Pipe Stress and Strain

Public Projects, Case Studies & Resources

Pipes are vital components to machines, systems, and infrastructure across the globe. From domestic plumbing, to agricultural irrigation, to the oil and gas industry, pipes are the connectors between vital resources and customers. With some subsea natural gas pipelines running close to 900 km along the ocean floor, transportation of substances via pipelines needs to be safe and consistent. To ensure reliability and performance, computer-aided engineering is often employed to simulate and test stresses on pipes and associated fixtures and fittings.
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Typical Pipe Applications

The most common use for pipes is for fluid conveyance, however pipes are also used for moving gaseous, solid, and semi-solid substances. Pipes vary in size, shape, and material depending on what they are transporting, the temperatures they need to withstand and the conditions they will operate in.

Pipes and pipework are used in industries such as:

  • Potable water supply
  • Plumbing, wastewater, and drainage
  • Agriculture
  • Food and beverage
  • Oil and gas
  • Heating and cooling systems
von mises stress analysis of cracked pipe

How Can Online Simulation with SimScale Benefit Pipe Applications?

Pipes need to allow flow while withstanding temperature and pressure changes to avoid damage or leakage. This is where computer-aided engineering can offer support. Material selection, placement, joints, bonding, and fixtures can all be analyzed to see how they will react to external forces. The various stresses and strains can be simulated using simulation with SimScale to ensure the pipe will adequately serve its purpose.

Want to get started? Find inspiration in our projects library.

pipe bending

Bending of an Aluminium Pipe Simulation with FEA (Nonlinear)

This project shows the bending of an aluminium pipe through rolling process. Copy this project to run your own pipe bending simulation today!

fea simulation of elbow joint

Analysis of Pipe Elbow Joint

Joints in pipes come under a lot of stress and strain. This project shows a stress analysis of a pipe elbow to identify whether it can withstand pressure on its flanges as well as pressure from fluid inside. Explore it here.

nonlinear fea analysis of pipe

ElastoPlastic Analysis of an Oil Pipe

In the case where pressure control systems have failed, the risk of blowouts rises, where pressure peaks cause major damage. This nonlinear FEA shows how blowouts can lead to displacement and deformation in elastoplastic material.

fea simulation cracked pipe

Thermal Structural Analysis of a Cracked Pipe

A cracked pipe can lead to leaks and losses. Pipes must be durable and be able tolerate great stresses in order to avoid cracks from occurring. This public project analyzes the effect of a crack in a pipe, looking at the thermostructural properties.

Resources to help you get started

Your hub for everything you need to know about pipe CAE, including FEA and CFD.

Want to run a pipe analysis of your own?

globe valve customer success story

Diinef reduced pressure drop and minimized cavitation damage risk in hydraulic valves with SimScale

“Approaching the design process using simulation with SimScale allowed Diinef to avoid a costly and slow testing process of physical models in the early stages of the project.”
Disposable Pump from Quantex

Quantex used SimScale to test and optimize the design of its disposable pumps

“At Quantex, the SimScale platform gives us access to powerful tools, in an economic package. The support is outstanding and helps add the most value to our engineering capabilities.”

Daryn Bertelson CAE Egineer

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