Seismic analysis of tube bundle is of paramount importance in the safety assessment of nuclear installations. These analyses require in particular the calculation of frequency, mode shape and effective mass of the system eigenmodes. As fluid-structure interaction effects can significantly affect dynamic behaviour of immersed structures, the numerical modeling of the tube bundle has to take into account FSI. A complete modeling of heat exchangers (including pressure vessel, tubes and fluid) is not accessible to the engineer for industrial design studies. In the past decades, homogenization methods have been studies and developed in order to model tubes and fluid through an equivalent continuous media, thus avoiding the tedious task to mesh all structure and fluid sub-domains within the tube bundle. Few of these methods have nonetheless been implemented in industrial finite element codes. In previous papers (Sigrist & Broc, Pressure Vessel and Piping, Vancouver, July 2006), a homogenization method has been developed and applied to an industrial case for the modal analysis of a nuclear rector with internal structures and coupling effects modeling. The present paper aims at investigating the application of the proposed method for the dynamic analysis of tube bundle. The homogenization method is compared with direct and indirect fluid-structure coupled methods for the calculation of eigenmode frequencies, shapes and modal masses.

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