Plastic anisotropic material behavior of UOE line pipe is investigated in view of its structural response. Common load cases are considered and their resultant strain capacity concerning Strain Based Design demands are discussed. Hill’s yield function is used to analyze steel line pipe under internal pressure and bending moment. Here, a three-dimensional anisotropic plastic strain evolution is considered. It was shown, that underlying anisotropic material behavior can be beneficial for the structural response of line pipe, although it depends on the load case and the directional anisotropy. That is in some way contrary to the demands in specifications, where isotropic material behavior is desired.

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