Size effects in winding roll formed profiles: A study of carcass production for flexible pipes in offshore industry

Peter Søe Nielsen, Morten Storgaard Nielsen, Niels Bay

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    Carcass production of flexible offshore oil and gas pipes implies winding and interlocking of a roll formed stainless steel profile around a mandrel in a spiral shape. The location of the dividing point between the left and right half of the s-shaped profile in the finished carcass is very important as it directly influences carcass flexibility. The target location of the dividing point can be difficult to achieve since undesired degrees of freedom in the winding stage allows the profile to change geometry. The present work investigates this issue by performing production tests of a single carcass profile size on three mandrel sizes showing a size effect to be evident; smaller mandrel size increases a shift of the dividing point during initial mandrel contact in the winding stage. The cause is high strains in the open profile, which are minimized by the material moving closer to profile neutral plane. Other parameters such as profile entry angle on the mandrel and spiral pitch are likely to have significant importance. Proper dividing point position is shown to be obtainable by adjusting the profile in the roll forming stage. The profile rolling is successfully modeled by Finite Element Analysis (FEA), whereas a simplified FE-model of the subsequent winding operation shows that full interlock modeling is required for proper prediction of profile deformation. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalKey Engineering Materials
    Pages (from-to)117-124
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event15th International Conference on Sheet Metal - Belfast, Ireland
    Duration: 25 Mar 201327 Mar 2013


    Conference15th International Conference on Sheet Metal


    • Finite element method
    • Sheet metal
    • Winding
    • Roll forming
    • Free-forming
    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Duplex stainless steel


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