Elasto-Plastic Large Strain Collapse Analysis of Pipes
The collapse analysis of pipes is important in a number of industries, and notably in the offshore oil and gas industry. Such simulations are, in general, difficult because the kinematic large displacement/large strain behavior of the pipe and the large strain elasto-plastic material behavior need to be modeled accurately. The analysis must yield reliably accurate results because many important engineering decisions depend on the predicted response.
Since the accuracy of the simulation is very important, the required level of confidence in using a finite element code is best achieved by comparing computed results against experimental data, for some typical pipe structures.
Below we present some results obtained by Tenaris, see
reference , in laboratory tests and using ADINA. In this case, a pipe
stiffened by a ring (an "arrestor" of buckling) was considered. The figures are
largely self-explanatory. The movie above shows a typical collapse response
as the pressure on the pipe is increased.
It is seen that ADINA very accurately predicts the test data. This is an excellent validation of the analysis procedures used in ADINA. More information on the analysis is given in the reference.