An experimental and computational conjugate heat transfer study of an internally cooled, scaled-up simulated turbine vane with internal rib turbulators was performed. The conjugate nature of the model allowed for the effects of the internal ribs to be seen on the external overall effectiveness distribution. The enhanced internal heat transfer coefficient caused by the ribs increased the cooling capacity of the internal cooling circuit, lowering the overall metal temperature. External surface temperatures, internal surface temperatures, and coolant inlet and exit temperatures were measured and compared to data obtained from a non-ribbed model over a range of internal coolant Reynolds numbers. Internal rib turbulators were found to increase the overall effectiveness on the vane external surface by up to 50% relative to the non-ribbed model. Additionally, comparisons between the experimental measurements and computational predictions are presented.

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