High frequency Induction welded (HFW/HFI) linepipe is produced by cold forming from steel strip, bent into pipe and longitudinal seam welded. HFW/HFI linepipe has been attractive due to less expensive, improved lead time and tighter wall thickness tolerances and better control of mechanical properties compared to the seamless.

Typical design drivers for wall thickness optimization of reeled pipeline are geometric and strength mismatch. HFI pipes gained the attention of reeling contactors because of tighter mismatch tolerances of geometry and strength. However, the limitation of wall thickness in producing the larger diameter pipes needs optimized wall thickness considering the sensitivity of the variation in mismatch properties and stress ratio.

The present work is intended to check the capacity of the pipeline against the sensitivity of variation in mismatch parameters. A case study has performed for the reelability of 16” HFW pipe for a selected limiting wall thickness. The different cases of variation in mismatch parameters are considered for the sensitivity check. Finite element (FE) analyses using ABAQUS tool were performed to reel the sections of the pipe joint over the reel hub of the selected installation vessel. The model predictions for axial compressive strain are compared and discussed against the DNV local buckling criterion for displacement control.

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