Prevention and Cure of Flow-Induced Vibration Problems in Tubular Heat Exchangers

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F. L. Eisinger

Equipment Design, Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, Livingston, N. J. 07039

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 102(2), 138-145 (May 01, 1980) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3263312 History: Received September 19, 1979; Online November 05, 2009


Various methods for predicting and solving tube and acoustic vibration problems in heat exchangers in cross flow are presented: the use of stability diagrams comprising in-service experience of heat exchangers, for a general multispan tube model; a method of selecting efficient baffle configurations for prevention of acoustic vibration, a new method of fin barriers, an alternative to conventional baffling; a new method of enhancing the vibration resistance of a tube bank based on the use of a helical spacer; these methods, singly or in combination, can be used to design against flow-induced vibration.

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