Fan-shroud optimization for enhanced thermal performance
- Magazine Article
Tighter emissions requirements and underhood packing due to higher power demands from engines necessitate more optimized cooling packages. Fan and fan-shroud design is crucial for underhood airflow management. Fan shrouds funnel cooling air, which is sucked by the fan and passed through heat exchangers. Shroud design affects both the airflow and the noise generated by the fan.
The vehicle underhood compartment consists of the engine and cooling package. In heavy-duty trucks, the cooling package includes the heat exchanger, fan shroud and fan. To optimize the fan-shroud shape to maximize cooling air mass flow rates through the heat exchangers, researchers from