Fan Handbook: Selection, Application, and Design

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McGraw-Hill Education, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 640 pages
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The First Comprehensive Guide To All Aspects of Modern Fan Technology Improve your engineering and technical skills with this comprehensive reference on the deisign, selection, maintenance, and repair of fans used in a wide range of applications and industries. You'll find complete coverage of airfoils. . .axial flow fans. . .centrifugal fans. . .mixed-flow fans. . .roof ventilators. . .cross-flow blowers. . .regenerative blowers. . .and much more. With hundreds of graphs, equation, drawings, charts, and tables, this practical handbook explains fan technology and the basics of fluid mechanics--and provide all the information you need on: Codes, Standards, and specifications relating to the design or selection of specialized fans; Testing of fans according to AMCA; Physical laws affecting the performance of fans; Ventilation requirements for fan technology; Helpful symbols and conversions factors. Whether you're a mechanical engineer, designer, or technician, the Fan Handbook will give you the expertise to choose the right fan for any system, install it for maximum efficiency, and keep it running in peak condition.

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As a professional involved in designing and manufacturing of blowers/fans, I can say we have learnt a lot from this book. Having said that there are a lot of limitations to the knowledge it imparts, and there are some errors that need to be rectified. Example-1 - In case of RT blowers (Ref fig. 7.27) it gives a different value for the blade ID and the shroud ID. But the explanation and pictures of RT impeller does not show this difference. (We have never been able to make success ful RT fans). Example-2 - The book gives a long narration of various ranges of dimensions for RT, AH, MH impellers and their casing. I wish the author had taken up examples of real life blowers and given ALL details including sheet thickness, performance tables, bearing sizes, hub details, etc. He has taken up real life examples but with each example he has given limited information leaving several gaps making it very difficult to get real results.
Blade angles - leading and trailing - are given but they do not fit with ID and OD. We have to bend the blades in the middle to get the correct angles. This makes the job based on guesswork.
There are some types of blowers which are not covered or nor covered comprehensively. Information on Forward curve blade design is not adequate. Similarly, low pressure high flow fans are not covered.
As manufacturers we need less of explanation and more of actual ready to use data, which is not available in this book. If the author wishes to contact me my email ID is, and company website is

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Pretty good book if you're looking to build something with a fan in it. I used it for the application of a small fan in an entrepreneurial project, but there was a lot of material geared towards all applications- mostly non-small fan application in fact.

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Frank P. Bleier is a consulting engineer who specializes in the aerodynamic design of air moving equipment. He has done work for more than 130 manufacturers in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has designed and tested over 800 fans of various types. Mr. Bleier was formerly director of research and development for the IIg Electric Ventilating Company in Chicago.

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