Vibration of Tube Bundles Subjected to Two-Phase Cross-Flow

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M. J. Pettigrew, J. H. Tromp, J. Mastorakos

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 107(4), 335-343 (Nov 01, 1985) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3264461 History: Received October 09, 1984; Revised January 29, 1985; Online November 05, 2009


Two-phase cross-flow exists in many shell-and-tube heat exchangers such as condensers, reboilers and nuclear steam generators. Thus we are conducting a comprehensive program to study tube bundle vibrations subjected to two-phase cross-flow. This paper presents the results of experiments on a normal-triangular and a normal-square tube bundle, both of p /d = 1.47. The bundles were subjected to air-water mixtures to simulate realistic vapor qualities and mass fluxes. Vibration excitation mechanisms were deduced from vibration response measurements. Results on damping, hydrodynamic mass, fluid-elastic instability and random turbulence excitation in two-phase cross-flow are presented.

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