HyBlade® axial fans made by ebm-papst
HyBlade® axial fans: incredibly quiet, unbelievably efficient
With HyBlade®, an innovative and at the present time also a unique hybrid structure for fan blades, ebm-papst is redefining the strengths of large axial fans! Entirely new standards are set by this combination of an aluminium supporting structure and a cladding or sleeve made of fibreglass-reinforced plastic. Above all, the optimised aerodynamic shape results in enormous noise reduction while significantly increasing the efficiency compared to conventional blades.
We are taking the next step
The advantages of our large axial fans are really nothing new in the refrigeration and climate control business. After all, ebm-papst has long enjoyed a reputation in this segment for premium quality and premium performance. However, continuously rising requirements in practice demand of us that we never cease to conduct new research into fan technology capabilities. The primary requirements are for the maximum possible airflow rating at the lowest possible noise level.
However, the specification profile our developers set themselves also included an optimised efficiency rating, improved corrosion protection, reduced weight and environmentally-aware production with a favourable energy-to-output ratio. For this reason, we are never satisfied with small facelifts or with an evolution of the familiar. For this next stage in development, we are taking a giant step forward. The outcome is genuinely impressive: HyBlade® – a term embodying the notion of raising the bar very long way indeed in many disciplines, and setting the next set of milestones for the fan technology sector.
- Massive weight reduction
- Ultra-efficient blade profiling
- Revolutionary noise reduction
- Substantial improvement in efficiency rating
- Significantly more environmentally compatible production
- Available in AC and EC technology
Stability and intelligence to the power of two: HyBlade® meets GreenTech EC technology
HyBlade® combines the benefits of two contrasting materials in an ultra-efficient manner. Through this intelligent combination, new advantages emerge, while existing benefits are further enhanced. Above all in conjunction with GreenTech EC motor, HyBlade® axial fans become true pioneers of efficiency. Their limitless range of application has delivered firm evidence of how well this new technology is able to contend around the world.
One and one make one
Intensive research for improvements in the geometry of the blades of large axial fans has led to a revolutionary new hybrid concept. In the world of technology, "hybrid" always means a combination of different elements. The special feature of this is that even the initial elements can depict a functioning solution. However, only when they are combined do new, positive characteristics emerge from the original benefits.
This is where HyBlade® really scores
The stability of an ultra-strong aluminium alloy inside combined with the lightness and unrestricted malleability of plastic on the outside – that is the ingenious combination which characterises HyBlade® technology. While the corrosion-resistant aluminium structure in the core of the HyBlade® blade assures a permanent connection with the rotor, the external sheath of fibreglass-reinforced plastic imbues the blade with an aerodynamically optimised shape.
First of all, this lightweight mantle initially has a substantial and positive impact on the total weight of the fan, and also helps to reduce noise levels through its favourable damping characteristics. The most important thing however is this: Whereas sheet metal components can only be adapted by means of stamping, bending or embossing, plastics are no problem to turn into three-dimensional shapes. Optimisation of the blade design therefore no longer faces any obstacles – even down to the level of minute detail. Even winglets on the blade tips, of the kind now familiar from motor racing and aircraft design, are now an easy matter to accomplish. These have an aerodynamically favourable effect and minimise turbulence between blade and housing, thereby also enabling the fan to operate even more quietly and with a higher efficiency rating.
EC – two letters for energy efficiency
EC technology is the key foundation of our energy-efficient motors: on average 30 % less energy consumption, up to 70 % for some applications – that is a word. The controllable drives are bus-compatible and besides saving energy achieve a superb level of efficiency of up to 90 %. In addition, they are completely maintenance-free and have a much longer service life.
HyBlade® overall impression: excellent
The outstanding characteristics of HyBlade® technology have also made a lasting impression with prominent independent institutions. In early 2008, HyBlade® was awarded the iF material award (iF International Forum Design GmbH), a prestigious award for excellent material solutions.
First-class energy balance: HyBlade® in day-to-day operation
Our axial fans in HyBlade® technology have outstanding characteristics in every respect, bound to turn them into the future benchmark for industry due to their responsible use of resources, their soft impact on the environment in terms of noise – or simply because they are so easy and quick to install. One other factor gaining in importance day by day is their very positive primary and secondary so called "energy balance" (EU rating for energy saving).
Power delivered in silence
As we see it, environmental protection should also be extended to include noise management. Particularly in the case of large axial fans which are frequent ly found outside buildings, plying their trade inside heat exchangers, it is important to keep noise at an absolute minimum. Here, HyBlade® with its optimal adjustability in terms of blade geometry is an ideal solution. As the glassfibre reinforced plastic is enormously flexible, the impeller can be easily adjusted to meet different operating specifications. These new aerodynamic characteristics reduce noise levels to a minimum and help to make HyBlade® fans some of the quietest fans in their class.
Lightweight for easy handling
Another ace in your hand: ease of installation of HyBlade® axial fans! Yes indeed, it is remarkably easy to install HyBlade® axial fans. It is genuinely true to say that changing from conventional fan designs to new fans equipped with HyBlade® technology is superbly uncomplicated. These devices have the same dimensions, mounting flanges and connections as previous models. This means that they are technically fully compatible and this makes the changeover process as easy as never before. In this respect, the lighter weight of the assembled final units has an important role to play, enabling operating staff to make light work of installing this new equipment.
Potential energy saving in terms of raw materials – an example
For one, the substantially lower weight of the finished HyBlade® axial fans reduces the fuel consumption during transport to the final location. However, the really significant saving in energy is achieved during production of the eminently recyclable raw plastic material and the subsequent processing culminating in the finished product: in every respect. HyBlade® is vastly superior to results achieved by comparable fans based on conventional designs.
The electrical energy input required to generate one kilogram of primary aluminium is approx. 15.4 kWh; this does not even take into account the fuel input (source: "Material efficiency: potential savings during the manufacture and use of energy-intensive raw materials.", German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology). In contrast to this, one kilogram of plastic (PA6) requires only about 1.8 to 1.9 kWh (source: European Commission JRC, EU dated Oct. 2006). This calculation proves that here at ebm-papst, technical innovation does by no means require additional consumption of resources. On the contrary. Exactly the opposite is true!
Elementary efficiency: HyBlade® in endurance test
HyBlade® technology has proved it can withstand all these conditions easily and can be operated in all climates. This ultimate proof of excellence is bared on our new blades beeing subjected to vigorous testing and still beeing run under the most extreme operating conditions in closely monitored test applications around the globe.
HyBlade® vs. the elements
As you would expect, every new product at ebm-papst is tested vigorously before it goes into serial production. This is particularly true for a new material compound never seen in the world before and certainly true for our new HyBlade® technology. Our quality standards are therefore extremely high. In our research and testing facilities in Arizona, Singapore and Siberia, the design advantages and performance capabilities of hybrid technology are being tested under the most arduous conditions. Due to the fact that these locations experience extreme climatic conditions all year round, they provide ideal environments for our endurance tests.
Tested and found to be excellent
In addition to long-term fatigue tests and high speeds up to well over three times the maximum operating points, the new hybrid blades are also exposed to water, salt spray fog and chemicals – and able to pass these tests due to their outstanding corrosion resistance. Moreover, the material structure quite literally cannot be shocked when subjected to severe vibration and shock loadings. This ensures that HyBlade® axial fans are also able to meet the most demanding applications and to deliver extraordinary quality standards, something for which ebm-papst is renowned throughout the world.
"HyTech" starting at 300 mm: the expanded HyBlade® product range
The HyBlade® product range features a large number of combination options. For the main applications of heating, ventilation, refrigeration and climate control, fans are available with AC or GreenTech EC motor variants. The addition of the small 300, 350, 400 and 450 series, which are used primarily in evaporators, ensures optimum adaptability of the product series to your individual requirements.
Ideal partners: HyBlade® and GreenTech EC technology
The revolutionary characteristics of the hybrid structure include intelligent controllability, freedom from maintenance, a long service life and the excellent energy efficiency of EC drive technology. HyBlade® axial fans with GreenTech EC technology thus achieve an unrivalled overall level of economy.