This article outlines changes proposed for implementation in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section III Appendix N pertaining to Flow-Induced Vibrations (FIV). Several portions of Appendix N were originally written multiple decades ago and are not necessarily readily prescriptive for present-day analyses. An ASME Task Group on Flow-Induced Vibrations has been formed to identify areas of improvement to Appendix N so that the Appendix may be more useable in present-day FIV analyses, and a means of establishing consensus for characterization of this complex phenomena. This paper identifies opportunities for improvement to portions of Appendix N pertaining to Turbulence, Acoustic, and associated Structural Dynamic Modeling, and Data Processing.
Specific suggestions are made for the following: Characterization of acoustic damping and acoustic harmonic responses, updated considerations for aeroacoustic phenomena, structural damping quantification of nuclear components, systematic approaches to modeling (random) turbulence-induced vibrations (including RMS-to-Peak ratio), considerations for leakage flow-induced instabilities, and opportunities to employ computational methods are discussed. Opportunities for the applicability of data processing algorithms such as the proper orthogonal decomposition and circumferential wavenumber decomposition are also discussed and an updated methodology for combination of random and deterministic loads for FIV analyses is presented.