Pin fins are commonly used as heat transfer augmentors for internal cooling of turbine airfoils. These pins may extend from one wall to the other or may be segmented to meet specific requirements of removing the airfoil’s varying heat load. Three configurations of the partial pins were tested in a channel with aspect ratio 25:1 and the results are compared with those for the full pins. The array average heat transfer rate decreases linearly with increasing gap and is bounded by the value for full pins at one end and that for the smooth channel at the other. However, the local distribution of the Nusselt number and the average for each of the two walls depends on the configuration of the partial pins. The friction factor was lower for partial pins than for the full pins and also decreased with increasing gap. For the configuration with all partial pins on one wall, the friction factor was found to be the lowest, with no change in the corresponding heat transfer rate from a wall with pins.

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