Detailed heat transfer coefficient distributions on a large-scale gas turbine blade tip Academic Article uri icon


  • Measurements of detailed heat transfer coefficient distributions on a turbine blade tip were performed in a large-scale, low-speed wind tunnel facility. Tests were made on a five-blade linear cascade. The low-speed wind tunnel is designed to accommodate the 107.49 deg turn of the blade cascade. The mainstream Reynolds number based on cascade exit velocity was 5.3105. Upstream unsteady wakes were simulated using a spoke-wheel type wake generator. The wake Strouhal number was kept at 0 or 0.1. The central blade had a variable tip gap clearance. Measurements were made at three different tip gap clearances of about 1.1 percent, 2.1 percent, and 3 percent of the blade span. Static pressure distributions were measured in the blade mid-span and on the shroud surface. Detailed heat transfer coefficient distributions were measured on the blade tip surface using a transient liquid crystal technique. Results show that reduced tip clearance leads to reduced heat transfer coefficient over the blade tip surface. Results also show that reduced tip clearance tends to weaken the unsteady wake effect on blade tip heat transfer.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Teng, S., Han, J. C., & Azad, G.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Teng, S||Han, JC||Azad, GMS

publication date

  • December 2001