Heat exchange passages usually use internal fins to enhance heat transfer. These fins have ranged from simple ribs or turbulators to complex helical inserts. Applications of interest range from traditional heat exchangers to internal cooling of turbine blades. In the present paper, a novel fin design that combines the benefits of swirl, impingement and high heat transfer surface area is presented. Measurements of the internal heat transfer coefficients are provided using a liquid crystal technique. Pressure drop along the passage are also measured, therefore friction factors and thermal performance factors are presented. The experiments cover Reynolds number from 10,000 to 40,000 based on the hydraulic diameter of the main channel of the test section. Two models are tested, which have fins oriented at 30 degree and 45 degree to the flow direction, respectively. The results demonstrate that these novel designs produce overall heat transfer ratios greater than 3 compared to the smooth passage.

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