Large-diameter pipes used in offshore applications are commonly manufactured by cold-forming plates through the UOE process. Collapse experiments have demonstrated that these steps, especially the final expansion, degrade the mechanical properties of the pipe and result in a reduction in its collapse pressure, upwards of 30%. In this study, the UOE forming process has been modeled numerically so that the effects of press parameters of each forming step on the final geometry and mechanical properties of the pipe can be established. The final step involves simulation of pipe collapse under external pressure. An extensive parametric study of the problem has been conducted, through which ways of optimizing the process for improved collapse performance have been established. For example, it was found that optimum collapse pressure requires a tradeoff between pipe shape (ovality) and material degradation. Generally, increase in the O-strain and decrease in the expansion strain improve the collapse pressure. Substituting the expansion by compression can not only alleviate the UOE collapse pressure degradation but can result in a significant increase in collapse performance.

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