Abstract

Piezoelectric fans have attracted attentions in the past decades because of their low energy consumption, low noise level, light weight and reliability. A novel form of piezoelectric flapping fan is characterized experimentally and numerically. An experimental setup was built to measure the pressure and flow rate of piezoelectric fans with low static pressure at various frequencies. The fan performance curve was established. A high speed camera system was used to analyze the oscillation motion of the fan wings. The displacement of the leading edge and trailing edge of the piezoelectric fan wings are used as inputs to describe the deflection of the fan in the numerical model. The flow field obtained from the model is analyzed. The vortex shedding is observed and discussed. The pressure and flow rate obtained from the 2D numerical model are compared with the experimental results. The results provide a fundamental understanding of a piezoelectric fan with opposing oscillating wings.

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