Prediction of Acoustic Vibration in Steam Generator and Heat Exchanger Tube Banks

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F. L. Eisinger, J. T. Francis, R. E. Sullivan

Equipment Design Department, Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, Perryville Corporate Park, Clinton, NJ 08809-4000

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 118(2), 221-236 (May 01, 1996) (16 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2842185 History: Received March 09, 1994; Revised August 31, 1995; Online February 11, 2008


Criteria are formulated for the development of acoustic vibration in transverse acoustic modes in steam generator tube banks, based on flow and acoustic parameters. Theoretical predictions are validated against available in-service data for nonvibrating and vibrating tube banks and published laboratory experimental data. The criteria can be used for the prediction of acoustic vibration in steam generator and heat exchanger tube banks both, in-line and staggered.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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