Experimental investigation on design enhancement of axial fan using fixed guide vane

K. M. Munisamy, R. Govindasamy, Savithry K. Thangaraju

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Airflow passes through the rotating blade in an axial flow fan will experience a helical flow pattern. This swirling effect leads the system to experience swirl energy losses or pressure drop yet reducing the total efficiency of the fan system. A robust tool to encounter this air spin past the blade is by introducing guide vane to the system. Owing to its importance, a new approach in designing outlet guide vane design for a commercial usage 1250mm diameter axial fan with a 30° pitch angle impeller has been introduced in this paper. A single line metal of proper curvature guide vane design technique has been adopted for this study. By choosing fan total efficiency as a target variable to be improved, the total and static pressure on the design point were set to be constraints. Therefore, the guide vane design was done based on the improvement target on the static pressure in system. The research shows that, with the improvement in static pressure by 29.63% through guide vane installation, the total fan efficiency is increased by 5.12%, thus reduces the fan power by 5.32%. Good agreement were found, that when the fan total efficiency increases, the power consumption of the fan is reduced. Therefore, this new approach of guide vane design can be applied to improve axial fan performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012026
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2015
Event7th International Conference on Cooling and Heating Technologies, ICCHT 2014 - Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Duration: 04 Nov 201406 Nov 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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