This paper explores the conjugate heat transfer (CHT) numerical simulation approach to calculate the metal temperature for the gas turbine cooled stator. ANSYS CFX12.1 code was selected to be the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) tool to perform the CHT simulation. The 2-equation RNG k-ε turbulence model with scalable modified wall function was employed. A full engine test with thermocouple measurement was performed and used to validate the CHT results.

Metal temperatures calculated with the CHT model were compared to engine test data. The results demonstrated good agreement between test data and airfoil metal temperatures and cooling flow temperatures using the CHT model. However, the CHT calculations in the outer end wall had a discrepancy compared to the measured temperatures, which was due to the fact that the CHT model assumed an adiabatic wall as a boundary condition.

This paper presents a process to calculate convection heat transfer coefficient (HTC) for cooling passages and airfoil surfaces using CHT results. This process is possible because local wall heat flux and fluid temperatures are known. This approach assists in calibrating an in-house conduction thermal model for steady state and transient thermal analyses.

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