High-pressure stage gas turbine blades feature serpentine passages where rib turbulators are installed to enhance heat transfer between the relatively colder air bled off from the compressor and the hot internal walls. Most of the prior studies have been restricted to Reynolds number of 90,000 and several studies have been carried out to determine geometrically optimized parameters for achieving high levels of heat transfer in this range of Reynolds number. However, for land-based power generation gas turbines, the Reynolds numbers are significantly high and vary between 105 and 106. The present study is targeted toward these high Reynolds numbers where traditional rib turbulator shapes and prescribed optimum geometrical parameters have been investigated experimentally. A steady-state liquid crystal thermography technique is employed for measurement of detailed heat transfer coefficient. Five different rib configurations, viz., 45 deg, V-shaped, inverse V-shaped, W-shaped, and M-shaped have been investigated for Reynolds numbers ranging from 150,000 to 400,000. The ribs were installed on two opposite walls of a straight duct with an aspect ratio of unity. For very high Reynolds numbers, the heat transfer enhancement levels for different rib shapes varied between 1.4 and 1.7 and the thermal hydraulic performance was found to be less than unity.
Rib Turbulator Heat Transfer Enhancements at Very High Reynolds Numbers
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications. Manuscript received June 27, 2018; final manuscript received April 2, 2019; published online May 20, 2019. Assoc. Editor: T.S. Ravigururajan.
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Zhang, M., Singh, P., and Ekkad, S. V. (May 20, 2019). "Rib Turbulator Heat Transfer Enhancements at Very High Reynolds Numbers." ASME. J. Thermal Sci. Eng. Appl. December 2019; 11(6): 061014. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043465
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