Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Mechanical Engineering, MS
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
CAA; CFD; radial fan; aeroacoustics
A study was conducted to investigate the predictive capability of computational aeroacoustics with respect to a shrouded, subsonic, radial fan. A three dimensional unsteady fluid dynamics simulation was conducted to produce aerodynamic data used as the acoustic source for an aeroacoustics simulation. Two acoustic models were developed: one modeling the forces on the rotating fan blades as a set of rotating dipoles located at the center of mass of each fan blade and one modeling the forces on the stationary fan shroud as a field of distributed stationary dipoles. Predicted acoustic response was compared to experimental data. The blade source model predicted overall far field sound power levels within 7 dBA and the shroud model predicted overall far field sound power levels within 14 dBA. Doubling the density of the computational fluids mesh and using a scale adaptive simulation turbulence model increased broadband noise accuracy. However, computation time doubled and the accuracy of the overall sound power level prediction improved by only 1 dBA.
Buccieri, Bryan, "Application of the aeroacoustic analogy to a shrouded, subsonic, radial fan." (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2329.