This paper consists of two sections. The first section of the paper illustrates successful application of the improved approach developed by author to the endwall heat transfer data analysis in a low speed linear guide vane and in a curved duct. Effects of a three dimensional turbulent flow, a horseshoe vortex, a passage vortex, as well as an entry boundary layer thickness have been considered in both passages and as a result the common experimental correlation on a local heat transfer have been derived for the H/t = 1.0 ratio. All affected factors are presented as a superposition of the linear correction functions in the basic experimental correlation for a flat plate heat transfer.

In the second section the common correlation is used as the reference correlation to establish effect of the span-to-pitch ratio on the endwall heat transfer in both passages. It was found that variation in the H/t ratio affects slightly the freestream velocity; the most important result which came from the heat transfer study is that in contrast to a curved duct a heat transfer rate in a blade passage is reduced while the H/t ratio decreases.

Comparison of the experimental data obtained by the author with results of the two-dimensional heat transfer prediction confirms that it is very important to take a three-dimensional heat transfer nature into account in design of the endwall convective cooling system. It has been demonstrated that distinction between the results of two- and three dimensional approach to the endwall heat transfer can achieve up to 70% at the passage’s inlet area.

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