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Transient Thermal Field Measurements in a High Aspect Ratio Channel Related to Transient Thermochromic Liquid Crystal Experiments

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Sean C. Jenkins, Igor V. Shevchuk, Jens von Wolfersdorf, Bernhard Weigand

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. GT2007-27812, pp. 623-633; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2007, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Canada, May 14–17, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4793-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3796-3
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Measurements of transient fluid temperature distributions were made in a high aspect ratio (4:1) internally ribbed two-pass channel relating to the measurement of heat transfer using the transient thermochromic liquid crystal (TLC) technique. The temperature field was measured at several positions leading up to and around the 180° bend in a two-passage channel to account for variations in the bulk temperature used as a reference for the transient TLC technique. Results showed that the normalized distribution of the temperature field was time-invariant, an important result for the validation of heat transfer results using the transient TLC method. The normalized fluid temperature field was shown to be independent of the inlet temperature step and relatively independent of channel Reynolds number. Fluid temperature distributions were shown to be consistent over the length of the inlet channel, however, temperature field measurements made downstream of the bend exhibited a strong asymmetry. Finally, local temperature distributions were used to adjust the reference temperature used in calculating heat transfer coefficient distributions and to show the behavior of heat transfer due to 180° bends.

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