Discrete hole film cooling is widely employed to protect turbine blades and vanes from hot combustion gases entering the high-pressure turbine stage. Accurate prediction of the heat transfer near film cooling holes is critical, and high-fidelity experimental data sets are needed for validation of new computational models. Relatively few studies have examined the effects of periodic main flow unsteadiness resulting from the interaction of turbine blades and vanes, with a particular lack of data for shaped hole configurations. Periodic unsteadiness was generated in the main flow over a laidback, fan-shaped cooling hole at a Strouhal number (St = fD/U) of 0.014 by an airfoil oscillating in pitch. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with water as the working fluid was used to obtain full-field, phase-resolved velocity and scalar concentration data. Operating conditions consisted of a hole Reynolds number of 2900, channel Reynolds number of 25,000, and blowing ratio of unity. Both mean and phase-resolved data are compared to previous measurements for the same hole geometry with steady main flow. Under unsteady freestream conditions, the flow separation pattern inside the hole was observed to change from an asymmetric separation bubble to two symmetric bubbles. The periodic unsteadiness was characterized by alternating periods of slow main flow, which allowed the coolant to penetrate into the freestream along the centerplane, and fast, hole-impinging main flow, which deflected coolant towards the laidback wall and caused ejection of coolant from the hole away from the centerplane. Mean adiabatic surface effectiveness was reduced up to 23% inside the hole, while mean laterally-averaged effectiveness outside the hole fell 28–36% over the entire measurement domain. A brief comparison to a round jet with and without unsteadiness is included; for the round jet, no disturbance was observed inside the hole, and some fluctuations directed coolant towards the wall, which increased mean film cooling effectiveness. The combined velocity and concentration data for both cases are suitable for quantitative validation of CFD predictions for film cooling flows with periodic freestream unsteadiness.

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