Assessment of Binary Pressure-Sensitive Paint for Temperature and Heat Transfer Coefficient Measurement of Leading-Edge Film Cooling Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Film cooling is a common technique for protecting gas turbine components from the hot combustor exhaust. Highly resolved film cooling effectiveness distributions are often obtained by measuring the mass transfer of a foreign gas coolant in mainstream air using pressure-sensitive paint (PSP). However, PSP is not able to measure the heat transfer coefficient, which is necessary to fully quantify the impact of film cooling. Instead, binary pressure-sensitive paint (BPSP) has an additional luminophore that is sensitive to temperature and can be used to measure the heat transfer coefficient. In this experiment, the film cooling effectiveness and heat transfer coefficient were measured using BPSP on the leading edge of a cylinder. The cylinder had a 7.62-cm diameter with two rows of cooling holes at 15 deg from the leading edge. Each row contained ten holes with a 0.475-cm diameter, spaced 4 diameters apart in the spanwise direction, and angled 30 deg from the cylinder axis. The mainstream Reynolds number was 100,000 based on cylinder diameter with a turbulence intensity of 7.1%. The coolant-to-mainstream density ratio was 1.0, and the blowing ratio was 0.8. The heat transfer coefficient was measured in a transient heat transfer experiment using the reference signal from the BPSP. Despite the high uncertainty of the measurement, ranging from 24.0% to 71.1%, the results demonstrate the feasibility of the method and identify the best test methodology to minimize conduction errors.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Burdett, T. A., Yeh, M., & Wright, L. M.

complete list of authors

  • Burdett, Timothy A||Yeh, Ming-Feng||Wright, Lesley M

publication date

  • December 2023