A model based on elastic-plastic fracture mechanics (EPFM) and plasticity theory, was developed to study the effect of the Yield (Y) to Tensile (T) ratio, Y/T, on the structural reliability of linepipes with part through the thickness (PTT) circumferential defects subject to bend loading. The analysis allows for load or deformation control situations. The results are shown in terms of curves of critical defect size vs. the controlling variable, i.e. load or deformation. For each one of the materials studied, different cases with different Y/T values were considered. Even for the lower limits of experimental data, i.e. larger Y/T, the materials have adequate defect tolerance. A Leak Before Break Analysis was also conducted.

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