000C (1580 F) 5 MPa (725 psi) compared with 3.2 MPa (464 psi) for standard materials PPR. By reinforcing PP-RCT with aluminum, glass and basalt composite results in a more resistant structure. As a result of the traction tests, it was found that in all three samples the tensile strength exceeds the manufacturer s limit (10 - 12.7 MPa), the values obtained being: st1 = 8 MPa - sample no. 1; st2 = 13 MPa - sample no. 2; st1 = 11 MPa - sample no. 3. The fiber glass insert is less resistant, the best variant being the basal insect sample (st2 = 13 MPa). Elongation at break for specimen no. 3 was recorded at 0.027 mm / mm. Tests on these material combinations were performed for stretching and flexing requests and compared to 3D created virtual models. Simulations of internal pressure behavior were also performed for different material configurations and the results were compared with the experimental data and the data supplied by the manufacturers.
Keywords: einforced composite, polypropylene, traction test, simulation, bending test