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Effect of Lüders Bands on the Bending Capacity of Steel Tubes

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Julian F. Hallai, Stelios Kyriakides

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Paper No. OMAE2010-20982, pp. 991-998; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 5, Parts A and B
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4913-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In several offshore applications hot-finished pipe that often exhibits Lüders bands is bent to strains of 2–3%. Lüders banding is a material instability that leads to inhomogeneous plastic deformation in the range of 1–4%. It can precipitate structural instabilities and collapse of the pipe. Experiments and analysis are used to study the interaction of the prevalent structural instabilities under bending with Lüders banding, with the objective of providing guidance to the designer. Pure bending experiments on tubes of various D/t values reveal that Lüders bands result in the development of inhomogeneous deformation in the structure, in the form of coexistence of two curvature regimes. Under rotation controlled bending, the higher curvature zone(s) gradually spreads while the moment remains essentially unchanged. For relatively low D/t tubes with relatively smaller Lüders strain, the whole tube eventually is deformed to the higher curvature, subsequently entering the usual hardening regime where it continues to deform uniformly until the expected limit state is reached. For higher D/t tubes and/or for materials with longer Lüders strain, the structure collapses during the inhomogeneous deformation regime. This class of problems is analyzed using 3D finite elements and an elastic-plastic constitutive model with an up-down-up material response. It will be demonstrated that the solution procedure followed can simulate the experiments with consistency.

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