Pressure sensitive paint (PSP) is useful for measurements of wall pressure in high speed flows, but can be used in an alternative manner in low-speed flows as a gas species concentration detector. Film cooling technology studies have been greatly aided by this use of PSP through use of a mass transfer analogy to determine the adiabatic film cooling effectiveness. The PSP technique allows measurements that have high spatial resolution at high enough sampling rate that a good statistical mean can be determined rapidly. Due to the potential of this technique to deliver high quality adiabatic effectiveness measurements, a detailed analysis of its associated uncertainty is presented herein. In this study, an ambient temperature low speed wind tunnel drives air as the main flow while carbon dioxide (CO2, DR=1.5) is used as the “coolant” gas, though the experiments are done under isothermal conditions. A detailed analysis of the technique is performed here with focus on the measurement uncertainty and process uncertainty for a film cooling study using an array of five cylindrical holes spaced across the span of a flat test plate at a spacing of three diameters center-to-center. The final analysis indicates that the total uncertainty depends strongly on the local behavior of the coolant, with near-field uncertainty as high as 5% at isolated points. In the far-field, the total uncertainty is more uniform throughout the measurement domain and generally lower, at about 3%.

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