Finite Element (FE) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) packages are engineering tools that only initiate the design process for new product development. The real challenge begins when unique testing programs are required to validate what the tools had predicted.
The two main testing categories for fan development are:
• Structural Destructive Testing which includes both individual blade component fatigue tests and complete blade fatigue tests
• Aerodynamic Testing to generate the actual fan performance curves to determine the true operating loads that act on the individual fan components in both normal and extreme conditions.
The specialized equipment required to perform these tests is not commercially available and, therefore must be custom designed for the specific application. The knowledge and experience of the Axial Fans team is essential in not only developing these next generation fan designs but also the custom test equipment is required to validate them to heightened industry standards.
The Axial Fans Int. research and development team has designed and built the following equipment: