Thermal elongations of a pipeline are compensated in many cases by bending of pipeline branches. If the pipeline lies on a horizontal rough and flat foundation that bending is influenced by friction forces. Analysis of that influence is given in the paper. A nonlinear, fourth order differential equation with variable coefficients governing the phenomenon is derived and solved numerically as a two-point boundary problem. A version of the solution suitable for a pipeline on discrete supports has been developed. It may be used in conjunction with any existing computer program for pipeline stress analysis. The results demonstrate existence of a very significant additional bending moment due to friction. It may exceed several times the one computed for a pipeline on frictionless foundation.

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