The current paper deals with the aerodynamic measurements in the rotational frame of reference of the Axial Flow Turbine Research Facility (AFTRF) at the Pennsylvania State University. Stationary frame measurements of “Mainstream Aerodynamic Effects Due to Wheelspace Coolant Injection in a High Pressure Turbine Stage” were presented in part-I of this paper. The relative aerodynamic effects associated with rotor – nozzle guide vane (NGV) gap coolant injections were investigated in the rotating frame. Three-dimensional velocity vectors including exit flow angles were measured at the rotor exit. This study quantifies the secondary effects of the coolant injection on the aerodynamic and performance character of the stage main stream flow for root injection, radial cooling and impingement cooling. Current measurements show that even a small quantity (1%) of cooling air can have significant effects on the performance and exit conditions of the high pressure turbine stage. Parameters such as the total pressure coefficient, wake width, and three-dimensional velocity field show significant local changes. It is clear that the cooling air disturbs the inlet end-wall boundary layer to the rotor and modifies secondary flow development thereby resulting in large changes in turbine exit conditions. Effects are the strongest from the hub to midspan. Negligible effect of the cooling flow can be seen in the tip region.

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