Vibration of Tube Bundles in Two-Phase Cross-Flow: Part 3—Turbulence-Induced Excitation

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C. E. Taylor, I. G. Currie

Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

M. J. Pettigrew

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

B. S. Kim

Kaeri, Korea

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 111(4), 488-500 (Nov 01, 1989) (13 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3265707 History: Received August 07, 1988; Revised February 22, 1989; Online November 05, 2009


An extensive experimental program was carried out to study the vibration behavior of tube bundles subjected to two-phase cross-flow. Turbulence-induced excitation is discussed in Part 3 of this series of three papers. Random vibration response to turbulence-induced excitation is a significant vibration mechanism in heat exchanger tube bundles subjected to two-phase cross-flow. The vibration responses of centrally located tubes in four tube bundle configurations subjected to air-water cross-flow was measured. The results are presented in the form of a normalized forced-excitation spectrum which can be used as a design guideline over a void fraction range from 25 percent to 99 percent and over a practical range of flow rates. The data are further analyzed to determine the dependence of the vibration response on Reynolds number, void fraction and frequency. Measurements taken on a single tube, a row of tubes and on tubes having varying end conditions were used to assist in interpreting the bundle data.

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