The in-flow instability of cylinder arrays corresponds to the in-plane instability of U-bend tubes in steam generators. This rarely occurring phenomenon has recently been observed in a nuclear power plant in the U.S. For this reason, the importance of studying this instability has recently increased. The fluidelastic instability of a cylinder array caused by cross-flow was found to easily occur in air-flow and hardly in water-flow in our previous report. The present report introduces the results of this phenomenon in several patterns of triangular cylinder arrays in air-flow. The pitch spacing between cylinders is one of the parameters, which varies from P/D = 1.2 to 1.5, for a five-by-five cylinder array. The instability is examined both in the in-flow direction and in the transverse direction. The test cylinders are supported with thin plates to move in one direction. The number and the location of the flexibly supported cylinders are the other parameters. Differences between the instability in the in-flow and in the transverse direction are found. Among these differences the most important is the fact that the fluidelastic instability has not been observed for a single flexible cylinder in the in-flow direction, although it is observed in the transverse direction. However, the present preliminary results suggest that the in-flow instability may be estimated with the Connors' type formula as likely as in the transverse direction case.
Study on In-Flow Fluidelastic Instability of Triangular Tube Arrays Subjected to Air Cross Flow
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received September 30, 2013; final manuscript received April 10, 2014; published online August 19, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Samir Ziada.
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Nakamura, T., Fujita, Y., and Sumitani, T. (August 19, 2014). "Study on In-Flow Fluidelastic Instability of Triangular Tube Arrays Subjected to Air Cross Flow." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. October 2014; 136(5): 051302. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4027618
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