Offshore pipelines projects, installed by reel-laying operations, are gaining momentum due to the increasing worldwide capacity of Reel Lay Vessels. It is well known that reel-laying installation causes repeated plastic straining (cyclic deformation) and, as a consequence, cyclic strain and ageing test is usually required for qualifying line pipe materials for such installation method. This qualification is typically named reeling simulation.

Reeling simulations can be made via full or small scale. In practice, full scale qualification lead time and full scale reeling simulation machines availability could be a constraint, thus, small scale reeling simulation is usually the best alternative. However, the similitude of small scale versus full scale simulations could be questioned. On this basis, an extensive study was carried-out considering tensile, toughness and sour testing, in order to evaluate the material response after reeling simulation, in order to clarify if the line pipe material will behave similarly regardless the straining method (small scale or full scale).

Different small scale samples configuration for straining were tested, depending on the posterior mechanical or sour test, and two different full scale reeling simulation machines were used for plain pipes straining.

Five seamless plain pipes, X65 line pipe were used for this study, with 3 (three) different outer diameters of 10.75″, 11.67″ & 16″ (273 mm, 296 mm & 406 mm). The current paper will present the main mechanical results of these materials after strain and ageing condition, comparing full and small scale straining methods.

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