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Heat Transfer in Leading Edge, Triangular Shaped Cooling Channels With Angled Ribs Under High Rotation Numbers

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Yao-Hsien Liu, Michael Huh, Je-Chin Han

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Dong-Ho Rhee

Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon, South Korea

Hee-Koo Moon

Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA

Paper No. GT2008-50344, pp. 321-329; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2008: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Berlin, Germany, June 9–13, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4314-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3824-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME and Solar Turbines Incorporated


The gas turbine blade/vane internal cooling is achieved by circulating the compressed air through the cooling channels inside the turbine blade. Cooling channel geometries vary to fit the blade profile. This paper experimentally investigated the rotational effects on heat transfer in an equilateral triangular channel (Dh = 1.83cm). The triangular shaped channel is applicable to the leading edge of the gas turbine blade. 45° angled ribs are put on the leading and trailing surfaces of the test section to enhance heat transfer. The rib pitch-to-height ratio (P/e) is 8 and the height-to-hydraulic diameter ratio (e/Dh ) is 0.087. Effect of the angled ribs under high rotation numbers and buoyancy parameters are also presented. Results show that due to the radially outward flow, heat transfer is enhanced with rotation on the trailing surface. By varying the Reynolds numbers (10000–40000) and the rotational speeds (0–400 rpm), the rotation number and buoyancy parameter reached in this study are 0–0.58 and 0–1.9, respectively. The higher rotation number and buoyancy parameter have been correlated very well to predict the rotational heat transfer in the equilateral triangular channel.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME and Solar Turbines Incorporated



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