While it is well understood that certain nondimensional parameters, such as freestream Reynolds number and turbulence intensity, must be matched for proper design of film cooling experiments; uncertainty continues on the ideal method to scale film cooling flow rate. This debate typically surrounds the influence of the coolant to freestream density ratio (DR) and whether mass flux ratio or momentum flux ratio properly accounts for the density effects. Unfortunately, density is not the only fluid property to differ between typical wind tunnel experiments and actual turbine conditions. Temperature differences account for the majority of the property differences; however, attempts to match DR through the use of alternative gases can exacerbate these property differences. A computational study was conducted to determine the influence of other fluid properties besides density, namely, specific heat, thermal conductivity, and dynamic viscosity. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were performed by altering traditional film cooling nondimensional parameters as well as others such as the Reynolds number ratio, Prandtl number ratio, and heat capacity ratio (HCR) to evaluate their effects on adiabatic effectiveness and heat transfer coefficient. A cylindrical leading edge with a flat afterbody was used to simulate a turbine blade leading edge region. A single coolant hole was located 21.5 deg from the leading edge, angled 20 deg to the surface and 90 deg from the streamwise direction. Results indicated that thermal properties can play a significant role in understanding and matching results in cooling performance. Density effects certainly dominate; however, variations in conductivity and heat capacity can result in 10% or higher changes in the resulting heat flux to the surface when scaling ambient rig configurations to engine representative conditions.
Computational Fluid Dynamics Evaluations of Unconventional Film Cooling Scaling Parameters on a Simulated Turbine Blade Leading Edge
Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TURBOMACHINERY. Manuscript received February 5, 2014; final manuscript received June 30, 2014; published online July 29, 2014. Editor: Ronald Bunker. This material is declared a work of the US Government and is not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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Rutledge, J. L., and Polanka, M. D. (July 29, 2014). "Computational Fluid Dynamics Evaluations of Unconventional Film Cooling Scaling Parameters on a Simulated Turbine Blade Leading Edge." ASME. J. Turbomach. October 2014; 136(10): 101006. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028001
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