RESEARCH PAPERS: Additional Technical Papers

A Preliminary Study of Flow and Acoustic Phenomena in Tube Banks

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J. A. Fitzpatrick

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

I. S. Donaldson

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, The Queen’s University, Ashby Institute, Belfast, Northern Ireland

J. Fluids Eng 99(4), 681-686 (Dec 01, 1977) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448883 History: Received March 23, 1977; Online October 12, 2010


Experiments have been performed in a low turbulence wind tunnel to investigate the effect of tube pitch to diameter ratios, depth of bank, and Reynolds number on the parameters associated with resonant acoustic vibration in in-line tube banks. Results indicate that the depth of a bank is a significant factor in acoustic response characteristics and both the vortex shedding hypothesis and the turbulent buffeting hypothesis are shown to be inadequate for certain configurations. A combination of both hypotheses together with energy levels in the turbulence spectrum is suggested, although no definitive proof is offered.

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