In this study, the effect of longitudinal distance H between non-aligned twin cracks is investigated using finite element damage analysis. The FE damage analysis based on the stress-modified fracture strain model is used to calculate the failure stress of non-aligned twin cracked pipe. Parametric study on the axial distance H between non-aligned twin cracks with various crack depths and lengths were conducted and compared with predictions using the alignment rules and the net-section collapse load approach for single crack provided in ASME Code. It is shown that the trend of the predicted collapse bending stresses for the non-aligned twin cracked pipes using FE damage analysis are different from the ones using the alignment rule.

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