Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Measurements for a Square Channel With 45Deg Round Edged Ribs at High Reynolds Numbers Conference Paper uri icon


  • Experiments to determine heat transfer coefficients and friction factors are conducted on a stationary 45 deg parallel rib roughened square channel which simulates a turbine blade internal coolant passage. Copper plates fitted with silicone heaters and thermocouples are used to measure regionally averaged heat transfer coefficients. Reynolds numbers studied range from 30,000 to 400,000. The ribs studied have rounded (filleted) edges to account for manufacturing limitations of actual engine blades. The rib height (e) to hydraulic diameter (D) ratio (e/D) ranges from 0.1 to 0.2; spacing (p) to height ratio (p/e) ranges from 5 to 10. Results indicate an increase in heat transfer due to ribs at the cost of a higher friction factor, especially at higher Reynolds Numbers. Round edged ribs experience a similar heat transfer coefficient and a lower friction factor compared to sharp edged ribs, especially at higher values of rib height. Correlations predicting Nu and f as a function of e/D, p/e and Re are presented. Also presented are correlations for heat transfer and friction roughness parameters (G and R).

author list (cited authors)

  • Rallabandi, A. P., Alkhamis, N., & Han, J.

complete list of authors

  • Rallabandi, Akhilesh P||Alkhamis, Nawaf||Han, Je-Chin

publication date

  • January 1, 2009 11:11 AM