The three-dimensional viscous flow characteristics and the complex vortex system downstream of the rotor of an industrial exial fan have been determined by an experimental investigation using hot-wire anemometer. Single-wire slanted and straight type probes have been rotated about the probe axis using a computer controlled stepper motor. Measurements have been taken at four planes behind the blade trailing edge. The results show the characteristics of the relative flow as velocity components, secondary flow and kinetic energy defect. Turbulence intensity and Reynolds stress components in the leakage vortex area are also presented. The evolution of the leakage vortex flow during the decay process has also been evaluated in terms of dimension, position and intensity.

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