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Design of a Small Snow Gun for Limited Area Using CFD

[+] Author Affiliations
François Morency, Stéphane Hallé, Slawomir Dreger, Daniel Jacques

Université du Québec, Montréal, QC, Canada

Paper No. ESDA2006-95157, pp. 657-665; 9 pages
  • ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 2: Automotive Systems, Bioengineering and Biomedical Technology, Fluids Engineering, Maintenance Engineering and Non-Destructive Evaluation, and Nanotechnology
  • Torino, Italy, July 4–7, 2006
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4249-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3779-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Most of the ski resorts rely on man made snow for early opening of the slope in fall and improve snow cover all winter. This paper present tools and relation useful for conceptual and preliminary sizing of a fan snow gun. Once an initial shape is obtained, design is enhanced using numerical simulation of fluid flow by CFD commercial flow solver. Proposed simple relations are helpful but still need further improvement. As design get more complex and precise, CFD solutions become more attractive. With actual CFD tools, it should be possible to run 3D simulation of a fan snow gun.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Design



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