This paper focus on the structural analysis of a 2.5 flexible pipe with one up to five broken wires in its outer tensile armor. The pipe is supposed to be under pure tension and the effect of the number of ruptured wires on its response is discussed. A three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model devoted to analyze the local mechanical response of flexible pipes is proposed and employed in all performed analyses. This model is capable of representing each wire of the tensile armors and, therefore, localized defects, including total rupture, may be adequately represented. The obtained results pointed to high stress concentration in the wires near the damaged ones as well as a significant increase in the axial rotation of the pipe. Moreover, the stresses in the inner carcass and the pressure armor are also affected by the rupture of wires in the outer tensile armor.

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