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Effect of High Freestream Turbulence on Flowfields of Shaped Film Cooling Holes

[+] Author Affiliations
Robert P. Schroeder, Karen A. Thole

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Paper No. GT2015-43339, pp. V05BT12A038; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2015: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 5B: Heat Transfer
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 15–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5672-7
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Shaped film cooling holes have become a standard geometry for protecting gas turbine components. Few studies, however, have reported flowfield measurements for moderately-expanded shaped holes and even fewer have reported on the effects of high freestream turbulence intensity relevant to gas turbine airfoils. This study presents detailed flowfield and adiabatic effectiveness measurements for a shaped hole at freestream turbulence intensities of 0.5% and 13%. Test conditions included blowing ratios of 1.5 and 3 at a density ratio of 1.5. Measured flowfields revealed a counter-rotating vortex pair and high jet penetration into the mainstream at the blowing ratio of 3. Elevated freestream turbulence had a minimal effect on mean velocities and rather acted by increasing turbulence intensity around the coolant jet, resulting in increased lateral spreading of coolant.

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