The design geometry and transport phenomena associated with the tip internal cooling can be very complex and has been little studied. Internal cooling channel near a tip region typically inherits a sharp, 180-degree, turn and little or no enhancement installation exists. To explore potential design for enhancement cooling, a series of experiments are performed to investigate the heat transfer enhancement by placing different pin-fins configurations in the tip-turn region of a two-pass channel with a 180-degree sharp turn. Transient liquid crystal technique is applied to acquire detailed local heat transfer data both on the channel surface and pin elements, for Reynolds number between 13,000 and 28,000. Present results suggest that the pin-fins can enhance heat transfer up to 2.3 fold in the tip-turn region and up to 1.3 fold for the entire channel. The presence of the pin-fins also changes the flow pattern in the post turn region which is resulting in more evenly distributed heat transfer downstream of the turn.

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