In service pipelines exhibit bending loads in a variety of in-field situation. These bending loads can induce large longitudinal strains, which may trigger local buckling on the pipe's compressive side and/or lead to rupture of the pipe's tensile side. In this article, the post-buckling failure modes of pressurized X65 steel pipelines under monotonic bending loading conditions are studied via both experimental and numerical investigations. Through the performed full-scale bending test, it is shown that the post-buckling rupture is only plausible to occur in the pipe wall on the tensile side of the wrinkled cross section under the increased bending. Based on the experimental results, a finite element (FE)-based numerical model with a calibrated cumulative fracture criterion was proposed to conduct a parametric analysis on the effects of the internal pressure on the pipe's failure modes. The results show that the internal pressure is the most crucial variable that controls the ultimate failure mode of a wrinkled pipeline under monotonic bending load. And the post-buckling rupture of the tensile wall can only be reached in highly pressurized pipes (hoop stress no less than 70% SMYS for the investigated X65 pipe). That is, no postwrinkling rupture is likely to happen below a certain critical internal pressure even after an abrupt distortion of the wrinkled wall on the compressive side of the cross section.

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