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Understanding the Impact of Pipe Stiffness on Long-Term Deflections

Course Information

Pipe stiffness in the pipe industry is a standard test that is performed on actual pipe samples to determine their ring stiffness. Many product specifications in the pipe industry require a minimum target pipe stiffness be achieved as a requirement for that standard.

Pipe stiffness is generally tested per the requirements of ASTM D2412. Simplistically, this test places a relatively short sample of the pipe barrel between two parallel steel plates. The plates then are drawn together at a prescribed rate, thereby compressing the pipe into an oval geometry. The pipe is deformed until it is compressed to 95% of its original height. The load required to compress the pipe to this dimension is recorded and used to compute the pipe stiffness for the pipe.



Learning Objectives

  • What is the significance of laboratory-tested pipe-stiffness values in the field?
  • What are the differences between short- and long-term pipe deflections?
  • What impact does pipe stiffness have on long-term pipe- deflection levels?


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