Abstract

Development of efficient cooling technologies are imperative to support the constant push for higher turbine inlet temperatures to achieve increased overall turbine efficiency. High-pressure stage turbine blades are subjected to hostile environment involving high temperature turbulent flow exiting from the combustor section. The blade leading edge is subjected to flow stagnation and hence requires special attention in terms of both, internal and external cooling. This study is focused on improving the internal side heat transfer coefficient by installing novel micro-roughness elements on the target wall. The study is based on Singh, Prashant, et al. “Effect of micro-roughness shapes on jet impingement heat transfer and fin-effectiveness.” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 132 (2019): 80–95, where different micro-roughness shapes were investigated experimentally and numerically. The authors proposed that the novel concentric-cylinder shaped roughened geometry exhibited highest fin-effectiveness. Present study reports the effect of three micro-roughness shapes, viz. cylindrical, cubic and concentric cylinder. Conjugate heat transfer study was performed, and the heat transfer performance was reported in the form of local Nusselt number and globally averaged fin-effectiveness. An array jet configuration of 5 × 5 jets with a jet-to-jet spacing of X/Djet = Y/Djet = 3 and jet-to-target plate spacing of Z/Djet = 1 was maintained for jet-diameter based Reynolds number (ReDjet) ranging from 3,000 to 12,000. Investigation on the effect of pin-fin shapes shows that the concentric-shaped micro pin-fin element had the highest fin-effectiveness of 2.45 at ReDjet = 12,000. Further, pin-fin optimization studies were performed for the concentric cylinder pin-fin shape, where the effect of pin-fin height and the effect of internal to external diameter ratio was studied. The pin-fin effectiveness increased with increase in height and diameter ratio, and a maximum fin effectiveness was observed for maximum pin-fin height.

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