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Numerical Study of Fluid-Structure Interactions in Tube Bundles With Multiphase-POD Reduced-Order Approach

[+] Author Affiliations
Marie Pomadere, Elisabeth Longatte

LaMSID – UMR CNRS/EDF, Clamart, France

Erwan Liberge, Aziz Hamdouni

Université de La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France

Jean-François Sigrist

DCNS Research, La Montagne, France

Paper No. ESDA2012-82462, pp. 137-146; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 2: Applied Fluid Mechanics; Electromechanical Systems and Mechatronics; Advanced Energy Systems; Thermal Engineering; Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
  • Nantes, France, July 2–4, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4485-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Fluid-Structure Interactions are present in a large number of systems of nuclear power plants and nuclear on-board stoke-holds. Particularly in steam generators, where tube bundles are submitted to cross-flow which can lead to structure vibrations. We know that numerical studies of such a complex mechanism is very costly, that is why we propose the use of reduced-order methods in order to reduce calculation times and to make easier parametric studies for such problems.

We use the multiphase-POD approach, initially proposed by Liberge (E. Liberge; POD-Galerkin Reduction Models for Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems, PhD Thesis, Universite de La Rochelle, 2008). This method is an adaptation of the classical POD approach to the case of a moving structure in a flow, considering the whole system (fluid and structure) as a multiphase domain. We are interested in the case of large displacements of a structure moving in a fluid, in order to observe the ability of the multiphase-POD technique to give a satisfying solution reconstruction. We obtain very interesting results for the case of a single circular cylinder in cross-flow (lock-in phenomenon). Then we present the application of the method to a case of confined cylinders in large displacements too. Here again, results are encouraging.

Finally, we propose to go further presenting a first step in parametric studies with POD-Galerkin approach. We only consider a flowing-fluid around a fixed structure and the Burgers’ equation. A future work will consist in applications to fluid-structure interactions.

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