Modeling flexible pipes in the local level is not a trivial task and many authors have employed a great amount of time in such task. The non-triviality arises from the various layers and their interaction, which are pretty tough to correctly model. The possible approaches to solve the problem are divided in to major categories: analytical models and numerical models. The analytical ones rely on a great number of hypotheses and, after a great effort, result in a system of algebraic equations. The numerical ones can be further differentiated in the ones developed using commercial software and the other ones using proprietary models.
The authors choose the second way to approach the problem and presented in previous works a group of elements called macro-elements, including a cylindrical element for orthotropic layers, a three dimensional curved beam for helical elements, a rigid connection and a contact element, both dealing with different node displacement natures. These elements take into account the physical and geometrical characteristics of the components. In this paper a pipe model, with a flexible internal core, two tensile armors and an external sheath, will be simulated and its the results will be checked against commercial software and commented.