The objective of this study is to examine the effect of the geometrical modification of the land on the overall film cooling effectiveness on the cutback region of a turbine blade model. A room-temperature experiment was conducted, in which nitrogen serves as the cooling stream, and the mainstream flow is air. The adiabatic film cooling effectiveness was mapped employing the pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) technique. Data was acquired at five different blowing ratios (from 0.45 to 1.65) for both the baseline and the modified model. Detailed film cooling effectiveness from PSP measurements in correlation with the flow map in streamwise and spanwise planes from particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements was performed, characterizing the effect of rounding the edges of the lands. The results show that the rounded edges enable the coolant flow to reach the top surface of the land area more readily, especially at low blowing ratios. Superior coolant coverage on the land surface observed in the PSP measurements are well correlated with the PIV measurements. At the high blowing ratio of 1.65, the round edge of the lands helps regulate the mixing between the coolant and mainstream flows, therefore the film cooling effectiveness in the slot region is also improved.

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