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2012 Efficient Fatigue Analysis of Helix Elements in Umbilicals and Flexible Risers: Theory and Applications
Geir Skeie, Nils Sødahl, Oddrun Steinkjer
J. Appl. Math. 2012(SI09): 1-22 (2012). DOI: 10.1155/2012/246812


Fatigue analysis of structural components such as helix tensile armors and steel tubes is a critical design issue for dynamic umbilicals and flexible pipes. The basis for assessment of fatigue damage of such elements is the long-term stress cycle distribution at critical locations on the helix elements caused by long-term environmental loading on the system. The long-term stress cycle distribution will hence require global dynamic time domain analysis followed by a detailed cross-sectional analysis in a large number of irregular sea states. An overall computational consistent and efficient fatigue analysis scheme is outlined with due regard of the cross-sectional analysis technique required for fatigue stress calculation with particular attention to the helix elements. The global cross-section is exposed to pure bending, tensile, torsion, and pressure loading. The state of the different cross-section elements is based on the global response. Special emphasis is placed on assessment of friction stresses caused by the stick-slip behavior of helix elements in bending that are of special importance for fatigue life assessments. The described cross-sectional analysis techniques are based on an extensive literature survey and are hence considered to represent industry consensus. The performance of the described calculation scheme is illustrated by case studies.


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Geir Skeie. Nils Sødahl. Oddrun Steinkjer. "Efficient Fatigue Analysis of Helix Elements in Umbilicals and Flexible Risers: Theory and Applications." J. Appl. Math. 2012 (SI09) 1 - 22, 2012.


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

zbMATH: 1251.74037
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1155/2012/246812

Rights: Copyright © 2012 Hindawi


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