Experimental Analysis of 3D Flow in Scroll Casing of Multi-Blade Fan for Air-Conditioner

概要

The multi-blade fan, which has been widely used as a blower for air-conditioning systems of vehicles, is one of the well-established fluid machinery. However, many factors must be considered in its practical design because the flow generated in the fan is quite complicated with three-dimensionality and unsteadiness. The fundamental fan performance is primarily determined by the impeller of the fan, and is also affected by the scroll casing. However, the theoretical estimation of the effect of the casing on the performance has not been well established. In order to estimate the casing effect on fan performance, detailed three-dimensional (3D) flow analysis in the casing is necessary. Stereoscopic PIV (SPIV) is one of the useful techniques for experimental analysis of 3D flow fields. There are some difficulties in practical application of SPIV for flow analysis in fluid machinery with complicated geometry, but the results obtained provide useful information for understanding the 3D flow field. In this report, experimental investigation of the flow in the scroll casing has been carried out using PIV and SPIV under the premise of downsizing automobile air conditioner fans.

著者

Hirahara Hiroyuki Mechanical Science Division Faculty Of Graduate School Of Science And Engineering Saitama University
Kawahashi Masaaki Mechanical Science Division Faculty Of Graduate School Of Science And Engineering Saitama University
KITADUME Michio SANDEN CORP.
HIRAHARA Hiroyuki Mechanical Science Division, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University
UCHIDA Tadashi Sanden Corp.
YANAGAWA Hideki Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University

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