Heat Transfer Measurements for a Film Cooled Turbine Vane Cascade

Report No. ARL-MR-0697
Authors: Douglas R. Thurman, Philip E. Poinsatte, and James D. Heidmann
Date/Pages: May 2008; 26 pages
Abstract: Experimental heat transfer and pressure measurements were obtained on a large scale film cooled turbine vane cascade. The objective was to investigate heat transfer on a commercial high pressure first stage turbine vane at near engine Mach and Reynolds number conditions. Additionally blowing ratios and coolant density were also matched. Numerical computations were made with the Glenn-HT code of the same geometry and compared with the experimental results. We used a transient thermochromic liquid crystal technique to obtain steady state heat transfer data on the mid-span geometry of an instrumented vane with 12 rows of circular and shaped film cooling holes. A mixture of SF6 and Argon gases was used for film coolant to match the coolant-to-gas density ratio of a real engine. The exit Mach number and Reynolds number were 0.725 and 2.7 million respectively. Trends from the experimental heat transfer data matched well with the computational prediction, particularly for the film cooled case.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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