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Using a computer fan to lift a solar cell Answered

Hi!
my boss told me to come up with a cheap replacement for a vacuum pump and since it's needed to lift only two solar cells at a time, I thought a fan could be used to create negative pressure. The cells are really light, but since I suck at physics/fluid dynamics, I thought I'd ask if I'm way off base and if I am, is there any solution to this problem.
I attached a picture of the current state of the idea. 

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Kiteman

6 years ago

I strongly doubt that a PC cooling fan could do the job.

I would recommend, instead, using an actual vacuum - a hand-held vacuum-cleaner is fairly cheap, plus it is designed to pull significant pressure-differences, and it should be reasonably easy to add a flexible hose to the business end, and to replace the rechargeable battery with a wall-wart.

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TashaDaxKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

*facepalm*
I can't believe I hadn't thought of a hand vacuum... Thanks.