Heat transfer in two-pass rotating rectangular channels (AR=2:1) with discrete ribs Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reports the heat transfer coefficients and friction factors in a two-pass rotating rectangular channel with ribs, applicable to an internally cooled turbine blade. The channel aspect ratio is 2:1. Five different turbulators are studied: 45-deg angled ribs, V-shaped ribs, discrete 45-deg angled ribs, discrete V-shaped ribs, and crossed V-shaped ribs. The ribs are placed on the leading and trailing surfaces. The Reynolds number ranges from 5000 to 40,000. The corresponding rotation numbers vary from 0.206 to 0.026 for a fixed rotation speed of 550 rpm. The rib-height-to-hydraulic-diameter ratio (e/D) is 0.094, the rib-pitch-to-height ratio (P/e) is 10, and the inlet-coolant-to-wall-density ratio (/) is maintained around 0.115. For each case, two channel orientations with respect to the plane of rotation are studied, 90 and 135 deg. The results show that the V-shaped ribs and discrete V-shaped ribs have higher heat transfer enhancement than the 45-deg angled ribs and discrete 45-deg angled ribs for both rotating and nonrotating cases. The pressure measurements show the 45-deg angled ribs incurred the highest frictional losses. Based on the present study, the discrete V-shaped ribs have the best overall thermal performance in both rotating and nonrotating channels. Copyright 2006 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronau tics, Inc. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Fu, W., Wright, L. M., & Han, J.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Fu, Wen-Lung||Wright, Lesley M||Han, Je-Chin

publication date

  • July 2006