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AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON THE FLUIDELASTIC FORCES ACTING ON A SQUARE TUBE BUNDLE IN TWO-PHASE CROSS-FLOW

F. Inada, K. Kawamura, A. Yasuo, Kimitoshi Yoneda
Published 2002 · Mathematics

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Abstract A tube in a square tube bundle of P/D=1·42 was oscillated in the lift direction in air–water two-phase cross-flow, and fluidelastic forces acting on the oscillated tube were measured. First, the tube amplitude was fixed to 3 mm (=0·136 D), and added mass, damping, and stiffness coefficients were obtained as a function of two-phase mixture characteristics such as nondimensional gap velocity and void fraction. When reference mixture density and velocity were estimated, the drift–flux model, in which the relative velocity between the gas and liquid phases was estimated, generated better results than the homogeneous model. The added mass coefficient was obtained from quiescent two-phase flow as a function of void fraction. Using the added mass coefficient, the added stiffness coefficient converged to zero with decreasing nondimensional gap velocity. This overcame the contradiction in the added stiffness estimation without added mass, in which the added stiffness coefficient did not converge to zero with decreasing nondimensional gap velocity. Next, the effects of the vibration amplitude on the fluidelastic force coefficients were considered. When the tube amplitude was 3 mm (=0·136 D) or less, the equivalent added stiffness and damping coefficients were almost constant and nonlinearity was small. This showed the validity of the fluidelastic force coefficients obtained based on the data of amplitude of 3 mm. The linearity did not exist when the tube displacement amplitude was 4·5 mm (=0·205 D) or more; a remarkable nonlinearity appeared in the equivalent added damping coefficient. A method to estimate the limit-cycle amplitude of the fluidelastic vibration was proposed when only one tube in the tube bundle was able to vibrate in the lift direction. The amplitude could be obtained from the amplitude at which the equivalent added damping coefficient changed from negative to positive with increase in the tube amplitude.
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