Some knowledge on damping and fluid-elastic instability is necessary to avoid flow-induced-vibration problems in shell and tube heat exchanger such as steam generator. Fluid-elastic instability is the most important vibration excitation mechanism for heat exchanger tube bundles subjected to the cross flow. Experiments have been performed to investigate fluid-elastic instability of normal square tube bundles, subjected to two-phase cross flow. The test section consists of cantilevered flexible cylinder(s) and rigid cylinders of normal square array. From a practical design point of view, fluid-elastic instability may be expressed simply in terms of dimensionless flow velocity and dimensionless mass-damping parameter. For dynamic instability of cylinder rows, added mass, damping and critical flow velocity are evaluated. The Fluid-elastic instability coefficient is calculated and then compared to existing results given for tube bundles in normal square array.

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