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Nahrain University, College of Engineering Journal (NUCEJ) Vol.16 No.1, 2013 pp.

9 - 19

Free Vibration Characteristics of Elastically Supported Pipe
Conveying Fluid
Ali H.Al-Hilli
Mechanical Eng. Dept.
Nahrain University

Abstract
In this study, the effect of support values on
the natural frequency and critical flow velocity
of a straight pipe conveying laminar flowing
fluid is studied. The aim of this work is
deriving a new analytical model to perform a
general study to investigate the dynamic
behavior of a pipe under general boundary
conditions by considering the supports as
compliant material with linear and rotational
springs. This model describes both the
classical (simply support, free, built, guide)
and the restrained boundary condition and it is
not required to derive a new frequency
equation if the boundary conditions is changed
,also the result will be near to reality by
knowing the physical parameters for the
compliant material and the pipe.

Keywords:Pipe conveying fluid, Natural
frequency,
support

Critical

velocity,

and

Elastic

1.Introduction
The study of the dynamic behavior of a fluid
conveying pipe, started in 1950, despite the
great importance of this subject in pumps, heat
exchanger, discharge lines, marines risers,
etc.., the first observation of this phenomena
was made by Ashley and Havilland [1], when
examining the above ground Trans-Arabian oil
pipe line. They considered the problem as a
simply supported pipe.
The free vibrations of pipes conveying fluid
was studied by Huang [2], taking into account,
the effects of rotary inertia on both the fluids
and the pipes, the shear deformation of the
pipes and the leteral inertia force due to the
moving fluids. The theory of dynamics
of pipes containing flowing fluid has been of a
great interest for engineers in various fields.
The results showed that the fluid forces and the
pipe forced will interact with each other. Singh
and Mallik [3] investigated the effect of
harmonic fluid on stability using bolotin,s
concept, it was concluded that, the same
regions of instability also exist in continuous

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Mechanical Eng. Dept.
University of Baghdad

pipe when it was parametrically exited and the
phenomenon was like that of a beam subjected
to an axial harmonic forces. The mass ratio did
not have any significant effect on the regions
of
instability within the range of parametric
values considered. With the increase in the
pressure and the velocity of the fluid, the
instability regions became wider and were
shifted to lower frequencies, damping in the
pipe reduced the extent of the instability
regions and a finite value of the excitation
parameters was required to start the instability.
Abraham [4] studied the vibration and stability
of straight pipe systems conveying fluid, either
steady or fluctuating flow. The supports
considered are different in type and positions,
this work perfferent a general study to
investigate the dynamic behavior for a pipe
with N-spans and general boundary conditions
and that by considering the supports as
compliant boundary material with linear and
rotational springs and dampers. It was
concluded that the support position and values
had a significant on dynamic characteristics of
the pipe.
Dian etal [5] analyzed the free lateral vibration
of thin annular with variable thickness and
circular plates. Study was adopted the finite
element method to obtain the natural
frequencies and mode shapes of the
axisymmetric and non axisymmetric thin
annular. The results showed that the finite
element method was an efficient and
convenient tool for analyzing the lateral
vibration of annular and circular composite
plates with variable thickness.
The effect of induced vibration of a simply
supported pipe conveying fluid with a
restriction, investigated theoretically and
experimentally by
Alaa [6], where transfer
matrix approach was implemented to described
the dynamic response of a pipe conveying fluid
and a numerical technique for solving twodimensional incompressible steady viscous
flow
for
the
rang
of
Reynolds
number(5<Re<1000). It was concluded that the
fluid flow through a pipe with restriction

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The discrtized dynamical equations using spatial finite-difference schemes in the case of steady flow and pulsatile flow.1 Free Vibration Characteristics 10 .For a single-span pipe conveying fluid. 4. subharmonic or to chaotic states. showed that the outer pipe length is a more important design factor than gravity and friction. Wang and Bloom [7] studied the static and dynamic instabilities of submerged and inclined concentric pipes conveying fluid mathematically. Derivation of the equation of motion for stright pipe with steady flow are available in the literature Ref.(1) Stiffness term Curvature term Coriolis force term Inertia force term NUCEJ Vol. 3. 7. Neglecting the effect of gravity. All motion considered small. The pipe is inextensible. 5. it will be considered that the pipe is supported at the two end points.section of the pipe. The convergence study is based on the numerical values. Neglecting the material damping. Shintaro and Masaki [8] studied experimentally the three-dimension dynamics of hanging tube conveying fluid with varying the length of the tube. In the numerical examples.the equation based on beabeam theory is given by. Neglecting the shear deformation and rotary inertia.affected the dynamic behavior of the pipe in addition to the flow field structure due to induced vibration. The pipe considered to be horizontal. 2. In the present study. the free vibration of elastically supported pipe conveying fluid is analyzed under general boundary conditions by considering the supports as compliant material with linear and rotational springs.16 No.Ref [11]……………. 6. the first three eigenvalues of the Timoshenko beam are calculated for various values of stiffness of translational and rotational springs 2.[10]. were found depending on boundary conditions. where the parameters and are taken to have the same values at all the supports Figure (1) Considered Timoshenko beams with (a) the first type and (b) the second type of translational and rotational springs The following assumptions are considered in the analysis of the system under consideration [9]: 1. plane or rotating pendulum. The result was obtained.Theoretical approach Consider a straight uniform single-span pipe conveying fluid of length L where and are the translational and rotational spring constant. (a) denoted by and .. 1 …. Instabilities to static buckling. Neglecting the velocity distribution through the cross.

The equation of motion Eq. To solve the problem of free vibration for a structure.(1) can be written in the following non-dimensional form: 5 2 Substituting Eq.Evaluating Natural Frequency The flexible-flexible boundary condition may be written as:- NUCEJ Vol. (5) gives: where the boundary 1-at x=0. . where + + + =0 : dimensionless rotational stiffness at x=0 : Non-dimensional mass ratio. The parameter of this material will be represented by linear and rotational spring. To describe the classical boundary conditions impedance values are taken to be zero or infinity values. Substituting Eq. 2-at x=0. The general solution to Eq. The method of solution consists of formulating the support condition of a pipe in terms of the compliant boundary material. where : dimensionless rotational stiffness at x= 4-at x=l. (3) into conditions Eq.The Coriolis force is a result of the rotation of the system element due to the system lateral motion. . (2) is given by: . (3) into Eq.16 No1 where : dimensionless longitudinal stiffness at x= These four equations can be written in matrix form as follows: Al-Hilli. a relationship is obtained between the wave numbers and the where : dimensionless longitudinal stiffness at x=0 3-at x=l.1. Ntayeesh 11 . … 3 where Cj is amplitudes of vibrations and is the wave numbers. + + + =0 4 From these relationships four wave numbers can be determined as functions of Ω and the pipe parameters. ( . . (2). since each point in the span rotates with angular velocity [12]. eigenvalues Ω. . first its boundary conditions must be known. : Non-dimensional fluid pressure. . 2.

When the flow velocity is equal to the critical velocity the pipe bows out and buckles. so deleting time dependent term from equation (2) yields: … This matrix can be written as follows: 6 whose its solution takes the form where =1. 2. The non-dimension natural frequency is evaluated by setting term equal to zero For non trivial solution: i. where :dimensionless longitudinal stiffness at x=0 3. the Therefore the frequency can be written as. 2-at x=0. dimensionless . The solution is done by trial and error procedure.Therefore the mechanism underlying instability may be illustrated by static method [13].at x=l. A MATLAB computer program was built for this purpose. where : rotational stiffness at x=0.e. where and are constant and can be evaluated by using the boundary conditions as following: 1. the value of Ω that makes the determinant vanish can be found which will represent the non dimensional natural frequency. the flow velocity in this case is called critical flow velocity. .at x=0. because the forces required to make the fluid deform to the pipe curvature are greater than the stiffness of the pipe.2. This is determinant function to :dimensionless rotational stiffness at x= 4.but function to therefore determinant can be written as. . .1 where :dimensionless longitudinal stiffness at x= These four equations can be written in matrix form as follows: This matrix can be written as follows: where =1. . Evaluating Critical Velocity If the natural frequencies of the pipe reach to zero.4 Trial and error procedure is used to find the value of that makes the determinant Free Vibration Characteristics 12 .at x=l. NUCEJ Vol.3.2.1. where .16 No. .4 .3.

000 38.[14] present work 39.579 2. 3. and the results are given in tables 1 and 2.[14] 9. the first three eigen values of the pipe at with the two types of translational and rotational springs as shown in Figure (1) are calculated and three dimensional plots in Figures. Results and Discussions. Therefore.864 9. The stiffness parameters and are taken as having the values at all the supports denoted by . It is possible to simulate infinite support stiffness by setting the translational or rotational stiffness coefficient equal to at all the supports for comparing the obtained results with the existing results of the classically supported pipe. From the non-dimensional critical velocity is obtained. Also. .347 8. . and by . Effect of the Numerical Value of Support Stiffness.652 7.583 35. Ntayeesh 13 . for the pipe with the first type of the springs.865 9.898 present work 39.400 37.013 38.424 37.579 2.354 Al-Hilli.474 39.Vanish. 3.3460 8.075 88.728 86.899 Ref. In order to investigate the influence of stiffness of the supports on the free vibration characteristics of a pipe conveying fluid. (6) and (7) respectively to illustrate how the frequency parameters change with the spring constants. by setting the translational and rotational stiffness coefficients equal to zero at all the supports.340 87.822 88.478 39.1.1 1 1. f or the beam with the second type of the springs.652 7.16 No1 present work 9. (3).865 84.569 34. (4).5 2 3 NUCEJ Vol. (2). comparative study of the pinned-pinned and clamped-clamped pipe with the classical solutions given in the Ref. u 0. A MATLAB computer program was built for this purpose.946 Ref. [14] is carried out. (5). . a completely free pipe situation can be obtained. Table (1) Comparison study of the first two dimensionless frequencies parameter of the pinned-pinned pipe conveying fluid for various values of u at .

613 60. ..670 61.598 21.510 1.185 19.921 120. NUCEJ Vol.300 117.010 2 3 21.16 No. Free Vibration Characteristics 14 .183 19. .371 Ref.280 Figure(2)The first frequency parameter of the pipe with .328 61.711 21.1 Figure (4) The third frequency parameter of the pipe with .370 present work 61.Table (2) Comparison study of the first two dimensionless frequencies parameter of the Clamped-Clamped pipe conveying fluid for various values of u at .712 60. .900 60.900 1 22.564 60.301 58.340 120. Figure (3) The second frequency parameter of the pipe with .330 58.081 61.5 21.[14] 22. u Ref.1 present work 22.669 present work 120. .604 119.[14] 0. Figure (5) The first frequency parameter of the pipe with .082 22.

The effect of the fluid flow velocity and mass ratio will be discussed. Ntayeesh 15 . there is no remarkable change in the frequency parameters. the value of transverse displacement decreasing when the value of linear stiffness is increasing.87 but. Effect of Fluid Velocity and Mass Ratio. namely.226 to 21. For instance..096 to 7.351 . this tends to increasing in natural frequency. This force is essentially a negative damping mechanism Al-Hilli. the frequency changes from 4. . . when the parameters and are both changed from to Figure (6) The second frequency parameter of the pipe with . (2) to (7).096 to 39. The reason of this behavior. Also. and mass ratio) have direct effects on the dynamic characteristics of the system under consideration. value of and the parameter to is changed from . then the case will be a normal beam system and when the flow velocity equal the critical velocity the pipe bows out and buckles. and is always in phase with the velocity of the pipe. the first frequency parameter changes from 1.. When the values of and are greater than and .2. this tends to small increasing in natural frequency.16 No1 and the parameter 3. for the pipe with the first type of the springs. Figure (7) The third frequency parameter of the pipe with . Mathematically the buckling instability arises from the mixed derivative term(Coriolis) in equation (4) which represents a forces imposed on the pipe by the flowing fluid that is always 90o of phase with the displacement of the pipe. when the parameters and are taken as . The fluid parameters (velocity. becomes 17 times greater in this change. pressure. If the velocity of the flow in the pipe equal zero. But the value of slope is small decreasing when the value of rotational stiffness increasing. because the forces required to make the fluid deform to the pipe curvature is greater than the stiffness of the pipe. the frequency parameter changes from 4.is changed from parameter to . when the spring parameter is taken constant. This situation can be observed from the flat area of Figures. then. it is evident from the obtained values of frequency parameters that. In general the natural frequencies for steady flow decrease with increasing the fluid flow velocity.243. the pipe can be considered as a pipe fixed at the both ends. in Figure (3). respectively in the considered change. Increment in the values of parameters and are more effective on the first frequency parameter of the pipe than the second and third frequency parameters.For example. while the parameter is taken as NUCEJ Vol. Because the value of natural frequency in the first mode is small and any increasing in and strong effect in the value of natural frequency but the natural frequency in the second and third modes is high and the increasing in and small effect in the value of natural frequency. It is seen from the figures that translational springs are much more effective on the frequency parameters than rotational springs. and increase approximately 14 and 5 times. On the other hand.

such as cantilever pipe. there is no difference in the frequency parameter for any value of . vibration. 12and 13) show the variation of the frequency parameter with flow velocity parameter the mass ratio Figure (8) Variation of with for various values of for Clamped. The more effect happen when the value of stiffness is small and this effect decreasing when the value of stiffness is increasing.1 Figure (9) Variation of with for various values of for pinned.16 No. For intermediate values of . Free Vibration Characteristics 16 . For and for . Many studies indicate that the natural frequencies of a pipe with both ends stationary. are strongly affected by the mass ratio [15].which extracts energy from the fluid flow and inputs energy into the bending pipe to encourage initially. Figures (8) and (9) shows the variation of the frequency parameter with flow velocity parameter for different values of the mass ratio for the clamped –clamped and pinnedpinned boundary condition respectively. and ultimately buckling [15]. such as the clamped-clamped or clampedpinned ends. Figures (10. are nearly independent of the mass ratio while the natural frequencies of pipes with one end free to move.pinned pipe. 11. NUCEJ Vol. The effect of mass ratio on the natural frequency depended on the value of rotational and translational impedance of support. for the pinned-pinned and clampedclamped cases. There is very good agreement in the values of with those obtained by Païdoussis and Issid [16]. so less effect happens at the value of stiffness is large. there is a slight decrease in the frequency parameter for increasing values of in classical boundary condition [16].Clamped pipe for different values of for four types of flexible support.

4-The values of linear and rotational impedance are more effective on the first frequency parameter of the pipe than the second and third frequency parameters. =100 Figure (13) Variation of with for various values of at =5. there is no difference in the frequency parameter for any value of mass ratio.16 No1 Following the main summarized conclusions raised by this research: 1-The technique used for modeling the compliant boundary material in terms of linear and rotational impedance allows the designer to describe both the classical and restrained boundary conditions. The reason of this behavior. =180 . Al-Hilli.When flow velocity equal zero or critical value. 7. =175 . But the value of slope is small decreasing when the value of rotational stiffness increasing. there is decrease in the natural frequency parameter with increasing values of mass ratio. =520. =130 . 5-When the values of linear and rotational impedance are greater than . =450. this tends to small increasing in natural frequency. =380 3. this tends to increasing in natural frequency. 2-The natural frequency of a pipe increases with the increasing of the linear and rotational impedance. for intermediate values of flow velocity. =250 NUCEJ Vol. Ntayeesh 17 . there is no remarkable change in the frequency parameters. =10. =170. 3-The linear impedance is much more effective on the frequency parameters than rotational impedance. the value of transverse displacement decreasing when the value of linear stiffness is increasing. =10 . =90 [[[[[ Figure (12) Variation of with for various values of at =750. Conclusions Figure (11) Variation of with for various values of at =110.Figure (10) Variation of with for various values of at =100. 6-The natural frequency of a pipe increases with the increasing of the linear and rotational intermediate impedance.

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