Realistic and accurate modeling of the strains developed in concrete coated pipelines is an important objective to offshore pipeline industry. This is because of the acceptance of the strain-based design methods and also the increasing demand on pipelines to operate under harsher environments/loading conditions. The problem has several sources of nonlinearity, namely: material plasticity, concrete cracking and crushing and concrete slippage on the steel pipe. In this paper, a framework and procedure for finite element (FE) modeling of concrete coated pipelines is presented and verified against test results available in literature. The mechanics of strain concentration at the Field Joint (FJ), where the coating has an abrupt discontinuity is described and studied via the verified FE model. These aspects are all described and modeled appropriately using the general purpose FE software ABAQUS, resulting in a realistic and accurate FE model which predicts the strain and stress distribution in the steel, concrete coating and the anticorrosion layer. Output results, presented in the form of variation of moment versus strain, longitudinal distribution of the axial strains, the maximum FJ strains, strain concentration factor as a function of global strain and relative slippage of concrete coating are reported and verified with comparison to test data. Good agreements, both in trend and also quantities are observed, thereby verifying the integrity of the framework suited for the further development, which would include a parametric study with the aim of developing practical design equations. Discussion on the circumferential distribution of shear stresses in the anticorrosion layer is also presented. FE results show a constant shear stress distributed nearly all along the circumference, in concert with the test results.

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