The present paper addresses the detailed heat transfer pattern in a two-pass rotating internal cooling channel model, with a square cross section and equipped with triangular ribs on one of its walls. The turn region consists of a smooth high curvature U-bend that generates a complex flow field and wall heat transfer. The investigation is based on Liquid Crystal Thermography (LCT) measurements in a rotating facility at Reynolds numbers varying from 20,000 to 60,000, and a maximum rotation number equal to 0.20. For these experimental conditions, the centripetal buoyancy effects are negligible. The channel is rotated around an axis perpendicular to the main flow direction in clockwise and counter-clockwise senses, in order to observe the impact of cyclonic and anti-cyclonic behavior on the heat transfer in both legs. The objective of the present study is two-fold: firstly, it aims to understand the flow physics and heat transfer phenomena at different regimes. Secondly, the detailed heat transfer measurements are intended to be a reference set for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) validation. The measurements obtained in the first leg have been compared with previous experimental data in channels with square ribs and radially outward flow, showing a similar behavior in terms of heat transfer distribution and overall dependency on the rotation number. In the second leg, the heat transfer distribution is more complex. The heat transfer distribution is not symmetric, and high gradients are present in the span-wise direction. Nevertheless, the dependency of the heat transfer to increasing rotation shows a trend similar to the one observed in the first pass. The combined effects of rib-induced secondary flows stabilization/destabilization by rotation, Coriolis-induced stream-wise vortices and high streamline curvature on the heat transfer distribution are analyzed in the paper.

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