During deep water flexible pipe installation, the pipe is normally free hanging in empty condition from the installation vessel to the seabed. This will introduce large hydrostatic forces to the pipe causing true wall compression. In addition, the pipe will be exposed to cyclic bending caused by waves and vessel motion. The combination of true wall axial compression and cyclic bending may lead to tensile armor instability in both lateral and radial directions. If the anti-buckling tape is assumed to be strong enough, the inner tensile armor will lose its lateral stability first due to the gap that may occur between the inner tensile armor and the pipe core, hence restricting the available friction restraint forces. These may further be reduced by cyclic motions that act to create slip between the layers, hence introducing lateral buckling of the tensile armor, with associated severe global torsion deformation of the pipe, ultimately causing the pipe to lose its integrity.

The anti-buckling tape is designed to prevent the radial buckling behavior, however, its effect on lateral buckling has not yet been documented in available literature. In the present paper, the effect of the winding direction of the anti-buckling tape on the twist of the cross section is studied, including comparisons with available test data from literature.

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