Experimental Investigation of Leading Edge Impingement Under High Rotation Numbers With Racetrack Shaped Jets Conference Paper uri icon


  • The effect of rotation on leading edge jet impingement is experimentally investigated in this study. Cooling air travels radially outward through a square supply channel, turns 90 into a cross-over hole, and impinges on a semi-circular surface. To eliminate the effect of jet cross-flow, regionally averaged heat transfer coefficients are measured on the surface surrounding a single jet. The heat transfer performance of a round jet is compared to that afforded by a 2:1 racetrack shaped jet. Two jet Reynolds numbers were investigated, Rejet = 15,000 and Rejet = 25,000. This, in addition to a varying rotational speed, allows for the consideration of rotation numbers varying from 0.00.076 (based on the jet velocity and jet hydraulic diameter). The results obtained are benchmarked against stationary results to highlight enhancement due to rotation. It is shown that as the rotation number increases, the heat transfer is enhanced on all regions of the semi-circular target surface. For rotation numbers of less than 0.030, enhancement due to rotation is marginal. Once rotation numbers breach this value, heat transfer begins to increase significantly on all surfaces. Additionally, it was shown that a racetrack shaped jet consistently out performs a round jet at an equivalent rotation number. The racetrack jet offers better and more consistent coverage of the leading edge surface, yielding higher average heat transfer enhancement.

name of conference

  • Volume 5A: Heat Transfer

published proceedings

  • Volume 5A: Heat Transfer

author list (cited authors)

  • Harmon, W. V., Elston, C. A., & Wright, L. M.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Harmon, Weston V||Elston, Cassius A||Wright, Lesley M

publication date

  • June 2014