Original Article
  • Experimental Study on the Adhesion and Performance Evaluation of Joints for Modified Polyethylene Coated Steel Pipes
  • Myung Kue Lee*, Sanghwan Cho**, Min Ook Kim**†

  • * Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jeonju University, Jeonju 55069, Republic of Korea
    ** Department of Civil Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul 01811, Republic of Korea

  • 개질 폴리에틸렌 코팅 강관의 부착 및 체결부 성능 평가 연구
  • 이명규* · 조상환** · 김민욱**†

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In this study, as part of the development of a monitoring system for the efficient maintenance of steel pipes, an experimental study was conducted to evaluate the performance of steel pipes treated with modified polyethylene coating. In the case of the conventional mechanical pre-coating method, there was a deterioration in polyethylene adhesion during expansion testing, which led to the application of a chemical pre-treatment process using a calcium-mixed phosphate zinc film to resolve this issue. SEM and EDX analyses showed that the densest structure was observed at a Zn/Ca ratio of 1.0, and improved heat resistance compared to the conventional method was confirmed. Additionally, to prevent coating detachment during expansion, an evaluation of adhesion and elongation was conducted on steel pipes with modified polyethylene coating, incorporating materials such as elastomers based on maleic anhydride grafting, metal oxides, blocking agents, and slip agents. Experimental results showed that the specimen (S4) containing all modified materials exhibited more than a 25% performance improvement compared to the specimen (S2) containing only metal oxides. Lastly, the development and performance evaluation of wedge-shaped socketing and pressing wheels, which are part of the pipe fixing accessories, were conducted to prevent surface coating damage on the completed pipes.

본 연구에서는 강관의 효율적 유지관리를 위한 모니터링 시스템 개발 연구의 일환으로 개질 폴리에틸렌 코팅 처리된 강관의 성능 평가를 위한 실험적 연구를 수행하였다. 기존 방식인 기계적 전처리 코팅의 경우 확관 시 폴리에틸렌 부착이 저하되는 현상이 발생하여 이를 해결하고자 칼슘 혼입 인산 아연 피막을 활용한 화학적 전처리 공정이 적용되었다. SEM 및 EDX 분석결과, Zn/Ca 비 1.0에서 가장 치밀한 구조가 확인되었다. 또한, 확관 시의 코팅 이탈 방지를 위한 그라프트 처리 무수말레산을 기반으로 엘라스토머, 금속산화물, 블로킹방지제, 슬립제를 각기 다른 조합으로 혼입하여 개질된 폴리에틸렌 코팅 강관에 대한 부착 및 연신율 평가를 실시하였다. 그 결과, 모든 개질 재료를 혼입한 시험체(S4)에서 금속산화물만 혼입한 시험체(S2)대비 25% 이상 향상된 성능을 확인하였다. 마지막으로, 공정이 완료된 코팅 파이프에 대하여 표면부 코팅 손상 방지를 위한 파이프 고정 부속 일부인 쐐기형 소켓링과 이탈 방지 압륜을 개발하고 성능평가를 수행하였다.

Keywords: 개질 폴리에틸렌 코팅(Modified polyethylene coating), 화학적 전처리(Chemical pretreatment), 부착 (Adhesion), 체결부 성능 평가(Joint performance evaluation), 코팅 강관(Coated steel pipe)

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Correspondence to

  • Min Ook Kim
  • Department of Civil Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul 01811, Republic of Korea

  • E-mail: minookkim@seoultech.ac.kr