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Conjugate Heat Transfer Predictions of Effusion Cooling: The Influence of Injection Hole Size on Cooling Performance

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H. I. Oguntade, G. E. Andrews, A. D. Burns, D. B. Ingham, M. Pourkashanian

University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Paper No. GT2012-68516, pp. 1321-1332; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, June 11–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4470-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Conjugate heat transfer CFD was undertaken on the influence of hole size on effusion cooling. The coupled thermal mixing between the hot-gas and coolant jets and the heat transfer within the effusion walls were modelled using the ANSYS FLUENT software. The heat and mass transfer analogy was employed to predict the adiabatic film cooling effectiveness separately from the overall cooling effectiveness by adding a tracer gas to the coolant air and predicting its concentration at the inner wall surface. The geometries predicted were those investigated experimentally by Andrews and his co-workers using a 152mm length of effusion cooling with 10 rows of square array holes in a flat metal wall. Effusion of X/D of 4.6 and 1.85 were investigated at constant X, the large hole diameter at the lower X/D drastically reduces the hole blowing rate and this improves the film cooling and deteriorates the internal wall cooling. The CFD predictions enable these qualitative effects to be investigated in more detail. The agreement of predictions and experiment was very good at low coolant mass flow rates, but under-predicted the measurements at higher flow rates by about 5–12%. The experimental results showed that the smaller X/D gave a better overall cooling performance and the predictions also showed this, but demonstrated that it was not just to due improved effusion film cooling as there was not the expected large reduction in internal wall cooling.

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