Evaluation of the External Heat Transfer Coefficients in the High-Pressure Turbine of a Full-Scale Core Engine PUBLIC ACCESS

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A. R. Narcus, H. R. Przirembel, F. O. Soechting

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, West Palm Beach, FL

Paper No. 96-GT-172, pp. V004T09A008; 6 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7875-0
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


The external heat transfer coefficients, necessary for efficient and accurate turbine blade design, have been quantified using three independent methods of data reduction for the high-pressure turbine blades tested in a core engine. Two of the methods utilized external and internal thermocouple data to determine the heat transfer coefficient levels while the third method required the applied heat-flux levels to determine the coefficients. The heat-flux was calculated from the measured potential difference between thermocouple pairs embedded in the external and internal walls of the turbine blades. The instrumented airfoils were calibrated in a laboratory prior to engine testing. The results of the experimental test showed external heat transfer coefficients could be obtained in an engine environment with a ±3.2% minimum absolute uncertainty. All three data reduction methods produced external heat transfer coefficients within a high degree of accuracy and precision for all data locations on the instrumented airfoils. The three data reduction approaches are presented as well as the data for a specific location on a turbine blade for each method of data reduction. In addition, pre-test calibration procedures and data are discussed along with supporting engine instrumentation used to verify the data acquired during the experimental evaluation.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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