Predicting the Performance of an Industrial Centrifugal Fan Incorporating Cambered Plate Impeller Blades
Application of computational methods to industrial fan design processes has progressed steadily over the past decade. The reducing cost of the computer hardware upon which codes run has brought the hardware within the reach of all industrial fan designers. However, the cost of commercially available codes remains high. Open source codes provide industrial fan designers with an alternative. The finite volume open-source solver OpenFOAM has been used by scholars to predict the performance of industrial centrifugal fans incorporating impeller blades constructed from cambered plate, but not by industrial fan designers. This paper presents a modelling approach which we developed for application as part of an industrial fan manufacturers order related design process. We compare numerical performance predictions with experimental results both at peak pressure and at peak efficiency conditions. As a further possible investigation, the simulated flow field is used to predict the patterns of erosion of the impeller.