Experimental Investigation of a Friction Ventilator


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Standard decentralized ventilation systems typically consist of two ventilators for inlet and exhaust air and a heat exchanger for the heat recovery. A recently developed device, a so called friction ventilator, combines these three elements into a single functional element. The ventilator consists of circular plates which are rotating centrally in between the inlet and the outlet duct of a ventilation system and generate a countercurrent flow in the two ducts. Furthermore, the discs act as a rotating heat exchanger between the two air flows. To increase understanding of the energy transfer from the rotating discs to the flow an experimental investigation on the effect of different rotor geometries was conducted. The study showed an interesting influence of the hub diameter on the characteristic curves with a higher pressure difference for an increase in diameter. The results of the heat recovery measurement however were only mildly affected by the hub geometry. Here the distance between the discs, the rotational speed of the discs and the volumetric flow seemed to have the greatest effect on heat recovery.



Edited by:

Jörg Franke and Markus Michl




A. Renz et al., "Experimental Investigation of a Friction Ventilator", Advanced Engineering Forum, Vol. 19, pp. 43-49, 2016

Online since:

October 2016




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