Experiments were conducted with glue-on hot-film gages in a large-scale axial turbine cascade to identify transition and/or separation on the suction surface of the blade. Standard strain-gage type temperature sensors were adapted and used as the gages and Transition and separation were identified by examining the mean and RMS voltage output. To assist with interpreting the output of the gages, surface oil-flow visualizations were used. Results of this study showed that transition and separation could be easily identified with the hot-film gages. Depending upon the Reynolds number and free stream turbulence level, the suction surface boundary layer was found to undergo bubble-induced transition, natural transition, or a combination of both; i.e, a transition which started naturally but ended abruptly with a bubble.

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