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Adiabatic and Overall Effectiveness for a Fully Cooled Turbine Vane

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Thomas E. Dyson, John W. McClintic, David G. Bogard

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Sean D. Bradshaw

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT

Paper No. GT2013-94928, pp. V03BT13A037; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 3B: Heat Transfer
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5515-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Adiabatic and overall effectiveness data were measured for a fully cooled, scaled up turbine vane model in a low speed linear cascade with a chord-exit Reynolds number of 700,000. The overall effectiveness is a measure of the external surface temperature relative to the mainstream temperature and the inlet coolant temperature, and consequently is a direct measure of how effectively the surface is cooled. This can be determined experimentally when the experimental model is constructed so that the Biot number of the model and the ratio of the external to internal heat transfer coefficient are chosen so that the model has a similar thermal behavior to that of an actual engine component. The model used in this study had a cooling design that consisted of 149 total coolant holes in 13 rows, including a showerhead containing five rows of holes. The model also incorporated an internal impingement cooling configuration. An identical model was also constructed out of low conductivity foam to measure adiabatic effectiveness. This is the first study to use a large scale, matched Biot number model to measure engine representative overall effectiveness for a vane employing full coverage film cooling. The focus of this research was to determine the relative contributions of the external and internal cooling, and to serve as a baseline for validation of computational simulations. Additionally, a simplified model using measurements of overall effectiveness with internal cooling alone was used to predict overall effectiveness downstream of the showerhead.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Turbines



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