Oscillator fin as a novel heat transfer augmentation device for gas turbine cooling applications

Oguz Uzol, Cengiz Camci

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A new concept for enhanced turbulent transport of heat in internal coolant passages of gas turbine blades is introduced. The new heat transfer augmentation component called `oscillator fin' is based on an unsteady flow system using the interaction of multiple unsteady jets and wakes generated downstream of a fluidic oscillator. Incompressible. unsteady and two dimensional solutions of Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations are obtained both for an oscillator fin and for an equivalent cylindrical pin tin and the results are compared. Preliminary results show that a significant increase in the turbulent kinetic energy level occur in the wake region of the oscillator tin with respect to the cylinder with similar level of aerodynamic penalty. The new concept does not require additional components or power to sustain its oscillations and its manufacturing is as easy as a conventional pin fin. The present study makes use of an unsteady numerical simulation of mass, momentum, turbulent kinetic energy and dissipation rate conservation equations for flow visualization downstream of the new oscillator fin and an equivalent cylinder. Relative enhancements of turbulent kinetic energy and comparisons of the total pressure field from transient simulations qualitatively suggest that the oscillator fin has excellent potential in enhancing local heat transfer in internal cooling passages without significant aerodynamic penalty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper)
Issue numberGT
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Gas Turbine & Aeroengine Congress & Exhibition - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Jun 2 1998Jun 5 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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