Internal cooling of gas engine turbine blades is a critical technology. This paper addresses the subject by presenting the results of an experimental program that uses a rotating, square-cross-section, U-shaped channel to model the blade coolant passage. The channel is heated, instrumented and furnished with angled ribs (60° to flow direction) on two walls of one branch. Air is the coolant. Internal Nusselt numbers are calculated on the four walls at various locations along the flow in both the centrifugal and centripetal branches for two Reynolds numbers (5000, 25000) and several Rotation numbers (0.033, 0.066, 0.1, 0.33). Data indicate greater heat transfer on the trailing wall than leading wall in the centrifugal branch; likewise, for the upper wall compared to the lower wall. Centripetal branch heat transfer is affected by bend effects. Particle Image Velocimetry measurements in both the stationary and rotating channels reveal the presence of vortices. The large number of measurements is useful for comparison with numerical calculations.

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