The Measurement of Fluidelastic Effects at Low Reduced Velocities Using Piezoelectric Actuators

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S. Caillaud, P. Piteau

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Département de Mécanique et Technologie, 91191 Gif/Yvette, France

E. de Langre

LadHyX, CNRS, Ecole Polytechinique, 91128 Palaiseau, France

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 121(2), 232-238 (May 01, 1999) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2883692 History: Received July 21, 1998; Revised December 23, 1998; Online February 11, 2008


Fluidelastic effects which are responsible for fluidelastic instabilities may be indirectly measured through the analysis of the vibrating motion of a system under flow. In this paper, piezoelectric actuators are used to increase the vibratory level when buffeting forces which excite tube vibration are low, and to improve the measurement of fluidelastic forces. The proposed method based on an added excitation allows the study of the added mass and provides a better accuracy on the measurement of the vibrating characteristics and, thereby, of the fluidelastic forces. This added excitation method is compared with a standard indirect approach on a tube underwater crossflow. The influence of the level of piezoelectric excitation forces is discussed, as well as the range of application of this technique.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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