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Study on Mechanism for Unstable Vibrations of an Axisymmetric Body in a Cavitating Leakage Flow

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Masaaki Arai

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2002-32220, pp. 1149-1157; 9 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


An axisymmetric body in a cavitating narrow annular parallel passage attains the self-excited vibrations when the apparent passage formed by the cavitation bubbles becomes certain conditions. This paper presents experimental and analytical studies on the mechanism for such unstable vibrations. In order to examine the apparent passage, the cross-sections of the leakage flow containing the cavitation are observed in the one-dimensional leakage model. When the self-excited vibrations occur, the cavitation bubbles disappear in the vicinity of the exit. Relating these apparent passages to the annular passage, the fluid-dynamic forces acting on an axisymmetric body are investigated theoretically. The theoretical results show that the fluid-dynamic damping is negative when the unstable vibrations occur experimentally.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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