Location

Rolla, MO

Session Start Date

6-11-1999

Session End Date

6-17-1999

Keywords and Phrases

Fans; Axial; Monitoring; Pressure; Transient; Analysis; Stall

Abstract

As the axial fan blades move within the fan case pressure transients are developed, which can be measured and qualified by a fixed point monitor. The nature of the pressure transient pattern observed close to the fan blade varies with the location on the fan performance curve. Measurement of the pressure fluctuation around the fan blade ring reveals the minute variation in pressure associated with the movement of the air within the fan. Such observations could be the basis for an on-line fan monitoring system based on the acoustic emissions from the fan blade. This paper describes a preliminary study that was conducted to evaluate the nature of the pressure transient profiles close to the blade of a laboratory axial flow fan. A comparison is made between the transient patterns measured in the fan blade/case gap and immediately behind the fan blade ring. The experimental work involves measurements of transient pressures at various points along the fan performance curve for a series of fan speeds. Of particular interest are those points measured as the fan approaches the stall point. Analysis of the data seeks to define a relationship between the fan performance and the observations. Finally, some thoughts as to how such measurement methods could be employed in fan monitoring systems are presented.

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Appears In

U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium

Meeting Name

8th U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-11-1999

Document Version

Final Version

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Axial Fan Monitoring by Pressure Transients Close to the Blades, a Preliminary Study

Rolla, MO

As the axial fan blades move within the fan case pressure transients are developed, which can be measured and qualified by a fixed point monitor. The nature of the pressure transient pattern observed close to the fan blade varies with the location on the fan performance curve. Measurement of the pressure fluctuation around the fan blade ring reveals the minute variation in pressure associated with the movement of the air within the fan. Such observations could be the basis for an on-line fan monitoring system based on the acoustic emissions from the fan blade. This paper describes a preliminary study that was conducted to evaluate the nature of the pressure transient profiles close to the blade of a laboratory axial flow fan. A comparison is made between the transient patterns measured in the fan blade/case gap and immediately behind the fan blade ring. The experimental work involves measurements of transient pressures at various points along the fan performance curve for a series of fan speeds. Of particular interest are those points measured as the fan approaches the stall point. Analysis of the data seeks to define a relationship between the fan performance and the observations. Finally, some thoughts as to how such measurement methods could be employed in fan monitoring systems are presented.