In the development of oil fields, submarine pipelines are used in various applications. These pipelines and risers are subject to accidents that may occur during operation, such as shocks between risers or shocks between a riser and an anchor, rock, or any equipment or heavy object, which may cause mechanical failure, such as dents. The objective of this work is to study of the effect of the introduction of plain dents on the structural integrity of rigid risers under fully reversed bending. A three dimensional finite element model was developed to estimate the stress concentration on dented risers under bending. Several numerical simulations were carried out to evaluate stress concentration factors (SCFs) for varying dimensions of dents and risers, in a parametric study. These SCFs can be used in the prediction of the remaining fatigue life of dented rigid risers.

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