Scott S. Kurszewski - Wittenberg WI,
Timothy Kuski - Mosinee WI,
Greenheck Fan Corporation - Schofield WI
A centrifugal fan has an inlet bell that induces turbulence in the intake air stream so as to better distribute air across the rotating radial fan blades and thereby increase fan efficiency. The “turbulator” feature is one or more preferably arcuate surfaces integrally formed in the inlet bell to either project into or away from the intake air stream. The turbulator disrupts smooth air flow across the inside surface of the inlet bell has the effect of randomizing the air at the boundary layer to reduce separation of the air from the inlet bell as it leaves the inlet bell and enters the impeller. The air can thus follow the contour of the inlet bell more closely to make a tighter radius turn as it enters the impeller. In so doing, air is delivered across more of the fan blades so that output air flow is increased.