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2012 A Theoretical Approach to Predict the Fatigue Life of Flexible Pipes
José Renato M. de Sousa, Fernando J. M. de Sousa, Marcos Q. de Siqueira, Luís V. S. Sagrilo, Carlos Alberto D. de Lemos
J. Appl. Math. 2012(SI09): 1-29 (2012). DOI: 10.1155/2012/983819


This paper focuses on a theoretical approach to access the fatigue life of flexible pipes. This methodology employs functions that convert forces and moments obtained in time-domain global analyses into stresses in their tensile armors. The stresses are then processed by well-known cycle counting methods, and S-N curves are used to evaluate the fatigue damage at several points in the pipe’s cross-section. Finally, Palmgren-Miner linear damage hypothesis is assumed in order to calculate the accumulated fatigue damage. A study on the fatigue life of a flexible pipe employing this methodology is presented. The main points addressed in the study are the influence of friction between layers, the effect of the annulus conditions, the importance of evaluating the fatigue life in various points of the pipe’s cross-section, and the effect of mean stresses. The results obtained suggest that the friction between layers and the annulus conditions strongly influences the fatigue life of flexible pipes. Moreover, mean stress effects are also significant, and at least half of the wires in each analyzed section of the pipe must be considered in a typical fatigue analysis.


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José Renato M. de Sousa. Fernando J. M. de Sousa. Marcos Q. de Siqueira. Luís V. S. Sagrilo. Carlos Alberto D. de Lemos. "A Theoretical Approach to Predict the Fatigue Life of Flexible Pipes." J. Appl. Math. 2012 (SI09) 1 - 29, 2012.


Published: 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 17 October 2012

zbMATH: 1251.74030
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1155/2012/983819

Rights: Copyright © 2012 Hindawi


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