This paper presents the results of tests on the vibration of a normal triangular tube bundle subjected to air–water cross-flow. The pitch-to-diameter ratio of the bundle is 1.5, and the tube diameter is 38 mm. The tubes were preferentially flexible in one direction. Both the lift and the drag direction were tested. A wide range of void fractions and fluid velocities was tested. Fluidelastic instabilities and tube resonances were observed. The resonances induced significant vibration amplitudes at high void fractions in the lift direction. The results are compared with those obtained with a rotated triangular tube bundle. They show that the normal triangular configuration is more stable than the rotated triangular configuration.
Fluidelastic Instability in a Normal Triangular Tube Bundle Subjected to Air-Water Cross-Flow
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Ricciardi, G., Pettigrew, M. J., and Mureithi, N. W. (October 3, 2011). "Fluidelastic Instability in a Normal Triangular Tube Bundle Subjected to Air-Water Cross-Flow." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. December 2011; 133(6): 061301. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4004562
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