Local distortions on pipeline wall in the form of dents or buckles may constitute a threat for the structural integrity of the steel pipeline. In the present paper, experimental research supported by numerical simulation is reported to investigate the structural integrity of smoothly dented steel pipes. A series of six (6) full-scale experiments on 6-inch X52 pipes has been carried out, and numerical simulations have also been conducted. The dented steel pipes are subjected to cyclic loading (bending or pressure) in order to estimate their residual strength and remaining fatigue life. The finite element analysis simulate the experimental procedure for each type of deformation and loading case, in order to estimate the local stress and strain distributions at the dented region. Based on the numerical results, fatigue life is predicted and compared with the experimental results. The results of the present study are aimed at evaluating existing guidelines and methodologies towards appropriate assessment of local wall distortions in steel pipelines.

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