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  • Dilip

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    May 30, 2024 at 5:14 pm
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    A fan creates air movement through the principle of fluid dynamics and the interaction between the spinning blades and the surrounding air. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how a fan generates air movement:

    Rotating Blades:

    The key component of a fan is the set of rotating blades or propeller.

    As the blades spin, they create a difference in pressure between the two sides of the blade.

    Pressure Difference:

    On the front (leading) side of the blade, the air pressure is lower due to the higher velocity of the air flowing over that surface.

    On the back (trailing) side of the blade, the air pressure is higher due to the slower air velocity.

    Air Movement:

    This pressure difference causes the air to move from the higher pressure (back) side of the blade to the lower pressure (front) side.

    The air is essentially “pulled” from the back of the blade and “pushed” to the front, creating a flow of air.

    Airflow Pattern:

    The spinning blades create a circular airflow pattern, with air being drawn in from the front of the fan and expelled outwards from the sides.

    This airflow pattern is known as the “cone of air” produced by the fan.

    Air Velocity:

    The speed at which the blades spin, along with their shape and design, determines the velocity of the air being moved by the fan.

    Faster-spinning blades or blades with a more efficient design will generate higher air velocities.

    Air Volume:

    In addition to air velocity, the size and number of fan blades also affect the overall volume of air being moved by the fan.

    Larger fans with more blades can move a greater volume of air compared to smaller fans with fewer blades.

    The combination of the pressure difference, the rotating blades, and the resulting airflow pattern is what allows a fan to create a directed and controlled air movement, which can be used for cooling, ventilation, or other purposes.

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