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The Korean Society of Manufacturing Process Engineers Vol.20 No.7 pp.113-120
DOI : https://doi.org/10.14775/ksmpe.2021.20.07.113

# Characteristics of Wind Flow Variation with Wing Development of Space-Reduced Damper

Geun-Uk Baek*,**, Nam-Do Baek*, Myung-Won Lee**, Myungchang Kang**#
*JEIL Industries, 24, Sinhosandan 3-ro, 87beon-gil, Gangseo-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
**Graduate school of Convergence Science, Pusan National University, Busan, Republic of Korea
#Corresponding Author : kangmc@pusan.ac.kr Tel: +82-51-510-2361, Fax: +82-51-510-7396
25/03/2021 20/04/2021 10/06/2021

## Abstract

An experimental device was designed to control the opening of a damper via operating the folding blade drive of the device and to control the amount of air flowing through the damper. In addition, an inverter was installed in the blower to control its fan rotation speed and hence the amount of air flowing through the damper. An experimental study was conducted on the opening of the folding blade damper and changes in the rotational speed of the blower. From the results, the theoretical air volume of the folding blade damper and experimental air volume were observed to be in good agreement within an error range of ±3%. As the mass flow rate of the air passing through the folding blade damper increases proportionally with the changes in damper opening and fan rotation speed, the performance of the damper can be controlled proportionally. The mass flow rate was also observed to increase linearly; therefore, the mass flow rate of the air passing through the folding blade damper increases proportionally with changes in the rotation speed of the blower, such that the performance of the damper is proportional to a constant air volume even with varying rotation speeds of the blower.

# 공간축소형 댐퍼의 날개개도에 따른 풍량변화 특성평가

백 근욱*,**, 백 남도*, 이 명원**, 강 명창**#
*제일산업
**부산대학교 융합학부

## 초록

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## 1. Introduction

A damper is a device installed in a duct opening to change the airflow rate. It is not easy to control the airflow rate in this type of damper because the air volume passing through the damper varies depending on the static pressure and degree of opening of the duct. Moreover, it is more difficult to control the airflow rate in a single blade damper because the airflow rate changes non-linearly according to the degree of the damper opening at the same static pressure[1,2].

In mechanical devices, such as engines and combustors that are operated using compressed air in industrial sites, precise dampers are required to supply CAV and provide proportional control according to the change in the damper opening degree. Moreover, conventional plate-type dampers require a large space when the degree of operation is increased. Therefore, research is required to reduce the space occupied by the damper even if the damper opening degree is increased[10].

Therefore, in this study, we configured the damper such that the damper opening degree can be controlled by operating a foldable-blade drive unit. Moreover, the proposed damper does not require additional space even if the damper opening degree is increased. Furthermore, the volume and mass flow rates of air passing through the foldable-blade damper increased in proportion to the change in the damper opening degree and the number of rotations (rotations per minute (RPM)) of the blower. Thus, the performance result of the proposed damper showed that CAV was controlled proportionally.

## 2. Experimental Device and Method

Fig. 1 shows the foldable-blade damper consists of a wind tunnel, foldable-blade drive unit, blower, inverter for controlling airflow rate of the blower, damper, stabilizer, air volume control device, foldable-blade damper opening degree control device, and gas burner-based thermal energy supply device. During operation, the damper opening degree is controlled by operating the foldable-blade drive unit, which controls the air volume flowing into the damper. Furthermore, an inverter was installed to control the fan RPM of the blower to control the air volume flowing into the damper. A stabilizer was installed at the center position of the duct where the air flows into the damper to ensure that the velocity of air flowing through the cross-section inside the duct would be uniform. In brief, the experimental device was set up to achieve CAV and airflow control in proportion to the change in the damper opening degree. Moreover, a thermal energy supply device was installed to control the temperature of the air flowing into the damper. A flowmeter and temperature sensor were installed at the duct outlet to measure the air velocity and temperature, respectively.

Fig. 2 shows the stabilizer installed at the front-end inside the duct of the foldable-blade damper. As the blower is operated, air enters the duct inlet of the foldable-blade damper and passes through the stabilizer, which maintains a constant air velocity.

Table 1 shows the variables and conditions of the experiment conducted in this study. The experimental variables include the damper opening degree, blower RPM, and hydraulic diameter variation. In the experiment, the damper opening degree was equally divided into ten sections ranging from 10 – 100%, whereas the RPM of the blower was equally divided into seven sections ranging from 172 – 1207 RPM. The hydraulic diameter was divided equally into ten sections ranging from 0.18 – 0.95 m.

## 3. Results and Discussion

Fig. 5 shows the change in the theoretical and experimental airflow rates according to the changes in the foldable-blade damper opening degree and blower RPM. Eq. (1) is used to calculate the damper opening degree ϕ.

$ϕ = A o A c$
(1)

where Ac is the cross-sectional area (m2) of the damper. The length and width of the damper is 1 m. Therefore, the cross-sectional area of the damper is 1 m2. Ao represents the cross-sectional area (m2) after changing the cross-sectional area of the foldable-blade damper. The theoretical airflow rate Qair (m3/s) was obtained using Eq. (2):

$Q a i r = A c V$
(2)

where V denotes the velocity (m/s) of air flowing in the foldable-blade damper. The experimental airflow rate is the value measured for the air volume supplied by the blower. As shown in Fig. 5, the experiment was conducted by setting the damper opening degree to 60%. The airflow rate of the blower was controlled using the inverter. The blower was maintained at 345, 690, and 1035 RPM, respectively, during the experiment.

As shown in Fig. 5, the theoretical and experimental airflow rates coincided well within a range of ±3%. Therefore, the accuracy of the experimental result for the change in the airflow rate based on the change in the RPM of the blower of the foldable-blade damper was high.

Fig. 6 shows the change rate of the airflow rate according to the change in the damper opening degree of the foldable-blade damper. The experiment was conducted by dividing the damper opening degree into ten sections ranging from 0 100%. – As shown in Fig. 6, the air volume flowing into the damper increased linearly as the degree of the damper opening increased. Furthermore, the airflow rate of the blower increased in proportion to the increase in the RPM of the blower. Based on these results, we found that the volume of air passing through the foldable-blade damper increased in proportion to the changes in the damper opening degree and blower RPM, thereby indicating that the proposed damper facilitates proportional control of CAV.

Fig. 7 shows the change rate of the air mass flow rate according to the change in the damper opening degree of the foldable-blade damper. This experiment was conducted by dividing the damper opening degree into ten sections ranging from 0 – 100%. Eq. (3), which is based on the law of conservation of mass, is used to calculate the air mass flow rate $m ˙ a$ (kg/s)in the foldable-blade damper:

$m ˙ a = ρ a A c V$
(3)

where ρc is the air density (kg/m3), and V is the velocity (m/s) of air flowing through the foldable-blade damper. As shown in Fig. 7, the change rate of the air mass flow rate in the damper increased linearly as the degree of the damper opening increased and in proportion to the increase in the RPM of the blower. Therefore, we found that the change rate of the mass flow rate of the air passing through the foldable-blade damper increases in proportion to the change in the damper opening degree and the RPM of the blower, thereby indicating that the proposed damper facilitates proportional control of CAV.

Fig. 8 shows the change in the Reynolds number according to the change in the hydraulic diameter of the foldable-blade damper. Eq. (4) defines the wetted perimeter P (m) of the foldable-blade damper:

$P = 4 a$
(4)

where a is the length (m) of a side in the cross-section of the foldable-blade damper.

Eq. (5) is used to calculate the hydraulic diameter Dh (m).

$D h = 4 A c P$
(5)

Eq. (6) is sued to calculate the Reynolds number ReD

$R e D = ρ a V A μ$
(6)

where A denotes the cross-sectional area (m2) of the damper, and μ denotes the viscosity coefficient (N□ s/m2) of air. Fig. 8 shows the experimental value calculated for the change in the Reynolds number according to the change in the hydraulic diameter under the same experimental conditions, as shown in Fig. 6. As the hydraulic diameter of the damper increased, the Reynolds number increased in proportion to the square of the airflow rate, as shown in Fig. 9. Because the Reynolds number of air passing through the foldable-blade damper increases in proportion to the change in the hydraulic diameter, we concluded that it verifies the reliability of the change in airflow rate in the damper.

Fig. 9 shows the change rate of the airflow rate according to the change in the RPM of the blower in the foldable-blade damper. The experiment was conducted by dividing the RPM of the blower into seven sections ranging from 172 – 1208 RPM. In the experiment, the damper opening degree was set to be 30, 60, and 90%, respectively.

As the RPM of the blower increased, the airflow rate in the damper increased linearly, as shown in Fig. 9. As the flow rate of air passing through the foldable-blade damper increases in proportion to the change in the RPM of the blower, the performance results of this damper suggest that CAV is controlled proportionally, even when the RPM of the blower changes.

Fig. 10 shows the change in the air mass flow rate according to the change in the RPM of the blower in the foldable-blade damper. In Fig. 10, the experimental value was calculated for the change in the mass flow rate according to the change in the RPM of the blower under the same experimental conditions, as shown in Fig. 9. As the RPM of the blower increased, the mass flow rate of air flowing into the damper increased linearly, as shown in Fig. 10. Because the mass flow rate of air passing through the foldable-blade damper increases in proportion to the change in the RPM of the blower, the performance results of this damper indicate that the CAV is controlled proportionally, even when the RPM of the blower changes.

Fig. 11 shows the change in the Reynolds number according to the change in the RPM of the blower in the foldable-blade damper. The experimental value was calculated for the change in the Reynolds number according to the change in the RPM of the blower under the same experimental conditions, as shown in Fig. 9. The Reynolds number increased linearly in proportion to the increase in the RPM of the blower. As the Reynolds number of air passing through foldable-blade increases in proportion to the increase in the RPM of the blower, we concluded that it verifies the reliability of the change in the airflow rate in the damper. Based on the aforementioned experimental results, we expect that the foldable-blade damper can supply air based on CAV and proportional control to various mechanical systems that use air in industrial sites.

## 4. Conclusion

We configured a foldable-blade drive unit to control the damper opening degree and conducted a study on a damper that does not require additional space, even when the damper opening degree was increased, to investigate the performance of the foldable-blade damper. We found that the theoretical and experimental airflow rates of the foldable-blade damper coincided well within a range of ±3%. Furthermore, the accuracy of the experimental result was high in terms of the change in the airflow rate based on the changes in the damper opening degree of the foldable-blade damper and RPM of the blower. As the mass flow rate of the air passing through the foldable-blade damper increased in proportion to the changes in the damper opening degree and RPM of the blower, the performance results of this damper showed that CAV is controlled proportionally. As the hydraulic diameter of the damper increased, the Reynolds number increased in proportion to the airflow rate. Because the mass flow rate of the air passing through the foldable-blade damper increased linearly in proportion to the change in the RPM of the blower, the performance results of the damper showed that the CAV was controlled proportionally even when the blower RPM changed.

## Figure

Experimental apparatus of blade foldable damper
Accuracy of air flow rate of blade foldable damper
The rate of change of airflow volume to the change of the open rate of the large perm of the blade folding damper
Air air volume change rate due to the change in the open rate of the blade folding damper
Changes in reynolds number for change in hydraulic diameter of blade folding damper
The rate of change of air flow rate to the change of the rotation speed of the blower in the blade folding damper
Changes in mass flow rate of air to changes in the number of rotations of the blower
Change of reynolds number to change of rotation speed of a sung fan

## Table

Experimental parameter and conditions

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