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    Discussion in 'The main mechanical design forum' started by Jake, Jan 19, 2017.

    1. Jake

      Jake New Member

      Jan 2017
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      Hello! I have been tasked with designing and modeling a blade for a desk fan. The only set parameters are a 200cfm output and a 140mm outer diameter powered by a 12v motor to be sourced by me. Although I am a professional CAD guy, this will be my first time working on a project like this. Could you give me some pointers on where to start? Are there tables to look up blade angle, surface, etc? Thanks!
    3. BrownCoat40

      BrownCoat40 New Member

      Feb 2017
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      To start, 200cfm seems really high. For comparison, I'm familiar with common PC case fans. 140mm/12V is a common selection, and probably millions have gone into their blade design, and as such it's mostly under trade secrets. But those fans top out at a range of about 3000rpm and 80cfm. If you emulate an existing fan design (assuming that they've done the optimization), scaled the fan itself up to 140mm (instead a 140mm frame size), and beefed up the motor to a higher wattage, you may be able to push 200, but the fan would have to run at like 8000+rpm. At that speed, plastic won't handle the load. And then you have to consider how infernally loud that would be. It's within the realm of physical possibility, but just because it can be done, doesn't mean it should be done. I've got ideas on where to start, but I'd like to make sure you weren't set a task with a practically impossible solution.

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