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The Effect of Angle of Attack on the Fluidelastic Instability of Tube Bundle Subjected to Two-Phase Cross-Flow

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T. F. Joly, N. W. Mureithi, M. J. Pettigrew

École Polytechnique, Montréal, QC, Canada

Paper No. PVP2009-77052, pp. 115-126; 12 pages
  • ASME 2009 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 4: Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 26–30, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4367-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3854-9
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Tests were done to study the effect of angle of attack on the fluidelastic instability of a fully flexible tube bundle subjected to two-phase (Air-Water) cross-flow. A test array having nineteen flexible tubes in a rotated triangular configuration with a pitch-to-diameter ratio of 1.5 was tested. Four different angles of attack ranging for 0 degree (inline flexibility) through 30 and 60 degrees to 90 degrees (transverse flexibility) were studied. For each angle of attack several homogeneous void fractions have been tested (70%, 80%, 90%, and 95%). Stability test results show that the angle of attack strongly affect the tube bundle dynamic behavior. The different mechanisms underlying the fluidelastic instability are highlighted and the results compared to existing data on fluidelastic instability.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Cross-flow



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