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Reynolds Number Effects on Hydrodynamic Coefficients for Pure In-Line and Pure Cross-Flow Forced Vortex Induced Vibrations

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Jamison L. Szwalek, Carl M. Larsen

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2009-79399, pp. 439-452; 14 pages
  • ASME 2009 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; CFD and VIV
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, May 31–June 5, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4345-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3844-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


In-line vibrations have been noted to have an important contribution to the fatigue of free spanning pipelines. Still, in-line contributions are not usually accounted for in current VIV prediction models. The present study seeks to broaden the current knowledge regarding in-line vibrations by expanding the work of Aronsen (2007) to include possible Reynolds number effects on pure in-line forced, sinusoidal oscillations for four Reynolds numbers ranging from 9,000 to 36,200. Similar tests were performed for pure cross-flow forced motion as well, mostly to confirm findings from previous research. When experimental uncertainties are accounted for, there appears to be little dependence on Reynolds number for all three hydrodynamic coefficients considered: the force in phase with velocity, the force in phase with acceleration, and the mean drag coefficient. However, trends can still be observed for the in-line added mass in the first instability region and for the transition between the two instability regions for in-line oscillations, and also between the low and high cross-flow added mass regimes. For Re = 9,000 , the hydrodynamic coefficients do not appear to be stable and can be regarded as highly Reynolds number dependent.

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