DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Adiabatic Effectiveness and Thermal Field Measurements of a Shaped Hole in the Showerhead of a Model Turbine Blade

Jacob D. MooreDavid G. Bogard


Few published studies incorporating shaped hole designs in the leading-edge region, or showerhead, of turbine airfoils have been performed; but among them is the indication that shaped holes may offer an improvement in coolant performance compared to cylindrical holes. A shaped hole was designed with the goal of high performance in the showerhead. The performance and physical behavior of this shaped hole design was studied in comparison to a traditional cylindrical hole design in a series of experiments. The geometries were built into the leading edge of a scaled-up turbine blade model for testing in a low-speed simulated linear cascade. To accomplish an engine-representative test environment, a nominally 5% approach turbulence level was used for this study. Adiabatic effectiveness as a function of coolant injection rate was measured for the two designs using infrared thermography. In addition, off-the-wall thermal field measurements were performed for each hole geometry in the leading-edge region. It was found that the shaped hole offered ∼20–100% higher performance in terms of adiabatic effectiveness depending on the coolant injection rate. The thermal field measurements suggested that this was due to the better attachment of...Continue Reading

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