Jetties or drilling platforms usually stand in the water on piles. Flowing water exerts forces on the part of the piles that is located under water, possibly causing vibrations. The vibrations can lead to component failure.
The vibrations are caused by the interaction between the water and the pile. For example, flow around a pile can lead to the formation of a Karman vortex street. The detachment of these vortices causes a change in the flow direction. In the worst case the vortex shedding frequency corresponds to the natural frequency of the pile.
HM 160.61 enables the observation of a single vibrating pile. The pile is a rod that is fixed in the flume bottom. Rods with different diameters are included in the scope of delivery. As additional masses, the rods can be loaded with different weights.