Abstract

A combination of computational and experimental studies was performed on a 1.1m wide side discharge double-spindle lawn mower deck. For the experimental portion of the study air velocities were measured by using a forward-scatter LDV system. Velocity measurements were collected at several different tangential and axial sections inside the deck. In order to simulate the flow in real operating conditions, a grass feeding system was constructed in the laboratory. LDV test data were also validated by the conducting high-speed video taping of the experiments in several different running conditions.

In the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) work, 2-D blade shapes at several arbitrary radial sections have been selected for flow computations around the blade model. The 2-D computational results were compared with the experimental results obtained in this study.

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