Efficient fracture assessment of pipelines. A constraint-corrected SENT specimen approach

Matteo Chiesa, Bård Nyhus, Bjorn Skallerud, Christian Thaulow

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Reeling has proven to be an efficient and cost effective method for offshore pipelaying. During the reeling process the pipe undergoes deformation that can strain the material by 1-2%. The existing failure assessment methods often turn out to be too conservative to allow such a strain level in the structure. The amount of conservatism can be significantly reduced by using a new failure assessment approach developed by SINTEF. This approach depends on finite element calculations for establishing the non-linear fracture mechanics parameters and the stress and strain distributions in the pipe. The present study addresses the performance of shell and line spring finite elements as a cost effective tool for performing such numerical calculations.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)527-547
Number of pages21
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 9 Mar 2001


  • Constraint
  • Cracked shells
  • Failure assessment
  • Line springs
  • Plasticity
  • Shell finite elements
  • Solid finite elements


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