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Vortex-Induced Vibration Current Tank Tests of Two Equal Diameter Cylinders Offset From Tandem

[+] Author Affiliations
Don W. Allen, Dean L. Henning, Li Lee

Shell Global Solutions (US), Inc., Houston, TX

Paper No. OMAE2004-51116, pp. 227-234; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 20–25, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3743-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3738-6
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Two equal diameter ABS cylinders, offset from tandem, were subjected to uniform and sheared flows in a current tank at subcritical Reynolds numbers. Both tubes were filled with a saltwater solution to produce a specific gravity of 1.38. An accelerometer in each cylinder was used to measure the vortex-induced vibration response, which primarily varied between the third and seventh transverse bending modes. The cylinders were spaced at 3 to 20 diameters in the in-line direction and at 0, 0.5, and 1.0 diameter in the offset direction. Test results indicate that a downstream cylinder, for a pure tandem (no offset) configuration, experiences less vibration than the upstream cylinder when the upstream cylinder rms displacement is larger than about 0.35D. Offsets of 0.5 and 1.0 times the outside diameter produce lower vibration of the downstream cylinder relative to that of the upstream cylinder.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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