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Analytical and Experimental Flow-Induced Vibration Analysis of a Shell and Tube Cooling Water Heat Exchanger

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Alberto F. Martín Ghiselli, Raúl M. Kulichevsky, Mauricio A. Sacchi, Alberto J. Pastorini, César G. Belinco

Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Paper No. IMECE2002-32722, pp. 615-621; 7 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


A flow-induced vibration problem evaluation of a shell and tube cooling water heat exchanger equipment installed in a power plant is presented in this paper. The problem produced loss of thickness in many tubes of the bundle, by impact or fretting wear, and the need to plug these tubes to avoid leakage. These vibrations could had been produced by changes in the equipment operational conditions or by a wrong evaluation during the design stage. An analytical and experimental evaluation was made to predict tubes dynamical response and to identify the excitation mechanisms. The original design modification adopted to solve the problem is presented and evaluated.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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