Investigating the Fluid Dynamics of a Louvre to Improve the Efficiency of an Airtrack System

Hannah Shepherd

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
Newcastle College

ABSTRACT

This paper summarises the methodology and research outcomes of the investigation of fluid dynamics of a louvre to improve the efficiency of an airtrack system. An airtrack is a type of air conveyor used to move aluminium or steel beverage cans from one location to another. Improving efficiency is a key driver for all beverage can manufacturers and it is therefore in the interest of the authors employer, a supplier of such equipment, to continually develop their systems to be more efficient. The form and shape of the louvre used in the existing airtrack designs was analysed using 3D modelling software Solidworks Flow Simulation, where comparisons to new designs are also made.

KEYWORDS: Airtrack, Efficiency, Energy, Louvre, Perforations.

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Article Data:

  • Author: Hannah Shepherd
  • Title: Investigating the Fluid Dynamics of a Louvre to Improve the Efficiency of an Airtrack System
  • Issue: Seven Bridges Vol. 6 (2018)
  • Publication date: 05/07/18