Nonlinear Buckling of Marine Elastica Pipes Transporting Fluid
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, September 2001, n. 3, v. 1|
This paper addresses the nonlinear buckling and post-buckling behavior of an extensible marine elastica pipe conveying fluid. The mathematical model employed in the nonlinear buckling analysis is developed based on the extensible elastica theory and the large strain formulation, so that the high extensibility of the pipe due to large axial strains is tackled thoroughly. The boundary value problem of the model is solved by the shooting method, and the numerical elastica solutions are obtained. For stability examination, the method of adjacent nonlinear equilibrium is exploited. It is revealed that the fundamental mode of nonlinear buckling of the pipe is reached when the pipe experiences either the critical top tension or the critical weight. Postbuckling behavior of the pipe is recognized to be unstable. The investigation is extended to studying various parameters that impinge on the limit states of the pipe. These parameters are the dimensionless quantities that relate to density of pipe material, densities of external and internal fluids, applied top tension, Poisson's ratio, slenderness ratio, vessel offset, seawater depth, current-drag coefficients, current velocity, and internal flow velocity.
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