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Suppression of Acoustic Waves in Steam Generator and Heat Exchanger Tube Banks

[+] Author Affiliations
F. L. Eisinger, R. E. Sullivan

Foster Wheeler Power Group, Inc., Clinton, NJ

Paper No. IMECE2002-33377, pp. 925-934; 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


Tube banks located in flow channels and exposed to crossflow have a low resistance to acoustic resonance and vibration in general. Such resistance can be increased substantially by placing acoustic baffles inside the tube banks. The locations and the number of baffles play an important role in the degree of their effectiveness of suppressing acoustic waves. One or two baffles placed within a tube bank will raise the threshold to acoustic vibration significantly. Optimum baffle locations suppressing acoustic resonance and vibration or reducing noise levels at resonance can be determined. A general procedure based on acoustic particle velocity mode shape functions is presented for the evaluation of the acoustic baffle effects.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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