Matthew Cox

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Phillip Ligrani

Committee Member

Guangsheng Zhang

Committee Member

Babak Shotorban


Gas turbines--Aerodynamics, Blades


The present study investigates film cooling in the trailing edge region of a transonic turbine blade tip, employing five rectangular film cooling holes downstream of a squealer recess. Heat transfer coefficient, heat transfer coefficient ratio, and adiabatic film cooling effectiveness data are provided for two tip gaps, 0.8 mm and 1.4 mm, over a range of blowing ratios. Surface heat transfer characteristics are measured using a transient impulse-response approach with infrared thermography. Local values of adiabatic film cooling effectiveness increase with increasing blowing ratio and are consistently higher when the tip gap is 0.8 mm. Values of heat transfer coefficient ratio increase as blowing ratio increases for both tip gaps considered. Together, heat transfer coefficient ratio and adiabatic film cooling effectiveness data suggest that the thermal protection offered by the 0.8 mm tip gap is superior to that of the 1.4 mm tip gap for a range of blowing ratios.

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