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A New Approach to Model Axial Fans in Commercial CFD Tools

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Nader Sadeghi, Fred Barez

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Younes Shabany

Flextronics, San Jose, CA

Paper No. IPACK2005-73336, pp. 483-486; 4 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems collocated with the ASME 2005 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Advances in Electronic Packaging, Parts A, B, and C
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 17–22, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4200-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3762-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Most commercial CFD tools use fan curves to represent a fan. However, the presence of a blockage near inlet or exhaust of a fan and a restricted airflow direction will alter the fan performance, and the use of the original fan curve may result in erroneous results in these cases. A new approach to model fans will be presented in this paper. Using conservation of mass, momentum and energy, and the velocity triangles, this model relates velocity and pressure at fan exhaust to the corresponding values at fan inlet as well as fan geometry, rotational speed and fan blade lift and drag coefficients.

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