DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Scaling Considerations for Thermal and Pressure Sensitive Paint Methods Used to Determine Adiabatic Effectiveness

Jacob P. FischerLuke J. McNamara


To be representative of engine conditions, a measurement of film cooling behavior on an experimental model must have certain nondimensional parameters matched, such as the freestream Reynolds number. However, the coolant flow rate must also be properly scaled between the low temperature tests and engine temperatures to accurately predict film cooling effectiveness. This process is complicated by gas property variation with temperature. Additionally, selection of the appropriate coolant flow rate parameter to scale from low to high temperatures is a topic of continued uncertainty. Furthermore, experiments are commonly conducted using thermal measurement techniques with infrared thermography (IR) but the use of pressure sensitive paints (PSPs) implementing the heat-mass transfer analogy is also common. Thus, the question arises of how the adiabatic effectiveness distributions compare between mass transfer experimental methods and thermal experimental methods and whether these two methods are sensitive to coolant flow rate parameters in different ways. In this study, a thermal technique with IR was compared to a heat-mass transfer method with a PSP on a flat plate model with a 7-7-7 film cooling hole. While adiabatic effectiveness...Continue Reading

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