Mechanically lined pipe, which was proven to be cost-effective in transporting corrosive hydrocarbons, has been used in many offshore applications. However, one weakness of this product is that the liner is extremely sensitive to geometric imperfections and can wrinkle and collapse under severe loading. As typical damage of the pipeline, the local dent of the lined pipe involves the deformation of both the carrier pipe and the liner, which poses a severe threat to the integrity of the composite structure.

In this paper, we developed a numerical framework to study the responses of the lined pipe during indentation and, more importantly, the influence of local dents on the bending capacity of lined pipes. A slight separation between the liner and the carrier pipe was observed during the indentation, depending on the indenter’s geometric feature. Under bending, the liner typically collapsed earlier than the carrier pipe, causing a considerable reduction of the critical curvature and ultimate load-carrying capacity. The evolution of the deformation of the composite structure during the bending process is presented in this paper. Parametric investigations of some vital variables of the problem were also performed to study their influence on the behavior under indentation and the bending capacity of the composite structure.

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