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Cooling Effectiveness Measurements With Thermal Radiometry in a Turbine Cascade

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H. K. Moon, R. Jaiswal

Solar Turbines Incorporated, San Diego, CA

Paper No. 2000-GT-0207, pp. V003T01A015; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2000: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Munich, Germany, May 8–11, 2000
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7856-9
  • Copyright © 2000 by ASME


Airfoil temperature measurements in a hot cascade were traditionally conducted with thermocouples in spite of their limitations. In the present work, a real-time full imaging of the airfoil temperature distribution is demonstrated in a turbine cascade using a thermal radiometry system. Two synthetic sapphire windows provided infrared (IR)-viewing access from the outside. The apparent emissivity of the test airfoil was calibrated with thermocouples buried flush into the wall. The turbine cascade, fabricated with actual engine hardware, provided heat transfer similarity by matching Re, Ma, and Tu. The effect of gas to coolant temperature ratio (Tg/Tc) on the cooling effectiveness was investigated.

Heating (“reverse” cooling) of the test airfoil in a relatively cold mainstream air resulted in a much more detailed temperature image than the normal (forward) cooling case, as it significantly reduced the background radiation. A methodology to correct the cooling effectiveness obtained at different gas to coolant temperature ratios than the engine condition was developed and has been experimentally validated.

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