The design of fans has evolved to meet the everincreasing demands for higher efficiency machines, combined with the requirements for lower noise and high availability. In addition many fans are now being used in safety related applications, such as smoke control in buildings and underground spaces in the event of a fire. Variable speed is now more common, leading to some additional design problems and many existing users are revisiting their plant looking at ways to upgrade the fans. The use of numerical simulation techniques is also becoming an established part of aerodynamic design processes.

This event will be a forum for fan and system designers, manufacturers and operators, with the aim of improving our understanding of fans and their system interaction. The conference Fan 2018 will follow a format with three separate, but complimentary tracks.

Keynote lectures:

- "Turbomachinery - Past and Future of CFD Simulations" by Dr.-Ing. Georg Scheuerer
- "Standards and Regulation" by Tony Breen
- "Gotthard Tunnel Ventilation System design" by Christoph Brander

This three-day conference will include keynote lectures and technical presentations. The technical presentations will be organised as three technical tracks (see below), focusing on fan applications and systems, fan noise and fan aerodynamics. All types of fans, such as those used in industrial process, HVAC, electronic equipment, household appliances, automotive and traction fall within the scope of the conference.

Track 1:

Fan application and systems

  • Compliance with Legislation & Regulations
  • Harmonization of Fan Standards Worldwide
  • Operation and Maintenance Considerations
  • Motors & Drives
  • Specialized Fans for different applications
  • Retrofit and Upgrading existing fan installations
  • Fan System Effect
  • Energy related topics (e.g. air curtain effectiveness)
  • Case studies (e.g. tunnel ventilation)
  • Improving Fan Sizing/Selection
  • Fan Retrofits and Replacements for Efficiency
  • Structural mechanical aspects (vibration, fatigue and flutter, preventive maintenance, condition monitoring)
  • Transient phenomena
  • Lessons learnt
  • Scaling methods
  • Market surveillance

Track 2:

Fan noise

  • Aerodynamic fan noise Generation Mechanisms
  • Structure-borne noise
  • Dynamic forces transmission
  • Experimental Methods for characterizing noise sources
  • Noise source localization
  • Design for Low-Noise Fans
  • Noise Prediction by analytical/numerical models
  • Optimization of Fan Installation to Reduce Noise
  • Psychoacoustics

Track 3:

Fan aerodynamics

  • Development of analytical and computational methods
  • Validation and verification
  • Application of analytical and computational methods for fan analysis, design and optimization
  • Physics of aerodynamic losses
  • Inverse Design
  • Unsteady CFD simulations including LES and hybrid RANS/LES
  • Fan Design for improved efficiency
  • Impact of Emerging Technology on Fan Design
  • Experimental methods in fan analysis and design