Evaluation of a Method for Heat Transfer Measurements and Thermal Visualization Using a Composite of a Heater Element and Liquid Crystals FREE

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S. A. Hippensteele, L. M. Russell, F. S. Stepka

NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Paper No. 81-GT-93, pp. V003T09A011; 9 pages
  • ASME 1981 International Gas Turbine Conference and Products Show
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power
  • Houston, Texas, USA, March 9–12, 1981
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7963-4
  • Copyright © 1981 by ASME


Commercially available elements of a composite consisting of a plastic sheet coated with liquid crystal, another sheet with a thin layer of a conducting material (gold or carbon), and copper bus bar strips were evaluated and found to provide a simple, convenient, accurate, and low-cost measuring device for use in heat transfer research. The particular feature of the composite is its ability to obtain local heat transfer coefficients and isotherm patterns that provide visual evaluation of the thermal performances of turbine blade cooling configurations. Examples of the use of the composite are presented.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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