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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 6274509, 13 pages
Research Article

Steady-State Thermoelastic Analytical Solutions for Insulated Pipelines

1Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy
2Interdisciplinary Research Center for Biomaterials, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy
3Department of Fire Watch, Public Rescue and Civil Protection, Italian Ministry of Interior, Roma, Italy
4Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy

Received 3 May 2016; Revised 9 August 2016; Accepted 18 September 2016

Academic Editor: Francesco Pellicano

Copyright © 2016 M. Fraldi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A steady-state thermoelastic analytical solution for a multilayer hollow cylinder, composed of an arbitrary number of phases and subject to both radial pressure and temperature gradient, is presented. By assuming each phase to be homogeneous and thermally isotropic and by varying the mechanical and thermal constitutive parameters, a sensitivity analysis has been performed with the aim of finally applying the study to the mechanical behaviour of an industrial pipeline composed of three phases (steel, insulating coating, and polyethylene) under the action of the above-mentioned load conditions. By making reference to a classical Hencky-von Mises criterion, the stress profiles along the thickness of the layers have been carried out, also localizing the onset of plasticity as a function of the temperature variations, material properties, and geometrical features characterizing the composite structure of interest. At the end, some numerical results of practical interest in the engineering applications have been specialized to three different insulated coating materials (expanded polyurethane, laminate glass, and syntactic foam), to highlight the cases in which thermal properties and loads can significantly interfere with the mechanical response in pipes, in terms of stresses, in this way suggesting possible strategies for avoiding unexpected failure and supporting the optimal structural design of these systems.