This paper proposes plastic limit and collapse loads for circumferential through-wall cracked pipe bends under in-plane bending, based on three-dimensional finite element limit analyses. The material is assumed to be elastic-perfectly-plastic, but both the geometrically linear (small strain) and the geometrically nonlinear (large geometry change) options are employed. Regarding crack location, both extrados and intrados cracks are considered. Moreover, for practical application, closed-form approximations of plastic limit and collapse loads are proposed based on the FE results, and compared with corresponding solutions for straight pipes.

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