Laser-Doppler Velocimetry Measurements Inside a Backward Curved Centrifugal Fan

Tong-Miin Liou, Meng-Yu Chen
2001 International Journal of Rotating Machinery  
Laser-Doppler velocimetry (LDV) measurements are presented of relative mean velocity and turbulence intensity components inside the impeller passage of a centrifugal fan with twelve backward curved blades at design, under-design, and over-design flow rates. Additional LDV measurements were also performed at the volute outlet to examine the uniformity of the outlet flow for the three selected flow rates. Complementary flow visualization results in the tongue region are further presented. It is
more » ... und that the number of characteristic flow regions and the average turbulence level increase with decreasing air flow rate. For the case of under-design flow rate, there are a through-flow region on the suction side, a reverse flow region on the pressure side, and a shear layer region in between. The corresponding average turbulence intensity is as high as 9.1% of blade tip velocity.
doi:10.1155/s1023621x01000161 fatcat:ktq5vflrgna7votnj63lkl6xwq