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Experimental Measurements and Computational Predictions for an Internally Cooled Simulated Turbine Vane With 90 Degree Rib Turbulators

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Jason E. Dees, David G. Bogard

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Gustavo A. Ledezma, Gregory M. Laskowski

GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY

Anil K. Tolpadi

GE Energy, Schenectady, NY

Paper No. GT2010-23004, pp. 447-456; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4399-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


An experimental and computational conjugate heat transfer study of an internally cooled, scaled-up simulated turbine vane with internal rib turbulators was performed. The conjugate nature of the model allowed for the effects of the internal ribs to be seen on the external overall effectiveness distribution. The enhanced internal heat transfer coefficient caused by the ribs increased the cooling capacity of the internal cooling circuit, lowering the overall metal temperature. External surface temperatures, internal surface temperatures, and coolant inlet and exit temperatures were measured and compared to data obtained from a non-ribbed model over a range of internal coolant Reynolds numbers. Internal rib turbulators were found to increase the overall effectiveness on the vane external surface by up to 50% relative to the non-ribbed model. Additionally, comparisons between the experimental measurements and computational predictions are presented.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Measurement , Turbines



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