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BWC/AECL/NSERC Industrial Chair of Fluid-Structure Interaction

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Research Specification

The purpose of the Chair program is to develop both the fundamental understanding and the applied technology required by industry in the area of fluid-structure interaction. This includes flow-induced vibration, particularly in two-phase flows, damping mechanisms, vibration damage mechanisms and other related topics.
Although, more than half of industrial heat exchangers operate in two-phase flow, much work remains to be done in the area of two-phase flow-induced vibration. Several other related areas of flow-induced vibration are also appropriate for study, such as : vibration of piping systems and dynamic characteristics of nuclear structures. These areas of study provide many opportunities for interesting and relevant research projects for graduate studies. The resulting technology, which includes design guidelines, is expected to improve the quality and performance of process system components such as heat exchangers, piping elements, nuclear steam generators and nuclear reactor internals. This should lead to improved plant reliability worth many millions of dollars per year in Canada alone.

Research Personnel

  • Professors/Researchers: 2
  • Graduate Students: 8
  • Research Assistants and Technicians: 2

Specialized Equipments

  • Advanced Dynamic Analysis System
  • Three two-phase (air/water) flow loops
  • Fiber-optic two-phase measurement system

External Sources of Funding

NSERC, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, Babcock & Wilcox Canada


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