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A Novel Test Rig for Assessing Advanced Rotor Blade Cooling Concepts, Measurement Technique and First Results

Elfner, Maximilian 1; Schulz, Achmed 1; Bauer, Hans-Jörg; Lehmann, Knut
1 Institut für Thermische Strömungsmaschinen (ITS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


This paper presents a new approach for assessing rotor blade cooling concepts. A new test rig has been designed, built and commissioned, allowing fast comparison of different cooling schemes as well as absolute surface temperature measurements for different cooling concepts. By scaling the test specimen, full aerothermal similarity was achieved at high measurement accuracy and resolution. This similarity however poses high demand on the employed measurement techniques. Surface temperature (and thus cooling effectiveness) is measured using high resolution, high dynamic range infrared thermography with an improved calibration method for in-situ radiation correction. Furthermore, an improved image evaluation algorithm is presented, allowing angle-of-view dependent emissivity correction and full 3D-evaluation of image data. Those improvements enable the measurement on strongly cooled and strongly curved surfaces, and thus the use of scaled rotor blades with true geometry. First results are presented comparing total cooling effectiveness of a conventionally cooled blade with internal ribs to the effectiveness of an internal swirl design blade. ... mehr

DOI: 10.1115/GT2017-64539
Zitationen: 12
Zitationen: 10
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Thermische Strömungsmaschinen (ITS)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-0-7918-5087-9
KITopen-ID: 1000074256
Erschienen in ASME Turbo Expo 2017 : Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, Volume 5A : Heat Transfer, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 26th - 30th June 2017
Verlag The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Seiten Art.Nr. GT2017-64539
Schlagwörter blade cooling, infrared thermography, turbine cooling
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