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A New Tube/Support Impact Model for Heat Exchanger Tubes in Loose Supports

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M. A. Hassan

University of New Brunswick, Canada

D. S. Weaver, M. A. Dokainish

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Paper No. PVP2003-2080, pp. 107-116; 10 pages
  • ASME 2003 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Flow-Induced Vibration
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, July 20–24, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4156-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Heat exchanger tubes are usually loosely supported at intermediate points by plates or flat bars. Flow-induced vibrations result in fretting wear tube damage due to impacting and rubbing of tubes against their supports. Prediction of tube response relies on modelling the nonlinear tube/support interaction. The evaluated response is used to predict the resultant wear damage using experimentally measured wear coefficients. An accurate of prediction of impact forces and the work rate is therefore paramount. The analytical models available assume tube/support contact occurs over a single point. In this paper, a computational algorithm is proposed to describe the tube/support impact considering a finite support width. The new model provides a means of representing tube/support contact as a combination of edge and segmental contact. The proposed model utilizes a distributed contact stiffness to describe the segmental contact. The formulation also incorporates a stick/slip friction model. The model developed is utilized to simulate the dynamics of loosely-supported tubes.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Heat exchangers



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