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Preventing Hot Gas Ingestion by Film-Cooling Jets via Flow-Aligned Blockers

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T. I.-P. Shih, S. Na

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

M. Chyu

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Paper No. GT2006-91161, pp. 921-929; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4238-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Flow aligned blockers are proposed to minimize the entrainment of hot gases underneath film-cooling jets by the counter-rotating vortices within the jets. Computations, based on the ensemble-averaged Navier-Stokes equations closed by the realizable k-ε turbulence model, were used to assess the usefulness of rectangular prisms as blockers in increasing film-cooling adiabatic effectiveness without unduly increasing surface heat transfer and pressure loss. The Taguchi’s design of experiment method was used to investigate the effects of the height of the blocker (0.2D, 0.4D, 0.8D), the thickness of the blocker (D/20, D/10, D/5), and the spacing between the pair of blockers (0.8D, 1.0D, 1.2D), where D is the diameter of the film-cooling hole. The effects of blowing ratio (0.37, 0.5, 0.65) were also studied. Results obtained show that blockers can greatly increase film-cooling effectiveness. By using rectangular prisms as blockers, the laterally averaged adiabatic effectiveness at 15D downstream of the film-cooling hole is as high as that at 1D downstream. The surface heat transfer was found to increase slightly near the leading edge of the prisms, but reduced elsewhere from reduced temperature gradients that resulted from reduced hot gas entrainment. However, pressure loss was found to increase somewhat because of the flat rectangular leading edge, which can be made more streamlined.

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