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NUMECA will be presenting at the FAN 2018 International Conference, organised in Darmstadt, Germany, 18 – 20 April 2018.

FAN 2018 is one of only a few truly international technical forums for the Fan Industry. These events are unique in providing the opportunity to network with companies and academic institutions from across the globe. 

This year's edition includes 3 days of technical presentations (Fan applications & Systems, Fan Aerodynamics, Fan Noise), keynotes, an exhibition, social networking events and panel sessions. If you are involved in the Fan industry, this is a must attend event!

NUMECA paper: "Integrated CFD-Acoustic Approach to the Simulation of Tonal and Broadband Noise Generated by Axial and Centrifugal Fans"

Piergiorgio Ferrante, NUMECA International
Paolo di Francesantonio, 2STS – Scientific and Technical Software
Charles Hirsch, NUMECA International


An innovative computational approach for the simulation of noise generated by axial and centrifugal fans is presented, integrating mesh generation, CFD simulation and acoustic propagation analysis. The simulation chain includes methods for the efficient and accurate simulation of tonal and broadband noise, providing affordable alternatives to more traditional but expensive unsteady approaches.

The simulation of tonal noise is based on the application of the Non-Linear Harmonic (NLH) method for the noise sources related to blade passing frequencies and their harmonics, as well as propagation in the fan duct (including sound absorbing material) and in the near-field, followed by a propagation analysis to the far-field based on either a Boundary Element Method (BEM) or a Ffowcs Williams – Hawkings (FW-H) formulation. With this approach the simulation time is one to two orders of magnitude faster than with full-unsteady traditional multistage approaches with URANS models.

Typical computational approaches for broadband noise are based on time domain methods (e.g. LES, DES) requiring large computational efforts. The cost-efficient approach proposed by NUMECA exploits the Adaptive Spectral Reconstruction (ASR) method, based on a stochastic reconstruction of the turbulent noise sources. The method relies on a steady RANS solution allowing the application for preliminary design assessment and optimization. The frequency content of the turbulent field and the spatial cross-correlation of the turbulence scales are reconstructed. The noise sources (Lamb vectors) are extracted from the reconstructed turbulence and propagated in the near-field with a Finite Element Method (FEM) solving the Pierce-Howe Convective Wave Equation in the frequency domain. The far-field radiation is finally computed by a BEM solver.

The above mentioned computational chain is implemented in NUMECA’s Flow Integrated Environment (FINE) suite, providing wizard automation and best practices. In the frame of this study, the suite is applied to the simulation of the noise generated by two different axial fans, respectively the Advanced Noise Control Fan (ANCF) operated by NASA Glenn Research Center and the NPU-fan, currently exploited in the IMAGE project, operated in the Turbomachinery Aerodynamics and Acoustics Laboratory (TAAL) of the Northwestern Polytechnical University of Xi’an, China. Centrifugal fans will be also considered. For all the fans, tonal and broadband noise predictions are compared with experimental data in order to demonstrate the level of accuracy and the computational performance. The results obtained indicate in general a reasonable prediction of tonal and broadband noise in terms of levels and trends with some exceptions for specific propagation angles.

Presentation of the Paper by Dr.-Ing. Thomas Hildebrandt within „F2 – Noise Prediction by Analytical or Numerical Models II“
Date: 19 April 2018, 16:00 – 18:30

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Anne-Marie Schelkens

Anne-Marie is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator of NUMECA International, responsible for driving our worldwide marketing activities. Prior to joining the company in 2016, she held various roles in the Automotive and ICT industry in Belgium and Spain.


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