The paper focuses on a Finite Element (FE) model developed at IFPEN, denominated 3D-Periodic, which is dedicated to flexible riser studies. It takes full advantage of the geometric and loading periodicities to reduce the model length and the CPU cost. The model is developed in a commercial FE software with dedicated pre- and post-treatment packages. The model can represent standard cyclic bending with internal pressure and axial tension as well as external pressures load cases to investigate the risk of lateral buckling of tensile armors or of pipe collapse.

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