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Self-Excited Vibration of Cross-Shaped Tube Bundle in Cross Flow

[+] Author Affiliations
Fumio Inada, Takashi Nishihara, Akira Yasuo, Ryo Morita

Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo, Japan

Akihiro Sakashita, Jun Mizutani

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2002-32754, pp. 643-650; 8 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


Cross-shaped tube bundle is proposed for a lower plenum structure in a next generation LWR. Vibration response of cross-shaped tube bundle in cross flow has been measured in water tunnel tests. First, small-scale test was conducted. Tests were conducted with 3×3 flexible tubes as well as single flexible tube in rigid tube bundle. The flexible tubes could vibrate in lift, drag, and torsional direction. The effect of arrangements of tube bundle and the natural frequency ratio of bending and torsional vibrations were considered. Second, a large-scale test was conducted for only one case to check the effect of Reynolds number, in which Reynolds number was 10 times larger than that of small-scale test. In all the cases, large amplitude vibration could appear when the flow velocity became larger than a critical value, and a self-excited vibration was found to occur. The nondimensional critical gap velocity of the large-scale test agreed well with that of the small-scale test, which suggested that the effect of Reynolds number was not so large. A design guideline to prevent self-excited vibration was proposed for cross-shaped tube bundle.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Vibration , Cross-flow



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