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Study on the Aerodynamic Performance of Small Axial Flow Counter-Rotating Fans

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Pin Liu, Yingzi Jin, Yanping Wang, Hongyu Qian, Li Zhang

Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Paper No. AJK2011-06091, pp. 507-514; 8 pages
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference: Volume 1, Symposia – Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Hamamatsu, Japan, July 24–29, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4440-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Small axial flow fans are used as cooling components for computers, electronic equipments and other electronic components. With the increasing power of electrical equipment, the demand for lower noise and higher ventilation of cooling fans to improve heat transfer effects is also increasing. Traditional methods of improving ventilation by raising the fan’s rotation speed causes a decrease in efficiency and an increase in noise. The researchers have found that higher pressure, ventilation and efficiency can be achieved in a small space by counter-rotating fans than single fans. In this paper, 3D simulation has been done on flow field of counter-rotating fans for heat exchange, and the method of large eddy simulation (LES) and FW-H acoustic model have been used to simulate the distribution of noise field. The frequency spectrum from different sound sources has been analyzed, and the optimal ranges of the distance and gap between rotors have been determined. All that will provide a theoretical basis for researches on their characteristics and structure design.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Fans , Axial flow



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