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Stresses in Tensile Armour Layers of Unbounded Flexible Risers Loaded With External Pressure: Application to Lateral Buckling Mode

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Fabien Caleyron, Jean-Marc Leroy, Martin Guiton, Pascal Duchêne

IFP Energies Nouvelles, Solaize, France

Pascal Estrier, Kristof Vraniskoski, Alexandre Damiens

Technip, Le Trait, France

Paper No. OMAE2017-61133, pp. V05AT04A006; 12 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5A: Pipelines, Risers, and Subsea Systems
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5769-4
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Life6 software, developed by IFP Energies nouvelles, is the local model used by Technip to determine stresses in tensile armour layers of unbounded flexible risers. These stresses and their variations are then used to predict fatigue limits of the dynamically loaded risers. Life6 is based on periodic conditions to reduce the model length, with the assumption that all the tensile armour wires of a same layer share the same kinematics.

This paper firstly presents recent improvements to obtain a better modeling of tensile armour wires kinematics, when the flexible riser loading includes external pressure. New models of the external sheath and the anti-buckling tapes have been developed and implemented in Life6. The results are successfully compared to a Finite Element periodic model.

Applications to lateral buckling prediction of tensile armour layers are secondly presented in the paper. Indeed, in the design of flexible pipelines for offshore field developments, lateral buckling is one of the critical failure modes for the tensile armour wires, being associated with external pressure and flexible pipe cyclic bending. The latest developments made on the modeling of the external kernel of the flexible pipe allow to use Life6 as the basis of the enhancement of the lateral buckling engineering model used by Technip. It has been calibrated and validated against an extensive full scale test data base resulting in a physical, reliable and fast engineering model to predict lateral buckling mode. In accordance with standards, Technip methodology for flexible pipe lateral buckling determination ensures a robust and competitive design.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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