This paper presents a numerical investigation on a concept for enhancing the film cooling performance by modifying the shape of upstream ramps. The novel shape ramp, which is placed in front of the film cooling holes, is presented to alter the approaching boundary-layer flow and its interaction with coolant to increase the lateral spreading of the coolant. Five different shape ramps are investigated, including rectangular, wedge-shaped, convex, concave and wave-shaped ramps. The film cooling performance of different shape ramps are evaluated at the density ratio about 1, with blowing ratios ranging from 0.3 to 1.2. The numerical results for the upstream ramp show an agreement with experiment data when solving three dimensional average Navier-Stokes analysis with the k-ε model. Detailed adiabatic cooling effectiveness and total pressure loss coefficient are simulated. Results obtained indicate that film cooling characteristics in the region downstream of the film cooling holes are sensitive to the ramp shapes. The wave-shaped ramp shows the lowest total pressure loss coefficient among these five ramps. For M = 0.3 and 0.6, the highest centerline adiabatic cooling effectiveness occurs in the convex ramp. And this shape ramp also shows the highest spanwise averaged adiabatic cooling effectiveness at the blowing ratio of 0.3. Compared with the other shape ramps, the concave ramp can greatly increase both the centerline and the spanwise averaged adiabatic cooling effectiveness for M = 1.0 and 1.2.

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