An experiment is performed using a cooled transonic high-pressure turbine stage operating at design-corrected conditions. Pressure measurements are taken at several locations within the forward purge cavity between the high-pressure stator and rotor, as well as on the blade platforms and vane inner endwalls. Double-sided Kapton heat-flux gauges are installed on the upper surface of the rotor blade platform (open to the hot gas path flow) and underneath the platform (exposed to coolant and leakage flow). The blade airfoil and purge flow cooling are supplied by the same flow circuit and must be varied together, but the influence of the airfoil cooling has previously been shown to be negligible in the platform region flow of interest to this study. A separate cooling circuit supplies the aft purge flow between the rotor and downstream components. The vane cooling holes have been blocked off for this experiment to simplify analysis. In order to determine the effect of the purge flow on the blade aerodynamics and heat transfer, the forward and aft cooling flow rates are varied independently. Both time-averaged and time-accurate results are presented for the pressure and heat-flux data to illustrate the complex interactions between the purge cavity flow structures and the external flow. Time-accurate data are presented using both Fast-Fourier Transforms (FFTs) to identify driving frequencies and ensemble average plots to highlight the impact of different wake shapes.

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