The flow physics of film cooling with compound–angle shaped holes is documented for realistic gas turbine parameters. For the first time in the open literature, the combined effects of compound–angle injection and hole shaping are isolated and the dominant mechanisms are examined. Results provide valuable insight into the flowfield of this class of film–cooling jets. Computational and experimental results are presented for a row of holes injected at 35° on a flat plate with three distinct geometric configurations: (1) streamwise injected cylindrical holes (reference case); (2) 15° forward–diffused holes injected at a 60° compound angle; and (3) 12° laterally–diffused holes injected at a 45° compound angle. Detailed field and surface data, including adiabatic effectiveness (η) and heat transfer coefficient (h), of the two compound–angle shaped holes are provided and compared to: (i) the reference streamwise cylindrical case; (ii) results from Part II detailing the compound–angle flowfield for cylindrical holes; (in) results of Part III detailing the streamwise injected shaped–hole flowfield; and (iv) experimental data. The 60° compound–angle forward–diffused holes provided excellent lateral coolant distribution, but suffered from crossflow ingestion at the film–hole exit plane. The 45° compound–angle lateral–diffused hole had much steeper lateral effectiveness variations. A previously documented and validated computational methodology was utilized. Computations were performed using a multi–block, unstructured–adaptive grid, fully–implicit pressure–correction Navier–Stokes code with multi–grid and under–relaxation type convergence accelerators. All simulations had fixed length–to–diameter ratio of 4.0, pitch–to–diameter ratio of 3.0, nominal density ratio of 1.55 and film–hole Reynolds number of 17350, which allowed isolation of the combined effects of compound–angle injection and hole shaping for nominal blowing ratios of 1.25 and 1.88. The results demonstrate the ability of the prescribed computational methodology to accurately predict the complex flowfield associated with compound–angle shaped–hole film–cooling jets.

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