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Influence of Upstream Turbulence on the Fluidelastic Instability of a Tube Bundle With Various Flexible Tubes

[+] Author Affiliations
M. Rottmann, K. Popp

University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Paper No. IMECE2002-32718, pp. 605-614; 10 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • 5th International Symposium on Fluid Structure Interaction, Aeroelasticity, and Flow Induced Vibration and Noise
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Applied Mechanics Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3659-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The stability boundaries of a single flexible tube in one of the first rows of a tube bundle can be highly dependent on the turbulence characteristics of the upstream flow, cf. (Rottmann & Popp, 2001). For certain bundle geometries increased turbulence yields a stabilization of a flexible tube in the critical row. If this stabilization also occurs on the more realistic condition of a fully flexible bundle it could be a useful effect with respect to applications. The flow rate in a heat exchanger could be increased or existing stability problems could easily be solved by inserting turbulence grids at the inlet instead of changing the entire tube bundle. Therefore, wind tunnel tests have been carried out with various flexible tubes in the tube bundle. The vibrations in the tube bundle have been carefully observed and measured by means of accelerometers. These investigations still show a significant stabilizing effect of increased upstream turbulence.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Turbulence



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