In practical application, pipelines will inevitably experience bending and compression during manufacture, transportation and offshore installation. The mechanical behavior of tubes under combined axial compression and bending loads is investigated using experiments and finite element method in this paper. Tubes with D/t ratios in the range of 40 and 97 are adopted in the experiments. Then, the ultimate loads and the local buckling modes of tubes are studied. The commercial software ABAQUS is used to build FE models to simulate the load-shortening responses of tubes under combined loads. The results acquired from the ABAQUS simulation are compared with the ones from verification bending experiment, which are in good agreement with each other. The models in this paper are feasible to analyze the mechanical properties of tubes under combined axial compression and bending loads. The related results may be of interest to the manufacture engineers.

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