A study of the aerodynamic characteristics of captor hoods in local exhaust ventilation systems

  • Valiollah Yousefi

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The research objectives were:-
1.To review the literature to establish the factors which have traditionally been regarded as most crucial to the design of effectlve exhaust ventilation systems.
2. To design, construct, install and calibrate a wind tunnel.
3. To develop procedures for air velocity measurement followed by a comprehensive programme of aerodvnamic data collection and data analysis for a variety of conditions.
The major research findings were:-
a) The literature in the subject is inadequate. There is a particular need for a much greater understanding of the aerodynamics of the suction flow field.
b) The discrepancies between the experimentally observed centre-line velocities and those predicted by conventional formulae are unacceptably large.
c) There was little agreement between theoretically calculated and observed velocities in the suction zone of captor hoods.
d) Improved empirical formulae for the prediction of centre-line velocity applicable to the classical geometrically shaped suction openings and the flanged condition could be (and were) derived.

Further analysis of data revealed that: -
i) Point velocity is directly proportional to the suction. flow rate and the ratio of the point velocity to the average face velocity is constant.
ii) Both shape, and size of the suction opening are significant factors as the coordinates of their points govern the extent of the effect of the suction flow field.
iii) The hypothetical ellipsoidal potential function and hyperbolic
streamlines were found experimentally to be correct.
iv) The effect of guide plates depends on the size, shape and the angle of fitting. The effect was to very approximately double the suction velocity but the exact effect is difficult to predict.
v) The axially symmetric openings produce practically symmetric flow fields. Similarity of connection pieces between the suction opening and the main duct in each case is essential in order to induce a similar suction flow field.
Additionally a pilot study was made in which an artificial extraneous air flow was created, measured and its interaction with the suction flow field measured and represented graphically.
Date of AwardJan 1981
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorRichard Booth (Supervisor)


  • local exhaust
  • captor hood
  • centre-line velocity
  • guide plate (flange)
  • extraneous air flow

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