It has become evident that the modeling of the complex dynamics of fluidelastic forces that give rise to vibrations of tube bundles requires a great deal of experimental insight. Accordingly, the prediction of the flow-induced vibration due to unsteady cross-flow can be greatly aided by semi-analytical models, in which some coefficients are determined experimentally. A laboratory test rig with an instrumented test bundle is constructed to measure the fluidelastic coefficients to be used in conjunction with the mathematical model derived in Part I of this paper. The test rig admits two different test bundles, namely, the inline-square and rotated-square tube arrays. Measurements were conducted to identify the flow-induced dynamic coefficients. The developed scheme was utilized in predicting the onset of flow-induced vibrations in two configurations of tube bundles, and results were examined in the light of Tubular Exchange Manufacturers Association (TEMA) predictions. The comparison demonstrated that TEMA guidelines are more conservative in the two configurations considered.
Prediction of Flow-Induced Vibrations in Tubular Heat Exchangers—Part II: Experimental Investigation
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Al-Kaabi, S. A., Khulief, Y. A., and Said, S. A. (November 10, 2008). "Prediction of Flow-Induced Vibrations in Tubular Heat Exchangers—Part II: Experimental Investigation." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. February 2009; 131(1): 011302. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3006951
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