An experimental parametric study of the surface pressure on a cylinder in the sixth row of a rotated triangular tube array (P/d = 1.375) with air cross flow has been conducted. A range of static displacements were examined. Jet switching was observed in this array and resulted in the large asymmetry observed in the pressure distribution around the static cylinder even in a geometrically symmetric configuration. The large fluctuations in lift force due to jet switching suggest that it should be more seriously considered when designing against fatigue failure. The effect of jet switching on the pressure distribution data was mitigated by deconstructing the pressure distribution into two modes. Forces were calculated from the pressure measurements offering an insight into the fluid mechanics generating the forces. No simple parameterisation was found for either the lift or drag force, but it was found that the drag force was only weakly affected by the tube displacement. The dataset presented here compliments the data previously presented for normal triangular arrays and represents a valuable reference for validation of simulations and flow-induced vibration models.
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A Validation Database for Flow in a Parallel Triangular Heat Exchanger Tube Array
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Mahon, J, & Meskell, C. "A Validation Database for Flow in a Parallel Triangular Heat Exchanger Tube Array." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting: Volume 1, Symposia – Parts A, B, and C. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. August 1–5, 2010. pp. 2237-2246. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM-ICNMM2010-30298
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