A three-dimensional Navier-Stokes analysis was performed to investigate the tip clearance flows in a highly forward-swept axial flow fan operating at design condition. The numerical solution was based on a fractional step method, and two-layer k-ε model was used to obtain the eddy viscosity. The tip leakage vortex decayed very quickly inside the blade passage and, thus, no distinct leakage vortex appeared behind trailing edge. The main reason was the severe decrease of the streamwise velocity of the vortex. Also the interaction of the vortex with the casing boundary layer and the through-flow were other possibilities of the fast decay of the vortex. Comparison between the numerical results and LDV measurements data indicated that the complex viscous flow patterns inside the tip region as well as the wake flow could be properly predicted, but more refinement in numerical aspects are needed.

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