DEVELOPMENT OF A QUIET & EFFICIENT MINING FAN

IN COLLABORATION WITH HYPERFLO

Located in Rouyn-Noranda (QC), Hyperflo is a fan manufacturer and pump distributor for the industrial and mining sectors. The objective of the project described here is to develop a new generation of efficient and quiet fans adapted to underground mining applications. Knowing that underground mine ventilation costs can represent as much as 50% of a mine’s energy requirements, Hyperflo is promising to make mining operations a lot cleaner.

THE MANDATE

As part of this project, Optis has the mandate to achieve the following tasks:

  • Based on performance requirements, define the overall geometry of the fan and associated operating conditions;
  • Provide preliminary geometries for all elements exposed to the flow path
    (nose cone, rotor and stator blades, diffuser, etc.);
  • Mechanical design of the fan elements (hub, blades, shaft, bearings)
  • Support to experimental tests to evaluate efficiency and fan capabilities;
  • Processing of experimental data and design improvement based on experimental validation;
  • Deployment of interactive fan maps to facilitate field operations, improve efficiency and prevent fan stall.

During this project, Optis worked alongside the customer and project partners to bring this project to fruition.

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