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Finite Element Analysis of Umbilical Cables Anchoring Systems

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Eduardo Ribeiro Malta

Brazilian Navy, São Paulo, Brazil

Fernando Geremias Toni, Clóvis de Arruda Martins

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Heloísa Guedes Mendonça

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Rafael Giovane Morini, Rafael Loureiro Tanaka

Prysmian Group, Vila Velha, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2017-62128, pp. V05AT04A033; 9 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


The connectors on an umbilical system are critical components that are subjected to high tensile loads. To ensure tension resistance to an umbilical cable connection, its structural elements must be properly anchored to the armor pot. One way to provide that connection is the use of the adhesive properties of an epoxy resin. In that context, it is necessary to perform a series of pull out tests in order to verify if the resin is capable of withstanding the tensile loads transmitted by the tensile armor layers or the steel tubes. For that purpose, a series of tridimensional finite element models are being developed to represent, as realistic as possible, the interaction between metallic layer and resin. These models allow a fully helical tensile armor to interact with a resin substrate. For this article, an early stage model considering bonded contacts is presented and the adhesion of the tensile armor tendons is evaluated in terms of the shear stresses in the contact regions.

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