This paper presents test results of vibration forces in a normal triangular tube bundle subjected to air-water cross-flow. The dynamic lift and drag forces were measured with strain gage instrumented cylinders. The array has a pitch-to-diameter ratio of 1.5, and the tube diameter is 38 mm. A wide range of void fraction and fluid velocities were tested. The experiments revealed significant forces in both the drag and lift directions. Constant frequency and quasi-periodic fluid forces were found in addition to random excitation. These forces were analyzed and characterized to understand their origins. The forces were found to be dependent on the position of the cylinder within the bundle. The results are compared with those obtained with flexible cylinders in the same tube bundle and to those for a rotated triangular tube bundle. These comparisons reveal the influence of quasi-periodic forces on tube motions.
Vibration Excitation Forces in a Normal Triangular Tube Bundle Subjected to Two-Phase Cross Flow
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Perrot, ES, Mureithi, NW, Pettigrew, MJ, & Ricciardi, G. "Vibration Excitation Forces in a Normal Triangular Tube Bundle Subjected to Two-Phase Cross Flow." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 4: Fluid-Structure Interaction. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. July 17–21, 2011. pp. 93-102. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2011-57102
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