Piping made from thermoplastic fiber reinforced polymer composites (TP-FRPCs) is receiving increasing attention in the oil and gas industry. Creep and time-dependent behavior is one of the main factors defining the service life of TP-FRPC structures. The lifetime and time-dependent behavior of TP-FRPC structures can be predicted using simulation tools, such as finite element analysis, to aid in the design optimization by modeling the long-term behavior of the material. Composite material time-dependent properties are required inputs for such models. While there is previous research available on creep testing of TP-FRPCs in laminate geometry, such tests may not enable accurate determination of the composite properties due to edge effects. On the other hand, coupons with tubular geometry not only provide improved load distribution between the fibers and matrix with minimal end effects, they also enable certain loading conditions experienced during typical piping operations such as internal pressure. In this study, a testing method to capture the creep behavior of tubular TP-FRPC specimens subjected to multi-axial loading conditions was developed. Tubular coupons were prototyped by an automated tape placement process. Strain was measure using digital image correlation technique and strain gauges. The development of the test setup forms the foundation for further testing of tubular TP-FRPC coupons at different multi-axial loading conditions. As a preliminary test, the creep behavior of a TP-FRPC tube subjected to pure hoop stress condition was evaluated using the developed testing process.

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