Detailed film cooling effectiveness distributions were experimentally obtained on a turbine vane platform within a linear cascade. Testing was done in a large scale five-vane cascade with low freestream Renolds number condition 634,000 based on the axial chord length and the exit velocity. The detailed film-cooling effectiveness distributions on the platform were obtained using pressure sensitive paint technique. Two film-cooling hole configurations, cylindrical and fan-shaped, were used to cool the vane surface with two rows on pressure side, two rows on suction side and three rows on leading edge. For cylindrical holes, the blowing ratio of the coolant through the discrete cooling holes on pressure side and suction side ranged from 0.3 to 1.5 (based on the inlet mainstream velocity) while the blowing ratio ranging from 0.15 to 1.5 on leading edge; for fan-shaped holes, the four blowing ratios were 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0. Results showed that average film-cooling effectiveness decreased with increasing blowing rate for the cylindrical holes, while the fan-shaped passage showed increased film-cooling effectiveness with increasing blowing ratio, indicating the fan-shaped cooling holes helped to improve film-cooling effectiveness by reducing overall jet liftoff. Fan-shaped holes improved average film-cooling effectiveness by 93.2%, 287.6% and 489.6% on pressure side, −4.1%, 27.9% and 78.2% on suction side over cylindrical holes at the blowing ratio of 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 respectively. Numerical results were used to analyze the details of the flow and heat transfer on the cooling area with two turbulence models. Results demonstrated that tendency of the film cooling effectiveness distribution of numerical calculation and experimental measurement was generally consistent at different blowing ratio.

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