This study conducts a measurement system of a performance of a piezoelectric micro blower. Electronic equipments such as laptop computers and cellular phones become smaller and thinner while their functions become more complex. As a result, a lot of components are mounted in an electronic enclosure and flow passages for the cooling air become narrow. This causes significant pressure drop and general cooling fans cannot supply enough cooling air. To improve cooling performance in small electronic equipment, a new air supply system which combines smaller and thinner size with a high pressure performance characteristic is needed. We focused on a novel piezoelectric micro blower. This blower can supply the airflow with high static pressure using the vibration of the piezoelectric element. This may produce a forced convection cooling with low electric power regardless of the size of electronic equipment and packaging density of electrical devices. However, to predict accurate cooling performance of the piezoelectric micro blower in thermal design, we have to obtain a correct supply flow rate of the blower because the cooling performance of forced convection is significantly dependent on the supply flow rate. Generally, an operating point of the blower, which is the operating pressure and the flow rate in electronic equipment, is the point of intersection of performance characteristic curve, which is the relationship between the blower’s pressure rise and the supply flow rate, and flow resistance curve in equipment. Therefore the measurement of the performance characteristic curve is most important.
We tried to develop the measurement system of the performance characteristic curve of the piezoelectric micro blower with high accuracy. We succeeded to measure the relationship between the supply flow rate and the static pressure rise of the micro blower. Moreover, in order to clarify whether the micro blower is available for a cooling method of high-density packaging electronic equipment or not, we tried to investigate the effects of the obstruction, which is mounted in front of the blower, on the performance characteristic. Then, we confirmed whether the performance of the blower is changed by the components mounted near the blower or not.