Prediction of turbine blade heat transfer and aerodynamics using a new unsteady boundary layer transition model Academic Article uri icon


  • The effects of periodic unsteady flow on heat transfer and aerodynamic characteristics, particularly on the boundary layer transition along the suction and the pressure surfaces of a typical gas turbine blade, are experimentally and theoretically investigated. Comprehensive aerodynamic and heat transfer experimental data are collected for different unsteady passing frequencies that are typical of gas turbines. To predict the effect of the impinging periodic unsteady flow on the heat transfer and the aerodynamics of turbine blades, a new unsteady boundary layer transition model is developed. The model is based on a universal intermittency function and utilizes and inductive approach that implements the results of comprehensive experimental and theoretical studies of unsteady wake development and the boundary layer flow. Three distinct quantities are identified as primarily responsible for the transition of an unsteady boundary layer: (1) the universal relative intermittency function, (2) maximum intermittency, and (3) minimum intermittency. The analysis of the experimental results and the comparison with the model prediction confirm the validity of the model and its capability to accurately predict the unsteady boundary layer transition. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

author list (cited authors)

  • Schobeiri, M. T., & Chakka, P.

citation count

  • 22

publication date

  • February 2002