The service life of a flexible riser is often dominated by the metallic layers under cyclic bending loads, particularly the tensile armor layers. The effect of the anti-wear tapes is normally omitted during cross section modelling, where a plane-remain-plane assumption is usually used for stick condition. Significant differences have been observed between numerical analysis assuming plane surfaces remain plane and laboratory measurements studying the bending moment versus curvature for a flexible riser which has anti-wear tapes between the two tensile armor layers.

A new shear interaction algorithm has been developed in the numerical model to improve the modeling of the anti-wear tapes by taking the thickness and shear modulus of the anti-wear material into account. The impact of these parameters on the bending behavior of the flexible riser is demonstrated by comparing the numerical analysis results with the laboratory measurements.

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