Measurements of Heat Transfer Coefficients and Friction Factors in Passages Rib-Roughened on All Walls

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M. E. Taslim, T. Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115

S. D. Spring

GE Aircraft Engines, Lynn, MA 01910

J. Turbomach 120(3), 564-570 (Jul 01, 1998) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2841754 History: Received February 01, 1996; Online January 29, 2008


A liquid crystal technique was used to measure heat transfer coefficients in twelve test sections with square and trapezoidal cross-sectional areas representing blade midchord cooling cavities in a modern gas turbine. Full-length ribs were configured on suction side as well as pressure side walls while half-length ribs were mounted on partition walls between adjacent cooling cavities. Ribs were in staggered arrangements with a nominal blockage ratio of 22 percent and an angle of attack to the mainstream flow, α, of 90 deg. Heat transfer measurements were performed on the roughened walls with full-length as well as half-length ribs. Nusselt numbers, friction factors, and thermal performances of all geometries are compared. The most important conclusion of this study is that the roughening of the partition walls enhances the heat transfer coefficients on those walls but, more importantly, enhances heat transfer coefficients on the primary walls considerably.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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