Newton’s method is used to solve the nonlinear differential equations of bending for marine pipelines suspended between a lay-barge and the ocean floor. Newton’s method leads to linear differential equations, which are expressed in terms of finite differences and solved numerically. The success of Newton’s method depends on initial trial solutions, which in this paper are catenaries. Iterative solutions converge rapidly toward the exact solution (pipe deflection) even though large bending moments exist in the pipe. Example calculations are given for a 48-in. pipeline suspended in 300 ft of water.

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