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Flow-Induced Vibration with Applications to Failure Analysis (Virtual Classroom)

Learn and apply the latest design and analysis tools for the prediction and prevention of vibration in structures exposed to high energy fluid flow.

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The course commences at 9:30 AM and ends at 6:00 PM Eastern, each day, with scheduled breaks throughout.

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Problem-solving methodologies are the main focus of this comprehensive course on practical applications of flow and vibration theory. The latest design and analysis tools for the prediction and prevention of vibration in structures exposed to high energy fluid flow are covered in practical detail.

This comprehensive course reviews fundamentals of flow and vibration theory. Attendees benefit from the problem-solving activities at the conclusion of each section. Topics such as vortex and turbulence induced vibration, galloping, flutter, sonic fatigue and fluid-elastic instability will be covered in-depth. Attendees are introduced to state-of-the-art analysis tools for the prediction and prevention of vibration in structures exposed to high-energy fluid flow. Case studies and a workshop create an interactive course that aid engineers at various levels. 

You Will Learn to:

  • Explain the vortex-induced vibration, galloping, flutter, sonic fatigue, and fluid elastic instability
  • Describe the latest Vibration theory and ASME B&PV Code, Section III: N-1300 on Flow-Induced Vibration
  • Describe the analysis and test techniques in conjunction with strategies for successful design
  • Evaluate examples of heat exchanger vibration, strumming of cables, and vibration and fatigue of pipes and panels
  • Analyze the root cause of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
  • Determine how the flow-induced tube vibrations caused the shutdown at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating station.

Who Should Attend
Engineers in the following fields are strongly encouraged to attend: design, mechanical, product development, system, R&D, noise, maintenance, and diagnostics. Supervisors and managers responsible for the economic impact of flow-induced component damage will also greatly benefit from the course content.

Course Materials (included in the purchase of the course)
Participants receive a downloadable version of the course presentation via the Learning Management System and receive copies of Flow-Induced Vibration, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Robert Blevins.  (Please note that the books are shipped and we cannot guarantee that they will arrive in time for the start of class for late registrants. If your shipping address is outside of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, we cannot ship books to you).

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.  Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course. 


Introduction to Flow-Induced Vibration

Dimensional analysis in fluid-structure interaction

  • Theoretical and experimental approaches to Flow-Induced Vibration analysis
  • Dimensional analysis and model scaling
  • Application to motions of a tall building in wind

Natural Frequencies of Fluid and Structures

  • Single degree of freedom
  • Multi degree of freedom
  • Natural frequencies of Beams, plates and shells

Forced Vibration

  • One degree of freedom spring-mass systems
  • Vibration of continuous structures:
    • Beams, plates, and shells
  • Damping and damper design

Fluid Forces on Structures

  • Drag and added mass of structures in flow
  • Pressure and shear drag, drag coefficients, forces on cylinder in a wake
  • Added mass and coupling between structures in water and dense fluids

Vortices and Vortex Shedding from Stationary Structures

  • Strouhal numbers and the vortex street
  • Reynolds number effects

Vortex Shedding from Vibrating Structures

  • Lock in and lift coefficients
  • Feedback and the motion induced changes in vortex shedding

Prediction of Vortex-Induced Motion of Cylinder in a Flow

  • Coupled response
  • Application to stacks and offshore structures

Reduction of Vortex-Induced Vibration in Air and Water

  • Design of strakes and dampers

Galloping and Flutter

  • Lift and torsion on in inclined airfoils, and rectangular bodies
  • Divergence in a steady wind
  • Galloping an mixed mode phenomena
  • Application to bridge decks and vanes

Heat Exchanger Tube Flow-Induced Vibration

  • Tube and shell heat exchanger design and fluid dynamics
  • Fluid Forces on clusters of tubes
  • Onset of instability and tube wear
  • Application to heat exchangers in chemical and nuclear power industry

Aeroacoustics: Sound Generation by Flow

  • Free propagation
    • Ray acoustics, SPL, and dB
  • Traveling and stationary acoustic waves in ducts and cavities
  • Heat exchanger acoustic resonance
  • Flow excitation of cavities

Vibration Due to Internal Flow

  • Sources of acoustic energy in ducts and piping systems
  • Transmission of sound and turbulence
  • Case histories of internal flow induced vibration
  • Reduction of sound in piping
  • Thermal-acoustic excitation and internal flow instability

Turbulence-Induced Vibration and Buffeting

  • Application of random vibration theory to turbulence
    • Calculation of spectra and structural response
  • Models for turbulence in practical systems
  • Application to process and power plants and in aerospace

Robert D. Blevins, Ph.D.

Consultant, ATA

Robert D. Blevins Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in flow-induced vibration. He is a member of the ASME Special Working Group on Structural Dynamics and, formerly, Chief of Dynamics at United Technologies Aerostructures.

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