In the nuclear industry, tube arrays immersed in dense fluid are often encountered. These systems have a large amount of tubes necessary to increase the thermal power exchanged and their dynamical analysis for safety assessment and in life operation is one of the major concern of the nuclear industry.
The presence of the fluid creates a strong coupling between tubes which must be taken into account for complete dynamical analysis. However, the description of fluid’s effects on oscillating structures demands great numerical efforts, especially when the tube number increases making any direct numerical simulations impossible to achieve.
In this framework, homogenization methods are a possible solution in order to deal with tube bundle Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) problems; in fact, it gives the possibility to analyze the dynamics of the global coupled system in large domain with reasonable degree of detail and faster simulations times.
At the CEA of Saclay a method based on the linearized Euler equations has been developed. It was presented in a previous PVP conference and its main goal is to assess the effect of spatial deformations of the tube bundle displacement field on the dynamic behavior.
In the present paper, after an analysis on the modeling of fluid force where dissipative effects are significant, a homogenized model based on the Navier-Stokes equations is introduced. Simulations in bi-dimensional configurations for different excitations are performed.