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Numerical analysis of shell-side flow-induced vibration of elastic tube bundle in heat exchanger

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The responses of the flow-induced vibration of an elastic tube bundle subjected to the shell-side cross flow are investigated in this paper. The weak coupling method and the fluid solid interface are used to solve the fluid-structure interaction problem with consideration of the geometry and physical natures. The effects of the shell-side fluid flow velocity and the structural parameters on the flow-induced vibration are discussed. Numerical results demonstrate that the vibration frequency and amplitude at the monitor points increase with the increase of the shell-side water inlet velocity in all directions. The wall thickness and the external diameter of the elastic tube bundle have significant effects on the responses of the flow-induced vibration. The structural parameters affect the vibration frequency and amplitude, and the vibration equilibrium position in the water flow direction. The vibration frequency decreases with the increase of the tube external diameter. In addition, the vibration in the water flow direction has a lower equilibrium position when the elastic tube bundle has a larger wall thickness or smaller external diameter.

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This work was supported by the Key Projects of Young Teachers Natural Science Foundation of Anhui University of Science and Technology (Grant No. QN201613).

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Correspondence to Pei-qi Ge  (葛培琪).

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Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51475268).

Biography: Jia-dong Ji (1982-), Male, Ph. D.

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Ji, Jd., Ge, Pq. & Bi, Wb. Numerical analysis of shell-side flow-induced vibration of elastic tube bundle in heat exchanger. J Hydrodyn 30, 249–257 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42241-018-0036-3

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