An accelerated deposition test facility is used to study the effect of particle size and film cooling on deposit roughness, spatial distribution, and thickness. Tests were run at gas turbine representative inlet Mach numbers (0.08) and temperatures (1080 °C). Deposits were created from a subbituminous coal fly ash with mass median diameters from 4 to 16 micron (Stokes numbers ranging from 0.1 to 1.9). Two CFM56-5B nozzle guide vane doublets comprising three full passages and two half passages of flow were utilized as the test articles. Tests were run with three levels of film cooling. The addition of film cooling to the vanes was shown to decrease the deposit capture efficiency by as much as a factor of 3 and shift the primary location of deposit buildup to the leading edge, coincident with an increased region of positive cooling backflow margin. Video taken during the tests noted that film cooling holes with a negative backflow margin were primary areas of deposit formation, regardless of the film cooling percentage. The Stokes number was shown to have a marked effect on the vane capture efficiency, with the largest Stokes number ash (St = 1.9) approximately 3 times as likely to stick to the vane as the smallest Stokes number ash (St = 0.1). Posttest observations on the deposit thickness were made using a coordinate measurement machine. The deposit thickness was noted to be reduced with a decreasing Stokes number and an increased film cooling percentage. The deposit surface roughness falls with particle size but is only weakly dependent on the cooling level.

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