Cooling the tip of a turbine blade using pressure side holes - Part I: Adiabatic effectiveness measurements

J. R. Christophel, K. A. Thole, F. J. Cunha

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Durability of turbine blade tips has been and continues to be challenging, particularly since increasing turbine inlet temperatures is the driver for improving turbine engine performance. As a result, cooling methods along the blade tip are crucial. Film-cooling is one typically used cooling method whereby coolant is supplied through holes placed along the pressure side of a blade. The subject of this paper is to evaluate the adiabatic effectiveness levels that occur on the blade tip through blowing coolant from holes placed near the tip of a blade along the pressure side. A range of blowing ratios was studied whereby coolant was injected from holes placed along the pressure side tip of a large-scale blade model. Also present were dirt purge holes on the blade tip, which is part of a commonly used blade design to expel any large particles present in the coolant stream. Experiments were conducted in a linear cascade with a scaled-up turbine blade whereby the Reynolds number of the engine was matched. This paper, which is Part 1 of a two part series, compares adiabatic effectiveness levels measured along a blade tip, while Part 2 combines measured heat transfer coefficients with the adiabatic effectiveness levels to assess the overall cooling benefit of pressure side blowing near a blade tip. The results show much better cooling can be achieved for a small tip gap compared with a large tip gap with different flow phenomena occurring for each tip gap setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-277
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Turbomachinery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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