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Experimental Study on Acoustic Energy Absorbers to Suppress Acoustic Resonance in Tube Bundles of Boiler Plants

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Eiichi Nishida

Babcock-Hitachi K.K., Hiroshima-pref., Japan

Masahiro Miki, Noriyuki Sadaoka

Hitachi, Ltd., Ibaraki-pref., Japan

Tohru Fukano

Kyushu University, Fukuoka-pref., Japan

Hiromitsu Hamakawa

Ohita University, Ohita-pref. Japan

Paper No. IMECE2002-33405, pp. 957-962; 6 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 present paper deals with acoustic resonance in tube bundles which occurred in actual boiler plants. A practical method to suppress the resonant noise is proposed based on scale model tests. In those experiments, besides the transverse modes which are relatively well-known, longitudinal modes which are known to be difficult to suppress, were realized. The relation of both kinds of acoustic modes to vortex shedding frequency was clarified. In the following step, a design method of the acoustic energy absorbers is proposed based on the feedback system stability theory. According to this theory, acoustic energy absorbers were equipped in the duct of the test model, and remarkable increase of the critical flow velocity was confirmed for both types of resonant mode. Based on these results, this method was applied to the actual boiler plants and it was confirmed that the proposed method is the effective countermeasure for both types of acoustic resonant modes.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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