We report an investigation of the total cooling effectiveness of a film cooled surface with staggered array impingement jet cooling using infra-red thermography. Heat transfer experiments were carried out using three film cooled test plates of different thermal conductivities: stainless steel (with a thermal conductivity, k = 13.4 W/mK), Corian® (k = 1 W/mK), and polycarbonate (k = 0.2 W/mK). The effects of conduction through the test plates and convective heat transfer due to the arrayed impingement jets were analyzed. The inclination angle of the film cooling holes was 35° and that of the impingement jet holes was 90°. The film and impingement jet holes on each plate were arranged in a staggered pattern, and the film cooling holes and impingement jet holes were also positioned in a staggered pattern. The jet Reynolds number based on the hole diameter was Rejet = 3,000 and the equivalent blowing rate was M = 0.3. The ratio of the target surface height to the hole diameter was varied in the range 1 < H/d < 5. The diameter of both the film cooling holes and impingement jet holes was 5 mm. The total cooling effectiveness was investigated with and without the impingement jets. When the impingement jets were added to the internal cooling, the averaged total cooling effectiveness was enhanced about 8.4%. The stainless steel plate was found to exhibit better cooling performance with more uniform temperature distribution. The total cooling effectiveness was increased up to 0.87 in the stainless steel plate, and the maximum deviation of total cooling effectiveness in the stainless steel was reduced to 85% from that in polycarbonate plate along the lateral direction. The total cooling effectiveness was related to the Biot number of the film cooled plate, however, the effect of the H/d ratio was not significant.

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