Cooling techniques for advanced gas turbines


Gas turbines are widely used for power generation, producing megawatts of usable energy, but consume fossil fuels in order to do so. With gas prices on the rise, all eyes have turned to operating cost and fuel efficiency. To increase efficiency, manufactures raise the temperature of the gas that is combusted. This temperature is high above the melting point of the turbine components. In order for the gas turbine to work under these conditions, its parts must be protected. This study focuses on two aspects of cooling for turbine components. Over the last decades, researchers have investigated many aspects of film cooling, The present study investigates the impact of the stagnation region created by a downstream airfoil on endwall film cooling effectiveness with and without the presence of wake. Experimental measurements are presented for a single row of cylindrical holes inclined at 35° with hole length to diameter ratio, LID= 7.5, pitch to diameter ratio, Pl/D = 3 with a constant density ratio of 1.26, and with nitrogen as the coolant. Twelve different configurations were studied. The airfoil was positioned at X/D equal to 6.35, 12.7, and 25.4. A wake plate was added upstream of the film holes at -12.7 and -50.8 X/D. The effect of stagnation and wake was combined by placing both the airfoil and the wake plate in the test section, combining all positions of each. Baseline cases for the cooling holes alone, and the cooling holes with the airfoil and wake individually were compared to the combined effects. The experimental data shows that as the airfoil stagnation region inhibits film cooling close to the airfoil, and strong wake decreases film effectiveness. With both stagnation region and wake combined, an overall decrease in film cooling performance is observed. Higher blowing ratio increase lateral spreading of the jet promoting jet to jet interaction and mainstream interaction enhancing mixing. The presence of wake promotes jet mixing with the mainstream resulting in lower film cooling effectiveness. High performance turbine airfoils are typically cooled with a combination of internal cooling channels and impingement/film cooling. In such applications, the jets impinge against a target surface, and then exit along the channel formed by the jet plate, target plate, and side walls. Local convection coefficients are the result of both the jet impact, as well as the channel flow produced from the exiting jets. Numerous studies have explored the effects of jet array and channel configurations on both target and jet plate heat transfer coefficients. However, little work has been done in examining effects of height variation and heating on all channel walls, in which both target wall and side wall data is taken, as was neglected by previous literature. This study examines the local and averaged effects of channel height on heat transfer coefficients for target and side walls. High resolution local heat transfer coefficient distributions were measured using temperature sensitive paint and recorded via a scientific grade CCD camera. Streamwise pressure distributions for both the target and side walls was recorded and used to explain heat transfer trends. Results are presented for average jet based Reynolds numbers 17K to 45K. All experiments were carried out on a large scale single row, 15 hole impingement channel, with X/D of 5, YID of 4, and Z/D of 1, 3 and 5. Providing high quality results will aid in the validation of predictive tools and development of physics-based models.


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Thesis Completion





Kapat, Jayanta


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Engineering and Computer Science

Degree Program

Aerospace Engineering


Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering and Computer Science;Engineering and Computer Science -- Dissertations, Academic







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Open Access

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Honors in the Major Thesis

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