This paper describes the application of solid finite element models in the analysis of five tubular specimens containing interacting corrosion defects. Each of these specimens has been submitted to hydrotest up to failure as part of a previous research project. The specimens were cut from longitudinal welded tubes made of API 5L X80 steel with a nominal outside diameter of 457.2 mm (18 in) and a nominal wall thickness of 7.93 mm (0.312 in). The analyses accounted for large strains and displacements, stress-stiffening and material nonlinearity. The failure pressures predicted by the solid finite element models are compared with the failure pressures of these specimens measured in the laboratory burst tests carried out previously. Also the failure behavior of each specimen is described and illustrated by contour plots of stresses.

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