Through the comparison of flow structures, velocity contours, turbulence statistics, and additional flow quantities, the error sources of RANS are qualitatively described. The findings in this work will help gas turbine design engineers to tweak their turbulence models and give guidance on the interpretation of their results. The novelty is the application of the transient TLC method on this type of geometry as well as the near-wall PIV measurements. The advancements in additive manufacturing disrupt the classic turbine cooling development for casted airfoils. More and more complicated shapes and cooling schemes are possible. Nonetheless, a detailed physical understanding of fundamental cases - as provided in this study - is required for physics-based optimization of cooling designs.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Otto, Marcel, "Improving Turbine Performance: A Contribution to the Understanding of Heat Transfer and Vortical Structures in Staggered Pin Fin Arrays" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6752.