The torsional behavior of a 4 flexible pipe is here studied. The pipe was subjected to clockwise and anticlockwise torsion and also to torsion combined with tension. For pure torsion, two different boundary conditions were considered: ends free to elongate and prevented from elongating. When tensional and torsional loads are imposed to the pipe, only analyses with ends prevented from elongating are carried out. In all cases, the response of the pipe is predicted with a three-dimensional nonlinear finite element (FE) model and with a classical analytical model. Experimental tests performed at COPPE/UFRJ are also employed to validate the theoretical estimations. The obtained results point out that the pipe is torque balanced for clockwise torsion, but it is not balanced for anti-clockwise torsion. Moreover, analytical models for axissymetric analyses assume that the layers of a flexible pipe are subjected to the same twist and elongation, but the FE results state that this hypothesis holds only for anti-clockwise torsion. Therefore, some differences were found between the FE and analytical models mainly when clockwise torsion is considered. Finally, due to its ability to deal with friction and adhesion between layers, the FE estimations agreed quite well with the experimental measures.

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