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Rhodes, Greece, June 26-July 1, 2016

Copyright 2016 by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE)

ISBN 978-1-880653-88-3; ISSN 1098-6189

Jing Cao,

CNOOC Research Institute, Beijing, China;

Tuanjie Li), Wei Ye

OffshoreTech LLC, Houston, USA

The material used for the flexible riser shall withstand the

Oil and gas exploration in South China Sea is entering into medium and corrosive environment to which it will be exposed

deep water depth where flexible riser is becoming economically The flexible riser shall provide a tight conduit to prevent fluid

competitive and technically accessible for floating production. An 8 leakage

inch production riser has been designed for one of the existing field in

the targeted area. This paper presents all aspects of the design of the 8 DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

inch production riser from design requirements and material selection,

layer design, cross-section validation to physical properties including Design Requirements

axial, rotational and bending stiffness.

Main design requirements are given below:

Theoretical methodology for design of layers and cross sections is Design water depth: 300 m

presented and compared with available numerical tools. The design of Internal content: crude oil

the polymer layers focuses on chemical and physical properties, the Internal diameter: 8" (203.2 mm)

design of the carcass layers considers the crushing capacity by taking Design pressure: 20 MPa

into initial deflection into account. The design of the tensile and Design temperature: 90 C/-20C

pressure armor wires considers both capacity and fatigue.

Overall heat transfer coefficient: < 3W/m2C

Design life: 15 years

KEY WORDS: Flexible riser; production; South China Sea;

capacity; fatigue Standards and Codes

INTRODUCTION Design of the Flexible Pipe will comply with the requirements set by

the Peoples Republic of China Regulations, with API standards,

CNOOC Research Institute (CNOOC RI) intends to develop offshore Specifications and recommended practices. For the cross section

flexible riser technology with targeting application area in South China design, the following API standards and DNV rule are complied with:

Sea where the water depth ranging from several hundred meters to a API Specification 17J, "Specification for Unbonded Flexible

couple of thousand meters. This paper demonstrates the design Pipe"

methodology for all layers which are essential for a typical production API RP 17B, "Recommended Practice for Flexible Pipe"

riser. Design of flexible riser cross section is based on the requirements API Specification 17D, "Specifications for Subsea Wellhead

of the anticipated application of the riser considering as a minimum the and Christmas Tree Equipment"

following factors: water depth, service life, pressure/temperature and

ASTM A370, "Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical

internal fluid contents and environmental operational conditions.

Testing of Steep Products"

ASTM D638, "Test Methods for Tensile Properties of

The design follows primarily the requirements set by API 17J. The

Plastics"

flexible riser is expected to meet at least the following overall

requirements according to the Specifications: API Specification 6A, "Specifications for Wellhead and

Christmas Tree Equipment"

The flexible riser shall be capable of withstanding all design

loads and load combinations NACE MR-01-75, "Sulphide Stress Cracking Resistant

Metallic Material for Oil Field Engineering"

The flexible riser shall have sufficient service life to perform

its function, particularly the load bearing metallic layers DNV-RP-C203, "Fatigue Design of Offshore Steel

Structures"

The material used for manufacturing the flexible riser shall be

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provides the first barrier to the sea water. Its thickness should be

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS sufficient to prevent sufficient integrity against sea water intrusion. It

should be determined by considering the contribution of this layer to

General Rules riser cross section mechanical properties including bending, axial and

torsional stiffness. Other factors such as resistance to mechanical

Flexible riser consists of multi-layers with each layer designed for a abrasion during fabrication and installation, manufacturing capacity,

special purpose. In general, the following layers should as a minimum internal/external pressure should be considered as well.

be included in order to provide demanded functionalities for a flexible

riser. The layers are specified herein starting from external layer to The outer sheath is exposed to sun light and therefore the resistance to

inner layer of the cross section: UV exposure should also be a factor in design.

Outer sheath

Insulation layer The outer sheath is extruded onto the insulation layer. API

Tensile armor layer(s) Specification 17J allows to join the outer sheath by welding while a

Pressure armor layer continuous extrusion is preferred to ensure the best tightness of this

Inner sheath layer.

Carcass layer

According to API Specification 17J, the maximum allowable strain due

to bending load should not exceed 7.7 per cent.

The following sections will specify the main function of each layer

together with selection of material for each layer. The general rule for

The outer sheath layer shall also be considered in the determination of

selection of material is to ensure the specific function is achieved. Main

the overall heat transfer coefficient of the flexible riser.

design considerations for the choice of the material are listed below:

Internal/external pressure

Insulation Layer

Temperature

Chemical ingredients in contended fluids

The main purpose of the insulation layer is to provide necessary

Dynamic behavior in operation thermal performance of the flexible riser to ensure a stable temperature

when it is exposed to the external environment.

For thermal plastic layers, thickness is the main design parameter.

Firstly, it has to be ensured that the thickness is feasible for the The maximum/minimum design temperature for the current riser is

manufacturing process. Secondly, the material will creep at a certain 90C/-20C. It shall be demonstrated by Fourier heat transfer law

level of temperature when the flexible riser is pressurized. There will showing that the overall heat transfer coefficient does not exceed 3.0

be a reduction of the thickness once creep happens when the material W/m2C.

will be squeezed into neighboring armor layers where there are gaps

between the armor tendons. The reduction of the thickness will be Tensile Armor Layers

affected by the temperature, pressure and material properties. The

maximum allowable thickness reduction ratio, according to API Flexible risers connected to the floaters will experience largest tension

Specification 17J, is 30% below the design value under the worst load due its own weight as well as the load induced by the movement of the

combinations. floater. They are often helically wounded with a moderate lay angle.

An even number of layers (2 or 4 layers) should be present so that the

Loads cross section will be torsion balanced. The tensile armor wire often has

a rectangular geometry. Its thickness and width are the main design

Three groups of load are defined in the Specifications which are termed parameters. The tensile layers are designed to take the following loads:

as functional, environmental and accidental loads. The table below axial forces, end cap forces due to internal/external pressure

summarizes the load types for each group. torque during load out, installation and floater movement

provide a support to the pressure layer

Table 1. Loads applied to flexible risers

Functional Environmental Accidental The number of armor tendons in each tensile layer will be optimized to

Weight and buoyancy Water depth Anchor line failure meet the requirements of operation.

Internal pressure Waves Unintended flooding

External pressure Current Failure of turret system The material used for the tensile armor is medium strength carbon steel.

Installation loads Wind Dropped objects Resistance to cyclical loads under chemical ingredient (CO2) should be

Support loads Marine growth Trawling considered when considering the service life in design.

Thermal expansion Temperature Fire and explosion

Testing pressure Ice loads The tensile armor layer will be main functional components to take

Soil data both the axis-symmetrical loads and bending loads. Utilization factor

under different load combinations shall be demonstrated to show that

Outer Sheath the requirements set by API Specification 17J are satisfied.

This layer is an interface between the riser and the external Fatigue life the tensile layers should be examined as well. The

environment. It is normally extruded from polymer to resist mechanical calculation should show that a minimum service life of 15 years is

external damage. It also prevents the sea water from intruding into the guaranteed.

cross section.

Anti-wear Layers

The main parameter for this layer is the layer thickness because it

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The flexible riser will experience cyclic dynamic loading during is filled with the inner sheath material when the riser is pressurized.

operation, a direct contact between metallic layers such as tensile armor Inner Sheath

wire against tensile armor wire, or tensile armor wire against pressure

armor wire will have two effects: wearing of the material and Inner sheath prevents the internal fluid proof from leaking into the

significant friction stress which is detrimental for fatigue behavior of outward layers so that a dry annulus can be guaranteed. The internal

the flexible riser. It is therefore necessary to prevent direct contact pressure is transmitted to the outward layers by the inner sheath layer.

between these metallic layers. This is can be achieved by coating the

armor wire with an additional thin anti-wear film. A more practical and Carcass

widely used method is to lay an additional layer between two metallic

layers. Carcass layer is made of profiled steel sheet. It is wounded at a steep

lay angle as for the pressure armors. Each strip of the profiled steel

This layer is often made of PA which has been proved to have excellent sheet is interlocked with the adjacent strips.

resistance to wearing and the friction coefficient between the PA and

steel is smaller than that of the steel/steel interface. The main function of this layer is to avoid the collapse of the inner

sheath. The collapse can be caused by the following reasons:

Two cross wound layers will be used with a thickness of 1 mm for each External pressure

layer. Contact pressure from the tensile layers under axial tension

load

The contribution to overall properties of the flexible riser such as Contact pressure due to external contact such as bend

bending stiffness shall not be considered for this layer. stiffener, bell mouth, bend restrictor, load out operation, and

installation

The calculation of the overall heat transfer coefficient does not consider

this layer. The material for this layer needs to be resistant to chemical ingredients

contained in the transported content. Stainless steel is often used for

Fabrication Tapes this purpose.

Since there are many armor tendons in each tensile armor layer, Design Criteria

fabrication tape is often needed to prevent the disorder of the armor

tendons during the fabrication process. Design criteria for armor layers

In order to prevent the tensile armor tendon from significant radial Acceptance criteria for all metallic layers, i.e. tensile layers and

movement, high strength glass filament tape will be applied upon outer pressure layers are given in API Specification 17J as termed as

tensile armor layer. utilization ratio which is the ratio of the stress against the specified

minimum yield strength (SMYS)

The contribution to overall properties of the flexible riser such as

bending stiffness shall not be considered for this layer. Bursting and collapse

The calculation of the overall heat transfer coefficient does not consider The maximum allowable internal pressure (bursting pressure) is

this layer. calculated by applying pressure until the material reaching its SMYS

with no tensile loads applied

Pressure Armor Layer

Fabrication tolerance

The pressure armor layer is wounded around the cross section at a high

lay angle close to 90 degrees to provide sufficient hoop resistance to The change of the utilization factor of the armor wires should be within

the loads listed below:

the upper limit of 3% by considering the fabrication tolerances related

Internal/external pressure

to thickness, lay angle and overall diameter.

Contact pressure from the tensile layer when the riser is

tensioned

Service life

Contact load from external contact between the riser and

external contact surfaces such as bend stiffener, bend A safety factor of 10 will be applied in the service life evaluation.

restrictor Given the design service life of 15 years, the minimum calculated

Contact load from load out operation and installation service life should be no less than 150 years.

The geometrical profile of the pressure armor tendon should provide an DESIGN MEHTODS

interlocking mechanism so that there is flexible movement between

adjacent strips. Physical Properties

The material for this layer is selected to ensure sufficient strength with When a pipe is under tensile load, the helically wounded tensile armor

regard to hoop strength, fatigue re resistance and should be compatible will be the main component to withstand the load. The polymer layers

to the chemicals contended in the internal fluid. High strength carbon such as the inner sheath, intermediate sheath and outer sheath will only

steel is often used for this layer. have insignificant contribution to the tensile load and therefore will be

not counted when evaluating the tensile capacity of the flexible riser.

The gap between adjacent strips should be minimized so that it will not

cause significant thickness reduction in the inner sheath when the gap The equilibrium in the axial direction can be expressed as, according to

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de Oliveira et al. (1985):

Stress in Tensile Armor Wires

T nEAs cos cos 2 sin 2 xx (1)

Stress calculation in the tensile armor layers is complicate due to many

Where n is the total number of tensile armor wires, E is the Young's factors among which the interaction with adjacent layers is a main

modules of the material, As is the cross section area of the armor wire, consideration. For axis-symmetrical loads such as axial tension,

internal/external pressure and tension, the equilibrium equation is more

is the lay angle of the tensile armor layer, is the apparent Poisson's convenient to handle while for bending load, the formulation becomes

more complicate due to the complexity of the cross section. Some

general assumptions must be observed when the stresses in the tensile

The axial stiffness of the flexible riser will be expressed as: armor layers are calculated according to Custdio and Vaz (2002):

EA nEAs cos cos 2 sin 2

Regularity of initial geometry: (a) the homogenous layers are

(2) long and uniform cylinders; (b) the wires are wound on a

perfectly cylindrical helix; (c) the wires are equally spaced;

(d) the wires of an armor are numerous, hence the forces they

It should be noted that the analytical expression of the axial stiffness is

exert on the adjacent layers may be replaced by uniform

based on small geometric deformation assumptions and the layers are

pressure;(e) the structure is straight.

assumed to be in contact during deformation.

Reduction to simple plane analysis: (f) there are no field

When there are several layers of tensile armor wires, the expression can loads such as self-weight; (g) end effects may be neglected;

be rewritten as: (h) the material points from any layer have the same

longitudinal displacement and twist; (i) all wires of an armor

N present the same stress state; (j) the wires maintain a helical

(3) configuration when strained; (k) the angle between the wire

i 1 cross-section principal inertia axis and a radial vector linking

the center of structures cross-section and the center of wires

The torsional stiffness can be derived in a similar way as: cross-section is constant; (l) there is no over-penetration or

gap spanning.

N the effects of shear and internal friction are neglected: (m) the

(4)

wires are so slender that the movements of the material points

i 1

are governed only by their tangent strain and not by the

change in curvature.

Where ri is the mean radius of the i th tensile armor layer. Linearity of the response: (n) the materials have linear elastic

behavior; (o) the changes in armor radii and pitch angles are

Equation (5) is the expression for pipe nominal bending stiffness linearly small; (p) the wires in one armor never touch

calculation. laterally or are always in contact; (q) there are no voids

D

between layers; (r) the homogeneous layers are thin and made

EI

Ei

of soft material so they simply transfer pressure; (s) the

d i4

N

4 (5) pipes corresponds linearly to axisymmetric loading; (t) both

i 1 64

i

loading and response are not time-dependent.

Where Di and d i represent the outer and inner diameter of the Stress due to axis-symmetrical load

polymer layers. Usually local deformation of tensile armors may also Assuming the lay angle and geometry for the tensile armor wire is

affect the pipe bending stiffness (de Oliveira et al., 1985). For simplicity identical and the tensile load will be evenly shared by each armor wire,

and conservativeness, only thermal plastic layers are considered in the stress due to the axial load can be calculated from the formula:

determining the nominal bending stiffness.

Te pi Ai po Ao

a

nAs cos

Strain in Polymer Layers (7)

the design criteria for the polymer layers. There are primarily two Where, Te is the effective tension, pi is the internal pressure, Ai

components in the polymer layers which are a result of the axial

deformation and bending deformation. Since the axial load is mainly is the internal area, po is the external pressure and Ao is the

overtaken by the helically wounded tensile armor layers, the main external area of the cross section.

strain in the polymer layers is caused by bending as expressed by the

expression: Stress due to bending load

b

It is more complicate to calculate the stress due to bending because the

r

r (6)

tensile armor wire behaves like a thin rod in a three dimensional space.

Bending stress amplitude about the strong axis is given by the equation:

Where r is the outer radius of the polymer layer and is the bending

bt E cos (1 sin 2 )

b (8)

radius. 2

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It is noted that the wire will also be bent about the weak axis. The Miner's rule will be used, mean stress correction must be

normal curvature bending stress amplitude is given by: applied if it is relevant

bn E cos4

t (9) Overall heat transfer coefficient

2

The overall heat transfer coefficient, U, depends on the conductivity

Where, is the global curvature of the flexible riser, b and t are

through the heat transfer wall separating the two fluids, and the

convection coefficients on both sides of the heat transfer wall. For a

width and thickness of the tensile armor wire. cylindrical shell such as polymer layers or insulation layers, there

would be an inside convective coefficient for the tube side fluid such as

Stress due to friction, slip curvature oil and an outside convective coefficient for the outside fluid such as

sea water.

Since the axial stress component is governed by the friction effect,

hysteresis will occur. If the wire is in the stick regime with respect to The flexible riser consists of several cylinder layers and the overall heat

slip, then the axial stress increment due to an increment in global transfer coefficient can be expressed as:

1 N lnd oj d ij d o d o

bending will be, according to Fret and Bournazel (1987):

a E cos 2 r R fo R fi

1 (13)

(10)

U ho j 1 2k j hi d i

for

Where, N is the number of layers of the flexible riser, hi and ho are

EAs cos sin 2

f (11)

2 inside and outside heat transfer coefficient, dij and d oj are internal and

external diameter of layer j of the flexible riser, R fi and R fo are

If full slip occurs, determined by the internal pressure and tension in

thermal resistance due to fouling with unit m2K/W. Typical material

the riser as well as the friction coefficient, a plateau value for the

heat transfer coefficients are found on www.engineeringpage.com.

friction stress is reached and the axial stress will be given by:

DESIGN RESULTS

a

f r

2

As sin

(12) Prototype Cross Section

The production riser for 300 m water depth consists of sixteen (16)

Where, f is the friction stress capacity per mm wire in the inner layer. layers including one pressure armor layer and two tensile armor layers.

All sheath layers consist of two extrusions to ensure that the failure of

The friction stress will be a constant term once the curvature exceeds any single extrusion will not bring the failure of another extrusion.

the slip curvature, hence it is in many cases a determining factor Two insulation layer are included to ensure the overall heat loss satisfy

affecting the fatigue damage of the tensile armor layers. the design requirement.

Uni-axial stress has been used as the fatigue design parameter for the Several factors need to be considered when addressing the minimum

tensile layers in the flexible risers because the axial stress is the bending radius of the flexible riser. These factors include the maximum

dominating stress components. When addressing the fatigue of the strain in all sheath layers, locking effect in the metallic layers including

pressure armors, the fatigue design parameter is not clearly mentioned carcass, pressure and tensile armor layers, and stresses in pressure and

in the literature, however, it is believed that the von-Mises method is tensile armor wires.

used for fatigue evaluation.

Table 2. Minimum bending radius by layers for storage

The following steps will be followed to perform fatigue analysis of the Layer Criteria MBR (m)

tensile and pressure armor wires: Carcass Locking 2.19

Selection of sea states, the selection must ensure that the Inner sheath Strain 1.77

selected sea states are representative and conservative. Pressure layer Locking 2.74

Definition of environmental condition classes which the riser Tensile layer Locking 2.35

is expected to experience during the whole service life Tensile layer FAT 2.14

Building of finite element model by means of available Intermediate sheath Strain 2.04

computer programs, and perform dynamic analysis based on Outer sheath Strain 2.72

the above defined load cases

Screening of critical locations such as hang-off, sag/hog and The MBR under storage condition of the flexible riser will be the

touch down area, extract tension and curvature range at these maximum of the values as listed in the table 2 which is 2.74 m. The

locations storage bending radius will be 3.01 m according to the API

Building of finite element model to calculate the stresses in Specification. If not otherwise specified by detail calculation, the MBR

the tensile and pressure armor wires using the tension and under operational condition will be increased by a factor of 0.5 which

curvature results from the step above results in 4.52 m.

Calculation of the fatigue life based on the design SN curve,

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Overall Heat Transfer Coefficient Table 3. Utilization factor for inner tensile armor layer

Max Curvature Tension Utilization factor

All layers will contribute to the calculation of the overall heat transfer (1/m) (kN) (-)

coefficient of the flexible riser. However, the insulation layer as well as 0.133 595.8 0.476

all continuously extruded polymer layers which are the inner sheath, 0.135 544.7 0.452

intermediate sheath and out sheath are the main layer which affect 0.125 491.0 0.453

mostly on the overall transfer coefficient. 0.135 541.0 0.448

0.123 534.5 0.456

The overall heat transfer coefficient is about 1.95W/m2K if the

calculation does not consider the effect of the convection on the The utilization factors as shown in Table 3 are evaluated for the

internal and external surface and fouling which of course is a following global cases:

conservative estimation. The overall heat transfer coefficient is equal to

Recurrent operation

1.91 if those factors are taken into account and this is well below the

Extreme operation, normal Tp including a) Tp 20% less, b) Tp

design requirements 3.0 W/m2K.

20% more

Abnormal operation including a) one mooring line failure, b)

Bursting Pressure and Collapse

compartment damage or unintended flooding, c) failure of

The maximum pressure to reach the yield limit of the metallic armor turret drive system

layers with no tension applied is obtained by pressurizing the flexible

riser so that that either the yield stress of pressure armor or the tensile FAT and Field Acceptance Test

armor is reached. The figure below shows the relation of pressure and

stress in both the pressure and tensile armor wires. The maximum allowable utilization factor for the tensile armor is 0.91

according API Specification 17J.

Assuming the FAT pressure is 50% higher than the design pressure,

including 4 per cent over pressure, i.e. 31.2 MPa, the maximum

utilization factor is equal 0.73 which satisfies the requirements by API

Specification 17J which is 0.91. The curvature is assumed to be the

reversal of the minimum storage radius 3.01 m. No tension is applied

for this case.

The pressure for the field is 1.1 times the design pressure which will be

equal to 22 MPa. Maximum tension 669.5 kN and curvature 0.179 1/m

for extreme cases is used. The utilization factor is 0.60 which is below

0.91 required by the API Specification 17J.

Fatigue

Critical location

Fig. 1 Relation of pressure and stress in pressure and tensile armor wire

layers under pressure load

Stress range is a result of the variation of the tension and curvature. The

variation of the tension and curvature at hang-off and end of bend

The pressure in the plot is normalized based on the operation pressure

stiffener is much more significant than the other three locations.

20 MPa. The yield stresses of the pressure armor wire and tensile armor

Therefore, the most critical fatigue location will be either at hang-off or

wire are plotted as well. It can be seen that pressure armor wire will

end of bend stiffener. However, by comparing the tension and

yield before the yield of the tensile armor wire. The normalized

curvature variation for the hang-off and end of bend stiffener location,

pressure for the yield point is equal to 2.12 which corresponds to a

it can be found that the tension variation for both locations are similar,

pressure of 42.4 MPa.

but the curvature variation at hang-off is much larger than the end of

bend stiffener location. Based on the above findings, the most critical

Utilization Factors for Tensile Armor Layers

fatigue location will be the hang-off position. Full fatigue analysis will

be carried out for this location.

Utilization factor is calculated by dividing the maximum stress by the

yield strength of the material. An example of the utilization factor for

SN Curve

one extreme case is shown in Table 3.

Fatigue curve will be selected according to DNV-RP-C203 "Fatigue

The global analysis corresponds to operation condition occurrence

Design of Offshore Steel Structures". The design SN curves for this

probability of 10-2. The pressure will be the design pressure which is 20

document are based on the mean-minus-two-standard-deviation curves

MPa. The maximum allowable utilization factor for the tensile armor is

for relevant experimental data. The SN curves are thus associated with

0.85 according Table 6 of API Specification 17J.

a 97.7% probability of survival as shown in Fig. 2.

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Fig. 4. Stress range v.s. yearly damage

calculated. Gerber algorithm is applied.

Fatigue load

stress ranges in tensile and pressure armor wires. Fig. 3 is an example

showing curvature range vs. number of cycles in one year.

design service life of 15 years, the accumulated damage will be 9.17E-2

which is below the maximum damage 0.1 as requested by API

Specification 17J.

CONCLUSIONS

paper through the design of an 8" production insulation flexible riser.

Design methodology is briefly presented and the application of the

methodology to the prototype is demonstrated according to the

requirements by the API Specification 17J. The results show that the

Fig. 3. Curvature range v.s. number of cycles per year design satisfies all design requirements and the insulation flexible riser

can be applied for a typical area of the South China Sea.

Fatigue damage

REFERENCES

Fig. 4. shows the contribution of stress range to the fatigue damage and

it indicates that the stress range between 40 and 200 MPa contributes Fret, J.J. and Bournazel, C.L. (1987). "Calculation of Stresses and Slip

mainly to the fatigue damage. in Structural Layers of Unbonded Flexcible Pipes", Journal of

Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Vol. 109(3), pp. 263-269.

Fig. 5 shows the relation between the accumulated damage and stress de Oliveira, J.G., Goto, Y., and Okamoto, T. (1985). "Theoretical and

range. It shows that the stress below 200 MPa dominates the fatigue Methodological Approaches to Flexible Pipe Design and Application",

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fatigue damage. 5021, Vol. 3, pp. 517-526.

Custdio A.B., Vaz M.A. (2002). "A Nonlinear Formulation for the

Axisymmetric Response of Umbilical Cables and Flexible Pipes",

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