Film-Cooling on a Gas Turbine Blade Pressure Side or Suction Side With Compound Angle Shaped Holes Academic Article uri icon


  • The film-cooling effectiveness on the surface of a high pressure turbine blade is measured using the pressure sensitive paint technique. Compound angle laidback fan-shaped holes are used to cool the blade surface with four rows on the pressure side and two rows on the suction side. The coolant injects to one side of the blade, either pressure side or suction side. The presence of wake due to the upstream vanes is simulated by placing a periodic set of rods upstream of the test blade. The wake rods can be clocked by changing their stationary positions to simulate progressing wakes. The effect of wakes is recorded at four phase locations along the pitchwise direction. The freestream Reynolds number, based on the axial chord length and the exit velocity, is 750,000. The inlet and exit Mach numbers are 0.27 and 0.44, respectively, resulting in a pressure ratio of 1.14. Five average blowing ratios ranging from 0.4 to 1.5 are tested. Results reveal that the tip-leakage vortices and endwall vortices sweep the coolant on the suction side to the midspan region. The compound angle laidback fan-shaped holes produce a good film coverage on the suction side except for the regions affected by the secondary vortices. Due to the concave surface, the coolant trace is short and the effectiveness level is low on the pressure surface. However, the pressure side acquires a relatively uniform film coverage with the multiple rows of cooling holes. The film-cooling effectiveness increases with the increasing average blowing ratio for either side of coolant ejection. The presence of stationary upstream wake results in lower film-cooling effectiveness on the blade surface. The compound angle shaped holes outperform the compound angle cylindrical holes by the elevated film-cooling effectiveness, particularly at higher blowing ratios.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gao, Z., Narzary, D. P., & Han, J.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Gao, Zhihong||Narzary, Diganta P||Han, Je-Chin

publication date

  • November 2009