A detailed aerothermal characterization of an advanced leading edge (LE) cooling system has been performed by means of experimental measurements. Heat transfer coefficient distribution has been evaluated exploiting a steady-state technique using thermochromic liquid crystals (TLCs), while flow field has been investigated by means of particle image velocimetry (PIV). The geometry key features are the multiple impinging jets and the four rows of coolant extraction holes, and their mass flow rate distribution is representative of real engine working conditions. Tests have been performed in both static and rotating conditions, replicating a typical range of jet Reynolds number (Rej), from 10,000 to 40,000, and rotation number (Roj) up to 0.05. Different crossflow conditions (CR) have been used to simulate the three main blade regions (i.e., tip, mid, and hub). The aerothermal field turned out to be rather complex, but a good agreement between heat transfer coefficient and flow field measurement has been found. In particular, jet bending strongly depends on crossflow intensity, while rotation has a weak effect on both jet velocity core and area-averaged Nusselt number. Rotational effects increase for the lower crossflow tests. Heat transfer pattern shape has been found to be substantially Reynolds independent.

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