In order to study the compressive behavior of flexible pipes, a nonlinear tridimensional finite element model was developed. This model recreates a five layer flexible pipe with two tensile armor layers, an external polymeric sheath, an orthotropic high strength tape and a rigid inner nucleus. Using this model, several studies are being conducted to verify the influence of key parameters on the wire instability phenomenon. The pipe sample length can be considered one of these parameters and its variation causes significant change at the stability response of the tensile layers. This article includes a detailed description of the finite element model itself and a case study where the length of the pipe is changed. The procedure of this analysis is here described, along with the results.

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