Effect of pulsed film cooling on leading edge film effectiveness

Lamyaa A. El-Gabry, Richard B. Rivir

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Detailed film effectiveness measurements have been made on a cylindrical leading edge surface for steady and pulsating flows. The film hole is off centered by 21.5 deg from the centerline and angled 20 deg to the surface and 90 deg from the streamwise direction. Two jet-to-cross-flow velocity ratios have been considered: VR=1 and 2, which correspond to blowing ratios of 1 and 2, respectively. The pulsating frequency is 10 Hz and the duty cycle is 50%. Comparisons between film effectiveness with a pulsating film and a continuous film show that for the same blowing ratio, the effectiveness of the film drops by a factor of 2 when the flow is pulsed. Hotwire measurements are made to characterize the pulsating velocity waveform at the exit of the film exit and verify the integrity of the pulse. The variation in the measured surface adiabatic wall temperature over the pulsing duration is very small, suggesting a large thermal inertia that keeps the wall surface largely unaffected by the time scale of the pulsations; this holds true for both blowing ratios tested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041005
JournalJournal of Turbomachinery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 19 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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