Industrial Fans & Blowers at the forefront of air movement technology
Air Control Industries has been designing and manufacturing air movement products for global markets for over 40 years. Their engineering experience in air delivery systems includes stand-alone fans and blowers; air knife systems; bottle and can drying systems; cable and wire drying equipment; and personnel de-dusting units.
Providing the very highest quality product and customer service has always been of prime importance and a key factor maintaining ACI’s position at the forefront of fan technology. This has resulted in 1000’s of satisfied customers around the world, including many internationally known names.
ACI – Case Study Work
After an extensive benchmark exercise ACI selected Simerics-MP as their CFD solution, as provided by 80/20 Engineering for their industrial fan development. This was mainly due to the software’s ability to simulate the dynamic behaviour of the Fan system including modelling solid particle interaction robustly and efficiently. A high degree of correlation compared to in-house experimental tests was also seen.
Typical Industrial Fan Assembly under test.
Pressure & Flow Visualization within Assembly Solid Particle Interaction using Simerics-MP
CFD techniques are helping design engineers at ACI really understand why their Fans and Blowers have certain key behavioural characteristics in that the air flow paths can be easily visualized. Pressure loss or flow restrictions can be better seen that reveal performance issues. Particle tracking plots help with issues such as ‘decreased throughput’ or ‘low particle collection efficiency’.
Modify the 3D CAD model and rapidly assess the effects of the design change using Simerics-MP
These all lead to an understanding of what design changes will improve the performance or even eliminate any problem area identified.
Using CFD simulation for flow performance prediction can dramatically reduce the number of physical prototypes and the amount of test work required. This will then reduce product development lead times, the cost to the client and enhance the quality of the product delivered.
80/20 Engineering is a specialist Fluid Flow Simulation and Thermal Analysis Consultancy Company. We have a long track record of helping companies implement ‘Design Friendly’ or ‘UpFront CFD’ user environments that we believe will play an ever-increasing role within the product development process. However, often the client project demands are such that there is an urgent need for a design to be improved or a problem resolved. In these situations, we have a team of experienced simulation engineers to call upon.