Test Method for Measuring Power Consumption of Engine Cooling Fans
This SAE Recommended Practice is intended for use in testing and evaluating the approximate power consumption of engine cooling fans. This power consumption would then be used to estimate net engine power per SAE J1349. The procedure also provides a general description of equipment necessary to measure the approximate fan power consumption in a vehicle installation. The test conditions in the procedure generally will not match those of the installation for which fuel consumption information is desired. The power required by a given fan depends on the geometric details of the installation, including the shroud and its clearance. These details should be duplicated in the test setup if accurate power measurement is expected. Required power at a given air density and speed also depend on the volumetric flow rate, or else the pressure rise across the fan, since these two parameters are mutually dependent.