Rotation-induced Coriolis and centrifugal buoyancy forces result in significant modification of cooling characteristics of blade pressure and suction side internal walls. The nonuniformity in cooling, coupled with high-speed rotation, results in increased levels of thermal stresses. To address this problem, this study presents two multipassage configurations featuring 45-deg angled turbulators, in four- and six-passage designs. Experiments were carried out under stationary and rotating conditions using transient liquid crystal thermography to measure detailed heat transfer coefficient. It has been shown through experimental data that heat transfer characteristics of the new configurations’ pressure and suction side internal walls were very similar under rotating conditions, at both local and global scales. The heat transfer levels under rotating conditions were also similar to those of the stationary conditions. The contribution of multiple passages connected with 180-deg bends toward overall frictional losses has been evaluated in terms of pumping power and normalized friction factor. The configurations are ranked based on their thermal hydraulic performances over a wide range of Reynolds numbers. The four-passage ribbed configuration had slightly higher heat transfer levels compared with those of the corresponding six-passage ribbed configuration.

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