High performance turbine airfoils are typically cooled with a combination of internal cooling channels and impingement/film cooling. In such applications, the jets impinge against a target surface, and then exit along the channel formed by the jet plate, target plate, and side walls. Local convection coefficients are the result of both the jet impact, as well as the channel flow produced from the exiting jets. Numerous studies have explored the effects of jet array and channel configurations on both target and jet plate heat transfer coefficients. However, little work has been done in examining effects on the channel side walls, which may be a major contributor to heat transfer in real world applications. This paper examines the local and averaged effects of channel height and on heat transfer coefficients, with special attention given to the channel side walls. The effects on heat transfer results due to bulk temperature variations were also investigated. High resolution local heat transfer coefficient distributions on target and side wall surfaces were measured using temperature sensitive paint and recorded via a scientific grade charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. Streamwise pressure distributions for both the target and side walls was recorded and used to explain heat transfer trends. Results are presented for average jet based Reynolds numbers between 17,000 and 45,000. All experiments were carried out on a large scale single row, 15 hole impingement channel, with X/D of 5, Y/D of 4, and Z/D of 1, 3 and 5. The results obtained from this investigation will aid in the validation of predictive tools and development of physics-based models.

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