Mosen’s Fathi Tarada, presented a paper at the annual Tunnel Safety and Ventilation Conference in Graz, Austria. The paper, which Tarada co-authored with Mosen’s Pier Bertacche and Product Manager of the Tunnel & Metro Business Segment at TLT-Turbo, Lars Lehmann, was titled: “Measurements and CFD Calculations with a MoJet and Conventional Fan”.
The three-day conference event was well attended with industry experts able to meet face to face after the conference’s four year hiatus.
TLT-Turbo and Mosen also exhibited at the event, with a MoJet® fan model on display, providing an opportunity to engage with interested colleagues in the industry as well as prospective customers. The display model provided visitors with a chance to see the technical details of the MoJet®, to find out how the special nozzle geometry redirects the air jet away from the tunnel ceiling. Visitors were also able to appreciate the MoJet’s® scale. Being the same height as a conventional Jet Fan, it provides a distinct advantage over the ‘slanted’ silencer design.
Along with Tarada and Lehmann, TLT-Turbo tunnel ventilation experts, Till Weishaar and Sander Wirth were in attendance to provide insight into the ways in which the MoJet® is redefining tunnel ventilation.
TLT-Turbo have released a modular mining ventilation fan concept that simplifies the planning of ventilation systems for customers while still providing the benefits that are synonymous with TLT-Turbo products including increased efficiency and lower power consumption. The Modular Mining Fan concept offers a range of modular solutions that cater to almost every ventilation requirement and aims to set a new standard for mine ventilation innovation.
The range offers a modular design that results in a well-engineered and efficient ventilation system at lower operational and maintenance costs. Customers have the flexibility to order required units and build on the system as their requirements grow – resulting in lower initial expenditure with more economical options for system expansion.
German engineering and extensive R&D have resulted in the highest product quality. This, paired with TLT-Turbo’s field-proven technology, provides a high-end pre-existing solution which means that mines will not incur the design and engineering costs that are usually associated with bespoke ventilation installations.
The modular concept makes it extremely convenient for customers in the mining industry to plan, design and optimize their ventilation systems to optimally benefit their operations. The modular approach eliminates guess work and ensures that the entire system can be planned to deliver predictable and accurate performance.
The modular design offers seven base fan sizes combined with six different hub sizes to ensure the right fit for all requirements. Numerous customizable and adaptable parts offer flexibility for specific customer needs. Add-ons have been developed for all seven base sizes allowing for modular pre-existing upgrades to meet individual requirements.
The modular components are designed to slot together, and no additional engineering is needed to ensure that different modules fit together to suit a specific operating environment. The advanced design ensures total fan efficiency of up to 90%, lowering the operating costs while maintaining full performance. This entire offering is available at lower initial costs with short lead times for supply.
All the modular components can be manufactured simultaneously and are commissioned and installed once completed. Expansion of an existing TLT-Turbo Modular Mining Fan system is a simple process as new components are slotted into the existing system with minimal effort. Typically, ventilation systems need to grow or be upgraded as production demands increase. Where a major overhaul would usually be required, TLT-Turbo’s modular installation can be expanded by installing additional components to the existing system to scale up ventilation capacity or replace existing modules with higher specifications to optimise or upgrade the system.
With the modules being manufactured at state-of-the-art TLT-Turbo manufacturing facilities, customers can be assured of the highest quality end product. Continual monitoring, testing and quality checks are conducted at every stage of the manufacturing process. Well considered opportunities for varied combinations ensure shorter manufacturing and delivery lead times at lower costs to get your project running faster and smoother.
Global ventilation fans
and systems manufacturer, TLT-Turbo GmbH, has announced the redesign of its
Auxiliary and Booster fan range. Developed in close collaboration with clients,
the new designs address both efficiency and cost effectiveness, in a versatile
product range that meets the specific ventilation requirements of the mining
Development of the new fan range concept began in early
2015. Following a lengthy global market study to gain an understanding of the
market requirements, the range was defined in mid-2017, with fabrication of the
first units taking place shortly thereafter. “The development of the Auxiliary
and Booster fan range would not have been possible without the input of
clients. This ensured that we focused on key market driven requirements
including energy efficiency, noise reduction, cost effectiveness and turnaround
time,” says Michael Minges, Technical Director at TLT-Turbo Africa, who headed
up the fans’ designs.
“To sell these products we needed to ensure close customer
relationships and visibility. We are striving to change the industry’s mindset
on the use of such fans to ensure proper fan selection for the ventilation
required. In optimizing mine ventilation, efficient, high quality Auxiliary and
Booster fans can add as much value as surface fan installations.”
TLT-Turbo started commissioning of the first iterations of
the fan range towards the end of 2017 within the Sub-Saharan market through its
Africa office. From there, they based the development of the various fan sizes of
the new range on market interest. The fan designs and their performance
validation was completed at the end of July 2019. They aim to complete product
roll out, with all supporting documents and certification, by the end of
Minges explains that meeting identified market demands was
the main focus of the improved designs. “As energy efficiency is one of the
main drivers of industrial equipment usage, and minimum efficiency requirements
on certain equipment are often legislated, TLT-Turbo identified the need and
opportunity in the market for more efficient mining fans compared to what is
currently in use.”
The new designs include several innovative additions to
enhance performance in order to provide exceptional underground ventilation. The
fan range was developed using the latest in engineering flow technology which
allowed TLT-Turbo to improve the aerodynamics, and thus efficiency of the fans.
A unique stator design and aerodynamic fairings, all manufactured from wear
resistant composite materials, result in improved efficiencies and reduced
noise levels. The modularity of the fan casings allow for quick and easy
assembly with interchangeable ancillary fan parts. The motor mounting in coherence with a
machined impeller track ensures low and controllable blade tip clearances for
improved performance and efficiencies. Pad mount motors are used for all fan
sizes and help reduce vibration levels in the axial direction of the motor
significantly which leads to longer motor bearing life and lower maintenance
Minges says that all possible measures are taken to ensure
the highest quality and best possible performance of every fan supplied by
TLT-Turbo. “All fans are ISO 5801 tested, unless the client agrees to type
testing on higher volume orders. We ensure the client quoted performance is met
before the fans leave the factory. Test certificates on both raw data and
calculated performance can be provided on request. Fan efficiency is determined
with the performance test and this quality check ensures we deliver on what we
promised the client. Clients are regularly invited to witness the performance
tests to sign off on acceptance. The fans also come with pressure ports that
can be hooked up to a calibrated handheld measuring device to measure
In addition to performance and efficiency, ease of
maintenance was also a major consideration in developing the new Auxiliary and
Booster range. The modularity of the product design and the interchangeable standardized
parts allows for quick turnaround time on parts supply. “For example, we only
have two blade types for the full product range and generally only one motor
barrel per fan size accommodating various motor sizes and types. Standardization
on the product is the key to successfully managing maintenance and repair as it
allows ample supply of spares for companies certified to do the repair work.
The design track record has indicated a longer mean time between failure (MTBF)
than previous products,” Minges explains.
The fan range is being rolled out in phases. The preliminary
testing at sites located in Sub-Saharan Africa has been launched successfully.
The next phase is globalization as the new range will be rolled out in the USA,
Canada, Europe, Russia and Australia. Following this, product supply and
support will be extended to TLT-Turbo offices in South America and India. In
the interim though, Minges says that these fans can be supplied to clients
worldwide from TLT-Turbo Africa.
TLT-Turbo Africa has received a number of orders for these
fans since the end of 2017. These orders include South African clients seeking
a solution for deepening a gold mine, and for Kamoa Copper in the DRC as an
exclusive supplier. “The feedback that we have received thus far has been that
the fans are meeting our and client expectations. I am proud to say that one
EPC consultant used the phrase ‘super fan’ to describe the new range and
indicated that he has not heard a fan of this size so quiet before,” says
Minges commenting on the reception of the new range.
“The Auxiliary and Booster fan range was developed to
enhance TLT-Turbo’s mining ventilation product portfolio. The product is based
on historic innovative designs by the TLT-Turbo Africa R&D team. Continual
product development and keeping up to date with the latest technologies is
ingrained within the engineering teams of TLT-Turbo. Ensuring that innovations
are market and client driven with the end result being a benefit to the
industry, puts us in the forefront of advancement in ventilation solutions,”
TLT-Turbo GmbH builds
radial and axial flow fans for virtually any application. First-rate
engineering, tradition and progress in air handling technology and a worldwide support
network have been the cornerstones of their excellent global renown as a fan
and systems manufacturer for more than 140 years. TLT-Turbo GmbH fans and the
associated system components are deployed successfully all over the globe. To
date over 10,000 fans have already been installed. Their subsidiaries, branches
and agencies span the globe including TLT-Turbo offices in Germany, China,
Austria, Russia, South Korea, USA, Chile, Hungary, Australia, India and South
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