Is AutoPIPE suitable for deep offshore analysis as regard to calculating true pipe wall force which will take into consideration the end cap effect and external pressure?
AutoPIPE does apply the axial force created by hydro static forces. This is included in the buoyancy for the GR load case. External pressure can be approximately accounted for by subtracting it from internal design pressure. AutoPIPE has been successfully deployed on many deep water riser analyses. Usually the pipe is close to vertical or lies on the sea bed. Stinger pipes cannot be analyzed in AutoPIPE as we do not handle catenary action..
Model Subsea (Underwater) Piping