A final objective of this study is to develop a tool to predict aeroacoustics noise radiated from a low-speed fan, and its reduction. Aeroacoustics noise that is radiated from a low-speed axial flow fan, with a six-blades rotor installed in a casing duct, is predicted by an one-way coupled analysis of the computation of the unsteady flow in the ducted fan and computation of the sound radiated to the ambient air. The former is performed by our original code, FrontFlow/blue, which is based on Large Eddy Simulation (LES). The latter is performed by using a commercial code, SYSNOISE, which computes the sound fields in the frequency domain. The following three cases of computations are performed for LES with different flow field configurations and/or grid resolutions: a coarse mesh without the struts located, in the actual fan, upstream of the rotor blades, a fine mesh without the struts, and a coarse mesh with the struts. The first two test cases are intended to investigate the effects of the mesh resolution on the prediction accuracy of the unsteady flow field, especially we intended to capture unsteadiness in turbulent boundary layer (TBL) in the second test case with the computational mesh composed of about 30 millions hexahedral elements. The fine mesh LES successfully reproduced the transition to TBL on the suction surface of the rotor blades and gives better, when compared with the results from the coarse mesh LES, agreements with measurements in terms of Euler’s. The final case is used for providing acoustical input data of the sound source. A reasonable agreement is obtained between the predicted and measured sound pressure level evaluated at 1.5 m upstream of the blade center.

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