Vortex-induced vibrations by axial flow in a bundle of cylinders

Jeroen De Ridder, Katrien Van Tichelen, Joris Degroote, Jan Vierendeels

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This contribution investigates the occurrence of vortex streets caused by axial flow in bundles of cylinders and the vibrations they trigger using numerical simulations. The vortex streets originate from the difference in axial flow speed in the gap between cylinders and the subchannel center. The dependence of this flow instability on typical parameters such as mean convection velocity and pitch-over-diameter ratio will be investigated. In a following part, two way coupled fluid-structure interaction simulations will be used to predict the vibration of flexible cylinders mounted in these channels. These simulations show that cylinders at the border of the bundle experience stronger oscillations. The influence of stiffness on vibrational amplitude is also tested in a parameter sweep.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFIV 2016 Proceedings
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2016
Event11th International conference on flow-induced vibration - The Hague
Duration: 4 Jul 20166 Jul 2016


Conference11th International conference on flow-induced vibration
Abbreviated titleFIV2016
CityThe Hague
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